EPA action against coal ash is harming recycling
Citizens for Recycling First has a blurb on the recent letter to the EPA from a bipartisan Senate group. The letter, prepared by Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Michael Enzi (R-WY) and signed by 44 senators from both main parties (12 Democrats and 32 Republicans), calls for the EPA to end its prolonged dithering and finalize its regulations with regard to coal ash disposal and recycling. Furthermore, the letter demands that the EPA move forward with the regulations under Subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), meaning coal ash would not be labeled “hazardous waste.”
The Senators described the substantial environmental and financial impacts the EPA’s protracted stalling has already caused.
Since the EPA first signaled its possible intention to regulate CCRs under subtitle C, financial institutions have withheld financing for projects using CCRs, and some end-users have balked at using CCRs in their products until the outcome of the EPA’s proposed rulemaking is known. Already, beneficial use of CCRs has decreased, and landfill disposal has increased. This result is counterproductive but likely to continue as long as the present regulatory uncertainty persists