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29 August 2010

Land Requirements of Coal Ash Ponds

The ash ponds inventoried so far take up 31,643 acres of area, or about 51 square miles. During 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent out information requests to utilites in an effort to build a descriptive database of coal ash impoundments and similar facilities. The EPA will use the data to conduct a quality review. As of August 2010, responses have been received from 228 coal power generating facilities …


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4 April 2009

Regulatory Fallout from Kingston Coal Sludge Incident?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be reviewing hundreds of wetland and watercourse permits formerly handled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), according to this LA Times article. The EPA has had the authority to intervene for years, but rarely did under the Bush Administration. Looks like things are different now. The EPA appears to have a new mandate from President Obama and its decision to flex some …


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