EPA Will Not Regulate Fly-Ash As Hazardous Material
- Published: Monday, 22 December 2014 15:05
- Written by Rock Products News
The Obama administration announced the first federal regulations for disposal of fly-ash from power plants in an attempt to shield the environment from the toxic substance, however it will not define fly-ash a "hazardous material."
The new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets structural integrity standards for all existing and new disposal sites to reduce the chances that they will leak or break. It also requires that new fly-ash ponds be lined and not located in sensitive areas like wetlands and earthquake zones.