A State’s Role in Coal Ash Regulation
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The Southeast has the highest concentration of coal ash dump sites in any region in the nation. In December 2015, EPA finalized its minimum standards for coal ash disposal and put states in charge of implementing EPA’s rules to regulated this toxic trash. But Southeastern states do not have a good track record when it comes to protecting communities and the environment from coal ash. Furthermore, states often face obstacles such as budget constraints, industry pressure, and conflicting priorities among decision makers, inhibiting the proper regulation of coal ash at the state level. Even Tennessee, home of the tragic Kingston coal ash disaster, does not have safeguards designed to prevent future structural disasters or address ongoing groundwater contamination. This report from Earthjustice the highlights the historical failure of state programs across the country.
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So Many Ways To Say “Coal Ash”
There are a lot of words used to describe both coal ash waste and the ways in which it is stored. Coal ash is also called "coal combustion waste" (CCW) and "coal combustion residuals" (CCR). Wet coal ash impoundments are frequently known as "ponds," "lagoons," or "surface impoundments."