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EPA Continues to Regulate Disposed Coal Ash as Nonhazardous Waste but Greatly Upgrades Impoundment and Landfill Standards

On 19 December 2014, the EPA placed on its website a controversial new rule on how coal ash is regulated when disposed in wet surface impoundments and dry landfills. The final rule is in direct response to a retaining wall that failed at a coal ash impoundment at the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston, Tennessee power plant in 2009, and more recently, a coal ash impoundment release at a Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina, both allowing tons of coal ash to run across neighboring property and into waterways.

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