The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its long-awaited proposal Tuesday on regulating the waste produced by coal-fired power plants. The regulation comes in response to the December 2008 spill of more than a billion gallons of coal ash from a Tennessee Valley Authority facility in Kingston, Tenn.
The EPA did not classify the substance as “hazardous” but maintains the new rules will ensure the safe disposal and management of coal ash, while supporting safe and beneficial uses.
Rep. Pricey Harrison, vice-chair of the N.C. House Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources, believes the oversight is long overdue. Harrison talks about the dangers of coal ash in North Carolina this weekend on “News & Views” with Chris Fitzsimon.
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