If approved, it will be the first time coal ash has been regulated in the U.S. Last December, the dam of a coal-ash impoundment west of Knoxville, Tenn., gave way, destroying a number of homes, pouring into the river and covering a 300-acre rural residential area with sludge.
To review the proposal, go to the EPA site here. The nearest coal-ash impoundment to Asheville is just south of town at Progress Energy's Skyland plant (at Lake Julian). The proposal recommends exempting "beneficial" uses of coal ash. For example, coal ash is used as filler material for concrete.Read the full article