Utilities are throwing their weight behind an amendment that would give states a bigger role in regulating coal ash disposal
WASHINGTON, DC — “On Oct. 17th, utilities submitted their compliance plans for the EPA’s 2014 Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) rule, the first national standard for the safe handling of coal ash waste. But there’s an amendment in the works that could change how industry is handling the issue.
Submission of compliance plans is an event, long awaited by environmental groups and communities, that signifies is a step forward in regulation on coal ash waste disposal. But many advocates worry that the rules, enforced by citizen suits and not the EPA, could allow for irresponsible coal ash disposal.
Utility CEOs want to be proactive, turn misfortune into opportunity
‘The CEO community is really concerned about this issue,’ Shea said at a press roundtable in Washington. ‘We’ve had the TVA and we’ve had the Duke spill, so we are trying to handle this judiciously, in the most-effective manner, and in the best way for our customers.’
‘If you go through a year down the road and there is a spill, it is not going to be relegated down to the engineers; the CEOs are going to be hands on with this, and there’s going to be a lot of outreach and proactivity.’
Duke Energy, for instance, is now shelling out $6 million dollars in fines for its Dan River spill in 2014, which involved a pipe bursting at the Eden plant and a subsequent release of 30,000 tons of sludge that violated federal clean water laws, reports CBS News.”
— Shalina Chatlani, Utility Dive