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New EPA Rule Could Accelerate Cleanup of Coal Ash Dumps

I've been following the issue of coal ash contamination for years, and it's great to see the EPA finally take action. For almost a decade, a loophole in federal regulations allowed dangerous coal ash dumps to escape oversight. This meant communities like mine in Clermont County, Ohio were left vulnerable to contamination from nearby coal waste sites.
The new EPA rule is a major step forward. It closes the loophole and brings these legacy coal ash sites under federal regulation. This means they'll be subject to monitoring and cleanup requirements, which is essential to protecting our water supplies. I'm especially glad the rule addresses those surface dumps that don't neatly fit into existing categories. These sites have posed a real threat, and it's important they're included.
While some industry groups are concerned about the impact on recycling coal ash, the new rule only applies to cases where the ash is causing environmental harm. If there's a safe way to reuse the ash, it can still be done. The most important thing is to ensure these dumps aren't poisoning our communities. The EPA deserves credit for taking a stand for public health.




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  • Joseph Githinji

    30 m

    A great step by EPA that will catalyse ash coal clean up to protect the vulnerable communities and create a sustainable environment.

    • Jane Wangui

      1 d

      The new EPA rule is a major step forward towards faster clean up of coal ash dumps.this is commendable.

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      • DIPANJANA MAULIK

        2 w

        U.S. coal plants have produced roughly five billion tons of CCR (Coal Combustion Residuals) . What is going to be the cleanup mechanism? Cleanup of coal ash of thermal power plants, presumably the pond ash, is not easy task because unlike fly ash, use of pond ash is very restricted.

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        • We Don't Have Time

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          • Munene Mugambi

            2 w

            The new EPA rule on coal ash dumps is a crucial step in safeguarding public health. By closing loopholes and imposing monitoring and cleanup requirements, it protects communities from contamination, ensuring clean water supplies and a healthier environment for all. I'm in full support of it

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            • Ann Nyambura

              2 w

              Communities shouldn't have to suffer from coal ash contamination just because of regulatory oversights. Kudos to the EPA for taking action

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              • Munene Mugambi

                2 w

                @ann_nyambura_542 Indeed. The people have a right to clean unpolluted air and it's a suprise the EPA took this long to even consider working on this.

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              • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                2 w

                Although late,such a bold step by EPA will go a long way in cleaning coal ash which will consequently protect human beings from exposure to this dangerous pollutant.

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                • Munene Mugambi

                  2 w

                  @rukia_ahmed_abdi My thinking too, it is late but better late than never, aye? It's progress in the right direction regardless of the timeframe

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                • walter lungayi

                  2 w

                  Strengthening regulatory oversight of these environmental threats is a constructive step towards mitigating the public health and ecological risks posed by coal combustion residuals. Effective implementation of this policy could lead to tangible improvements in waste management and site remediation.

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                  • Princess

                    2 w

                    This rule has the potential to bring much needed relief to affected people.

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                    • Gorffly mokua

                      2 w

                      Great! The new EPA rule could help accelerate the cleanup of coal ash dumps and protect vulnerable communities from exposure to toxic pollutants.

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                      • Ann Nyambura

                        2 w

                        @gorffly_mokua the new EPA rule is a step in the right direction.

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