In our last post, we spoke briefly about the criticism from elected officials and citizens in Wayne County directed against a coal ash waste disposal plan. As we mentioned, companies which produce coal ash waste are required to abide by state and federal rules and regulations concerning coal ash waste.
At the federal level, the Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for overseeing compliance with the rules governing coal ash disposal. Under current regulations, there are technical requirements for coal combustion residual landfills and surface impoundments. In addition to these requirements, federal regulations also address matters such as leakage of contaminants into ground water, air pollution from coal ash residuals, and rules applying to the catastrophic failure of coal ash impoundments.