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Ash Pond Newsletter: December 2021

Posted on January 03, 2022

The following is a collection of ash pond news from December 2021. Our intent is to provide you with important news pieces to help inform your business decisions and keep you up to date about the coal and ash pond industry.

This downloadable newsletter provides resources and explanations of ash pond news concerning a number of topics, including:

  • In the United States, there are an estimated 511 coal ash ponds which are used to contain nearly 78.6 million tons of coal ash.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has authorized a new wastewater rule requiring power plants to clean coal ash and heavy metals from wastewater prior to discharging to waterbodies. This rule is expected to impact around 75 US coal-fired plants.
  • The USEPA is investigating Alabama Power, their Plant Barry, and an ash pond near Mobile, Alabama.
  • The Navy Red Hill water crisis has created challenges for schools in Oahu, Hawaii as over 3,000 students are unable to use the water to drink, cook, or use for oral hygiene.