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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting five public hearings on the Agency’s June 21, 2010 proposal to regulate the disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. EPA invites the public to provide written comments on the proposal until September 21, 2010. Each hearing will begin at 10 a.m. and continueuntil 9 p.m., local time or later if necessary. To help the Agency plan for attendance at the hearings, they encourage you to preregister to speak at the hearings, additionally, walk-ins and written comments will be accepted at each hearing. The proceedings of each hearing will be transcribed by a court reporter for the official record. The Agency will consider all significant comments in its final decision.


August 30: Hyatt Regency, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202, Phone: (703) 418-1234.

September 2: Grand Hyatt, 1750 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80202, Phone: (303) 295-1234.

September 8: Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75207, Phone: (214) 651-1234,

September 14: Holiday Inn Charlotte (Airport), 2707 Little Rock Road, Charlotte, NC 28214, Phone: (704) 394-4301.

September 16: Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605, Phone: (312) 922-4400.

September 21: Omni Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, Phone (412) 281-7100.

September 28: Seelbach Hilton, 500 Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202, Phone (502) 585-3200.

To preregister to speak at the hearings, please visit: or call 703-308-8429

Background: EPA’s proposal is the first-ever national effort to ensure the safedisposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. The need for national management criteria and regulation was emphasized by the December 2008 spill of coal ash from a surface impoundment near Kingston, TN. The Agency has proposed two main management approaches, one of which effectively phases out surface impoundments, moving all coal ash to landfills; the other allows coal ash to be disposed insurface impoundments, but with stricter safety criteria.

More information about the proposed regulation

Chart comparing the two approaches