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EPA hearing Tuesday on coal residuals program

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Aug. 02, 2019 - 5:38 PM

 EPA hearing Tuesday on coal residuals program

Courtesy of U.S. EPA

Coal-power electrical plants create coal ash. A hearing on Tuesday is being held to discuss how coal ash will be monitored in Georgia.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public hearing on whether to allow the state to oversee the handling of coal ash from power plants.

The hearing will be Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s Tradeport Training Room, 4244 International Parkway, Suite 116, Atlanta, Georgia 30354. An application has been submitted by Georgia EPD to allow the Georgia Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Permit Program to operate in lieu of the federal CCR program.

EPA has preliminarily determined that Georgia’s program meets the standard for approval under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Georgia is the second state to submit a complete CCR permit program application. In June, EPA proposed to approve the Georgia program.

EPA is currently seeking public comment on the proposed approval and is holding a public hearing to provide interested persons the opportunity to present information and views concerning Georgia’s CCR permit program.

For those who are unable to participate in the public hearing, but would like to submit comments on this proposal, the comment period is open until Aug. 27. To submit comments on or before that date, follow the instructions found in the docket for the proposal, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OLEM–2018– 0533, at

For other methods of commenting, view the ADDRESSES section of the proposal, which can be found at

Plant Yates in Coweta County burned coal for many years, and coal ash is stored on the site of the plant in western Coweta County. Work is being done to drain ponds and consolidate the ash into onsite landfills.