EPA Touted Coal Ash Use Before Studying Risks: Report

Law360, New York (March 25, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency promoted beneficial uses of coal ash without first gathering the proper information about the waste product’s safety risks, according to a report released Wednesday.

In 2001, the EPA launched a program called the Coal Combustion Products Partnership to promote the beneficial uses of coal combustion residuals, touting its uses in concrete manufacturing, or soil enhancement, for example, a report by the EPA's inspector general said.

But the agency did not follow standard and accepted practices to ensure that its promotion of...
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