Category Archives: Coal

Resurgence in Coal: Can Politics “Trump” Economics?

President Trump’s repeated proclamation of his desire to restore coal jobs certainly appealed to unemployed miners in the coal fields.  True to his word, the new administration has reeled in regulatory initiatives put in place by his predecessor which were viewed as detrimental to the coal industry.  While his efforts may have helped spur the… Read More »

Coal Ash Disposal – Coal Combustion Residuals in WV

On October 19, 2015, Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities final rule became effective that regulates the disposal of coal combustion residuals (“CCR”), otherwise known as coal ash, generated from coal-fired power plants. The rule was promulgated under subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”). Prior to this date, CCR… Read More »

Sue And Settle: Court Rules Consent Decree Not Consistent with Public Interest December 19, 2014 Deadline for Proposing Coal Ash Rules Should Not Be Subject to Delay by the Parties

Authored by:    Kathy Beckett and Kathy Milenkovski The United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently rejected a proposed settlement agreement in litigation between several environmental groups and the EPA over EPA’s review of a proposed rule to classify coal ash as a hazardous waste.  According to the judge, the proposed settlement agreement… Read More »

Court Hesitant to Push Aside Post-Summit Memo

A coalition of manufacturers, the National Environmental Development Association’s Clean Air Project (NEDACAP), has asked the D.C. Circuit Court to strike the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) memorandum regarding how it planned to address a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling striking the agency’s policy regarding how it would implement air… Read More »

EPA Publishes New Power Plant Emissions Rule

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for regulating carbon dioxide emissions from new fossil fuel-fired power plants in the Federal register on January 8, 2013. The 60-day public comment period for this proposed rule closes on March 10, 2014 and there is a public hearing scheduled for… Read More »

Federal Judge Mandates USEPA Set Schedule for Final Rule-Making Regarding Coal Ash Residue

A federal court has now ordered USEPA to set a deadline for finalizing federal coal ash regulations.  Pursuant to the court order, USEPA has 60 days to set a schedule for the final publication of regulations concerning how we will treat coal ash residue in this country. The order was the result of a lawsuit… Read More »

Pennsylvania – Legislative Bills Introduced to Address Threatened and Endangered Species

As part of the permitting process for natural resource extraction permits in Pennsylvania (coal, oil, natural gas) permit applicants must conduct threatened and endangered species reviews utilizing the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI) environmental review tool.  This online tool allows the user to search the Commonwealth’s database by entering the project area and type into… Read More »

Region III Agenda Presents Challenges to West Virginia Business

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Committee made its annual visit to USEPA Region III on June 25, 2013 to discuss national and state environmental issues and potential impacts on West Virginia.  The meeting was well attended by Chamber members and USEPA staff.  Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin took time to welcome us and give… Read More »