Georgia Power comments on EPA coal ash ruling

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The EPA ruled coal ash is not a hazardous material, but it did set rules for handling the residue coal burning power plants create.

The guidelines include construction standards for coal ash retention ponds. 

Georgia Power officials said the new ruling could interfere with their coal ash recycling program. 

“The by-product of coal fire generation actually do have some very beneficial uses. You can use them in roads and various other industrial uses so we do, currently, recycle or sell off about 53% of the waste product that’s produced by our coal plants,” Jacob Hawkins, a spokesperson with Georgia Power, said.

Officials with Georgia Power plan to review the ruling thoroughly before deciding how they will come into compliance with the new standards. 

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