RecycleFirst wrote:EPA will admit that coal ash does not qualify as a hazardous waste based on its toxicity. EPA wants to declare it a hazardous waste, however, because the way the law is written, that's the only way they can take jurisdiction over coal ash disposal away from the states. EPA doesn't seem to care that the stigma created by calling it "hazardous waste" could ruin a vibrant industry that recycles coal ash.
Lots more information here: http://www.recyclingfirst.org
I found that site a while back, but it's a good link to explore.
Seems there are folks working with the EPA atm to develop common sense handling of coal ash. However, it does not appear that anthracite ash will require any new handling procedures regardless.