SOUTH JORDAN, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HEADWATERS INCORPORATED (NYSE:HW), the nation’s largest manager and marketer of Coal Combustion Products (“CCPs”), today applauded a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency action that will lead to regulatory certainty for coal ash as a “non-hazardous” material.
A Consent Decree signed by Headwaters and all other parties to the Appalachian Voices vs Gina McCarthy lawsuit was delivered to the Federal DC District Court on January 29, 2014. The Consent Decree states, "The EPA Administrator shall, by December 19, 2014, sign for publication in the Federal Register a notice taking final action regarding EPA’s proposed revision of RCRA Subtitle D regulations pertaining to coal combustion residuals."
“We are pleased that EPA is committing to finalize its proposed upgraded standards for coal ash disposal under Subtitle D, the non-hazardous waste section of RCRA,” said Kirk Benson, Headwaters Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We will finally achieve regulatory certainty during 2014.”
In 2012, Headwaters sued EPA to force a deadline for finalizing coal ash disposal regulations that were initially proposed in 2010 under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”). The proposed regulations created regulatory uncertainty that has dampened the beneficial use of coal combustion products. The District Court agreed with Headwaters and ordered EPA to propose a date by which it would finalize revised coal ash disposal rules. In the Consent Decree the parties have agreed to set the date at December 19, 2014, and also not to appeal the Court’s order. This lifts the burden of regulatory uncertainty.
“We have worked with the EPA for over five years and feel very comfortable with the settlement agreed to with Headwaters and the other plaintiffs,” said Benson. “We previously reported that EPA said that alignment of new CCP impoundment water standards with proposed CCP disposal rules ‘could provide strong support for a conclusion that regulation of coal combustion products under RCRA Subtitle D would be adequate.’ It now appears almost certain that EPA will move forward with Subtitle D nonhazardous waste regulations.”
A possibility remains that Congress could amend RCRA and require states to enforce national Federal Subtitle D nonhazardous waste standards for coal ash disposal under state-issued permits. These legislatively-required permits could improve the overall management of coal ash disposal if enacted.
“In either the legislative or the regulatory approach, the prospect of an unwarranted and damaging ‘hazardous waste’ designation for disposed coal ash is eliminated and the regulatory uncertainty removed,” said Benson. “Regulatory certainty will help us grow the beneficial use of coal ash – safely keeping the material out of disposal facilities, creating economic and environmental value.”
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Headwaters Incorporated is improving lives through innovative advancements in construction materials through application, design, and purpose. Headwaters is a diversified growth company providing products, technologies and services to the heavy construction materials, light building products, and energy technology industries. Through its coal combustion products, building products, and energy businesses, the Company has been able to improve sustainability by transforming underutilized resources into valuable products. www.headwaters.com
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