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October 7, 2013
A federal court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) needs to set federal regulations for the proper disposal of toxic coal ash.
Judge Reggie Walton for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia agreed with environmental and public health groups that had filed a lawsuit in April 2012, challenging the EPA’s lack of federal regulations for the United States’ second largest industrial waste stream, according to a news release from Washington-based Earthjustice.
In its ruling, the court said it will issue a memorandum opinion within 30 days with more specifics.
Earthjustice called the decision the first step toward federally enforceable safeguards, monitoring and protections against coal ash. The court did deny one of the environmentalists claims regarding testing procedures for coal ash contamination, but Earthjustice said it needs more details before the group can understand the implications of that ruling.
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Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.
Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.
Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.
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