Partner Joshua More was quoted in an article reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ruling on the handling of coal ash. The ruling creates requirements and standards for the management of the combustion residuals of coal. Though the EPA did not classify coal ash as hazardous waste—instead classifying it as solid waste, the disposal of which carries less requirements than hazardous waste—Josh, counsel for Utilities, said the EPA was clear that this was not their final ruling.
Josh said that the EPA will continue to evaluate and determine the appropriate regulatory approach. He continued that while this was an attempt at a national regulation system, the measure failed because it is a self-implementation program.