Local Politics

Sierra Club seeks changes to use of coal ash

Posted April 12, 2010 1:45 p.m. EDT

A report released Monday by the North Carolina Sierra Club urges legislative changes for the disposal of coal ash created as a by-product at coal-burning power plants in the state.

Sierra Club Report: The Story of Coal Ash Waste in our Backyard

North Carolina has few restrictions on the use of coal ash and allows it to be used a base for roads and to be mixed into concrete for construction.

The state would be forced to change local regulations if, as expected, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designates coal ash as hazardous waste and imposes new national standards on its disposal.

No matter what the federal government does, the Sierra Club asked the Perdue administration to discontinue allowing coal ash to be used in land development among other changes.