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Coal ash waste would be exempt from hazardous waste ban under bills

A backhoe moves coal flyash from a road in 2009 near the Emory River in Tennessee after a dike wall at the Kingston Fossil Fuel Plant failed and released 5.4 million cubic yards of ash into the river. Photo from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Legislation filed in Florida would exempt coal ash from power plants and cement kilns from being classified as hazardous waste.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since 2010 has been considering whether to classify coal ash as hazardous waste. 

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