Waste

"EPA Formally Denies Alabama’s Plan for Coal Ash Waste"

"The Environmental Protection Agency has formally denied Alabama’s plan to allow Alabama Power and other utilities to continue storing toxic coal ash in unlined pits at sites across the state."

Source: Inside Climate News, 05/24/2024

Colo. Gov. Vetoes Bill To End State Incentives For ‘Advanced Recycling’

"Gov. Jared Polis vetoed legislation on Friday that would have banned state incentives for projects to process waste through pyrolysis and gasification — techniques to break down plastics using heat applied in low-oxygen environments."

Source: CPR, 05/23/2024

"Fast-Rising Seas Could Swamp Septic Systems In Parts Of The South"

"On the worst days, when the backyard would flood and the toilet would gurgle and the smell of sewage hung thick in the air, Monica Arenas would flee to her mother-in-law’s home to use the bathroom or wash laundry."

Source: Washington Post, 05/23/2024

There's An Off-Season Viral Surge In California Wastewater. Is It Avian Flu?

"An unusual surge in flu viruses detected at wastewater treatment plants in California and other parts of the country is raising concerns among some experts that H5N1 bird flu may be spreading farther and faster than health officers initially thought."

Source: LA Times, 05/16/2024

Experts Blast CDC Over Failure To Test Sewage For H5N1 bird Flu Virus

"It emerged as a powerful tool for public health officers during the COVID-19 pandemic, when it was used to gauge the prevalence of coronavirus in communities across the nation. But wastewater surveillance — the testing of sewage for signs of pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2, poliovirus and mpox virus — has yet to be employed in the tracking of H5N1 bird flu virus."

Source: LA Times, 05/13/2024

"EPA Finally Takes On Abandoned Coal Ash Ponds — But It Might Be Too Late"

"The new rule builds on a landmark 2015 rule prohibiting coal ash from being permanently stored in places where it comes into contact with groundwater. This was meant to reform the widespread practice of creating so-called coal ash ponds where the toxin is stored in a wet slurry. While at that time the EPA only applied the rule to coal plants in active use, the new rule will require the cleanup of hundreds of “legacy” coal ash ponds."

Source: Grist, 05/07/2024

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