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EPA/SWER RIN: 2050-AE81 Publication ID: Spring 2014 
Title: Standards for the Management of Coal Combustion Residuals Generated by Commercial Electric Power Producers 
Abstract: On June 21, 2010, EPA proposed to regulate coal combustion residuals generated from the combustion of coal at electric utilities and independent power producers to address risks from the disposal of coal combustion residuals in surface impoundments and landfills. EPA sought public comments on two approaches available under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). One proposed option would be to list these residuals as "special wastes," and draws from remedies available under subtitle C of RCRA, which creates a comprehensive program of federally enforceable requirements for waste management and disposal. The other proposed option included remedies under subtitle D of RCRA, which gives EPA authority to set disposal standards for waste management facilities. Under both options, EPA proposed not to regulate the beneficial use of coal combustion residuals, such as its use in concrete. In addition, this rule would not address coal combustion residuals generated from non-utility boilers burning coal, nor would it address the placement of coal combustion residuals in mines or non-minefill uses of coal combustion residuals at coal mine sites. Since the publication of the proposed rule, EPA has issued three Notices of Data Availability (NODAs) seeking public comment on additional data and information obtained by EPA. In the most recent NODA, issued on August 2, 2013, EPA invited comment on additional information to supplement the Regulatory Impact Analysis and risk assessment; information on large scale fill; and data on the surface impoundment structural integrity assessments. With this NODA, EPA also sought comment on two issues associated with the requirements for coal combustion residual management units. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: State, local, or tribal governments; Private Sector 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 257    261    264    265    268    271    302     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 42 USC 6905    42 USC 6906    42 USC 6907(a)(3)    42 USC 6912    42 USC 6912(a)    42 USC 6912(a)(1)    42 USC 6921    42 USC 6922    42 USC 6923    42 USC 6924    42 USC 6925    42 USC 6925(j)    42 USC 6935    42 USC 6936    42 USC 6937    42 USC 6944(a)    42 USC 6949a(c)    33 USC 1345(d)    33 USC 1345(e)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Judicial  Consent Decree  12/19/2014 
Action Date FR Cite
Notice  08/29/2007  72 FR 49714   
NPRM  06/21/2010  75 FR 35128   
Notice  07/15/2010  75 FR 41121   
Notice  10/12/2011  76 FR 63252   
Notice  08/02/2013  78 FR 46940   
Final Rule  12/00/2014 
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-RCRA-2009-0640, EPA-HQ-RCRA-2011-0392.!docketDetail;D=EPA-HQ-RCRA-2009-0640
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:!docketDetail;D=EPA-HQ-RCRA-2011-0392  
Sectors Affected: 221112 Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Alexander Livnat
Environmental Protection Agency
Solid Waste and Emergency Response
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 5304P,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:703 308-7251
Fax:703 605-0595

Steve Souders
Environmental Protection Agency
Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:703 308-8431
Fax:703 605-0595