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EPA releases plans to improve safety of coal ash impoundments.

Action plans developed to make coal ash impoundments safer have been released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The plans, developed by 16 electric utilities, were created in response to the government's assessment reports of the nation's coal ash impoundments following the disastrous failure of the Tennessee Valley Authority's coal ash impoundment pond in Kingston, Tenn., in December 2008.

"EPA is committed to making communities across the country safer places to live," said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

"The information we are releasing today shows that we continue to make progress in our efforts to prevent future coal ash spills."

Since May 2009, the EPA has been conducting on-site assessments of coal ash impoundments and ponds at electric utilities and generating reports on their structural integrity for the utilities.

The action plans, released May 20th, address recommendations from assessments of 40 impoundments at the 16 facilities. Many of these facilities have already begun implementing EPA's recommendations, official said.

Also available are reports on 37 coal ash impoundments at an additional 15 facilities which the EPA said have a "high" or "significant" hazard potential.

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Publication:Solid Waste Report
Date:May 31, 2010
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