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EPA's Coal Ash Rule Effective Today

October 19, 2015

Today marks the effective date for EPA's rule governing the disposal of coal combustion residuals ("CCR," also known as "coal ash") generated as a by-product of coal-fired electricity generation. Under Subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the CCR Rule for the first time places enforcement authority primarily in the hands of citizens, who may access compliance information online in accordance with EPA's Next Generation (NextGen) compliance initiative. Although many of the Rule's requirements have future compliance deadlines, today owners or operators of CCR landfills and surface impoundments must finalize their fugitive dust control plans, begin weekly inspections, initiate monthly monitoring of surface impoundment instruments, conduct required recordkeeping, provide required notifications to state or tribal authorities, and establish their publicly accessible websites in accordance with 40 C.F.R. §§ 257.80, 257.83, 257.84, and 257.05-257.07.

Corporate counsel who wish to learn more about the CCR Rule and its enforcement and litigation risks can review our "10 Key Points" on the Rule by clicking here.

For more information, please contact the professional(s) listed below, or your regular Crowell & Moring contact.

Kirsten L. Nathanson
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.624.2887
Clifford J. Zatz
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.624.2810