Current Regulations Governing Coal Combustion By-Products

Database of State Regulations Affecting Disposal and Utilization of Coal Combustion Byproducts

A Summary Provided by NETL and the American Coal Ash Association

Coal combustion byproducts (CCBs) are generated when coal is used to generate electricity and power industrial processes. Tens of millions of tons of these materials are produced each year. Many uses of these byproducts are possible, but currently, most of them are taken to landfills.

Previous work at NETL identified regulatory issues as one factor preventing more widespread reuse of CCBs. CCBs are generally regulated by state authorities, and the various states have developed widely differing rules. The Database was developed as one way to help CCB generators, users, and regulators share information across state boundaries.

The website contains summary information on current regulations in each state, drawn from the American Coal Ash Association's biannual report "State Solid Waste Regulations Governing the Use of Coal Combustion Byproducts. In addition, contact information for individuals with regulatory responsibility in each state is provided. Regulations and personnel are subject to change, however, so information on this site may not include the most recent regulations or all individuals involved in permitting a given site or use.