Concrete groups are on tenterhooks, waiting for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to publish a proposed rule that aims to designate fly ash and other coal-combustion by-products as hazardous waste. The concrete sector is concerned even about the ramifications of a “hybrid” rule that would allow beneficial uses of CCBs to continue. Photo: Sue Pearsall/ENR Proposed federal rule would complicate production and disposal of concrete structures. Related Links: Coal-Ash Regulation Could Quash Plans To Build Plant Major among these beneficial uses is fly ash in concrete. The ingredient, a partial replacement for portland cement, is known to increase concrete’s constructibility,
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