Power company plans recycling plant for Md. ash

March 10, 2010

An Atlanta-based power company plans to build a recycling plant for ash produced by two of its coal-fired power plants in Southern Maryland. But spokeswoman Misty Allen denied a report that Mirant Mid-Atlantic plans to close its coal-ash landfill there, which is the focus of a state lawsuit alleging pollution of a Chesapeake Bay tributary. Allen said Mirant plans to build a processing plant in Charles County that would be able to treat all of the ash from the company's Morgantown and Chalk Point power plants. The reprocessed ash could be sold for use in making concrete. Allen denied a report that Mirant is withdrawing its effort to keep using its Faulkner coal-ash landfill. Allen said the company is seeking to postpone a decision by Charles County on renewing the landfill's permit. The Maryland Department of the Environment filed suit two years ago to have the landfill closed and cleaned up, alleging that contaminants are seeping into Zekiah Swamp, which drains into the bay. Jennifer Peterson, a lawyer with the Environmental Integrity Project, said the group opposes any new permit for the landfill and objects to any delay in deciding the issue.

-Timothy B. Wheeler

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