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EPA says no time estimate on coal ash decision

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two years after the Tennessee Valley Authority's huge coal ash spill, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it still isn't sure when there will be a decision on whether to classify coal ash as hazardous.

The agency held eight public hearings on proposed regulations and has received more than 200,000 comments.

One proposal would regulate coal ash as hazardous waste under federal enforcement.

The other would regulate it as a nonhazardous material, with enforcement handled through "citizen" lawsuits.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the agency in a statement said it was unsure when regulations will be finalized.

About 5.4 million cubic yards of sludge spilled from an earthen coal-ash storage dam Dec. 22, 2008 at TVA's coal-powered Kingston Plant west of Knoxville.

Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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