Coal ash bill raises concerns in Perry County - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Coal ash bill raises concerns in Perry County

A Perry County resident shows WSFA 12 News what coal ash looks like in a report from 2009. A Perry County resident shows WSFA 12 News what coal ash looks like in a report from 2009.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Some people who live near a huge landfill in Perry County say a proposed law doesn't go far enough in regulating the disposal of coal ash in Alabama.

[What is coal ash? (Source: University of North Dakota)]

A bill being considered by the Legislature would give the state oversight over coal ash disposal. Tons of the substance from a massive spill in Tennessee have been placed in a landfill near Uniontown.

But Perry County residents including Esther Calhoun argue that the bill should go further and label coal ash as a toxic waste.

The bill is supported by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. It was approved Wednesday by a House committee.

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