VOL. 125 | NO. 45 | Monday, March 8, 2010
Amendment Would Levy Fee Coal Ash Dumped in Perry
The Associated Press
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A proposed constitutional amendment has been introduced in the Alabama House that would allow Perry County to levy a $5 per ton fee on coal ash disposed at a privately owned landfill near Uniontown.
Democratic Rep. Ralph Howard of Greensboro introduced the bill Thursday.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is shipping coal ash and sludge that breached an earthen dike at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee to the landfill. TVA plans to ship about 3 million cubic feet of coal and ash to the landfill.
Howard said revenue from the fee would be split evenly between the cities of Uniontown and Marion. Howard estimated the fee could raise as much as $15 million.
If passed by lawmakers, Perry County voters would have to approve the amendment in the November general election.
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