Headwaters Incorporated Applauds EPA’s Final Coal Ash Rule

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah--()--Headwaters Incorporated (NYSE: HW), the nation’s largest manager and marketer of coal combustion products (“CCPs”), today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Final Rule for regulation of coal ash disposal as a “non-hazardous” material under Subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”).

“We are pleased that the EPA’s Final Rule establishes upgraded standards for coal ash disposal under Subtitle D, the non-hazardous solid waste section of Federal law”

“EPA’s final decision to regulate coal ash disposal as a non-hazardous material is consistent with science and previous EPA regulatory determinations dating to the 1980s,” said Kirk Benson, Headwaters Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Beneficial use of coal ash remains exempt from regulation and is increasingly viewed as a preferred alternative to disposal.”

“We are pleased that the EPA’s Final Rule establishes upgraded standards for coal ash disposal under Subtitle D, the non-hazardous solid waste section of Federal law,” said Benson. “This step, combined with the EPA’s recently renewed support for using fly ash in concrete, sends a powerful signal that coal ash should be viewed as a safe and valuable resource for sustainable building practices.”

The EPA published its Final Rule on December 19th in compliance with a court-ordered deadline. In 2012, Headwaters sued the EPA to force the deadline for completing disposal regulations that were initially proposed in 2010 under RCRA. The lengthy regulatory process created uncertainty that potentially dampened the beneficial use of coal combustion products.

Earlier this year, the EPA also released a coal ash “risk evaluation methodology” and applied that methodology to a study of two prominent beneficial uses – fly ash in concrete and synthetic gypsum in wallboard. EPA’s study concluded that “…environmental releases of constituents of potential concern…from CCR fly ash concrete and FGD gypsum wallboard during use by the consumer are comparable to or lower than those from analogous non-CCR products, or are at or below relevant regulatory and health-based benchmarks for human and ecological receptors…” The study further noted, “EPA supports the beneficial use of coal fly ash in concrete and FGD gypsum in wallboard. The Agency believes that these beneficial uses provide significant opportunities to advance Sustainable Materials Management (SMM)."

“As the nation’s leading coal ash marketer, Headwaters looks forward to increasing the utilization of these valuable materials,” said Benson. “The EPA Final Rule for regulation of coal ash disposal provides regulatory certainty that will help us grow the beneficial use of coal ash, safely keeping the material out of disposal facilities, and create economic and environmental value.”

About Headwaters Incorporated

Headwaters Incorporated is improving lives through innovative advancements in construction materials through application, design, and purpose. Headwaters is a diversified growth company providing products, technologies and services to the heavy construction materials, light building products, and energy technology industries. Through its coal combustion products, building products, and energy businesses, the Company has been able to improve sustainability by transforming underutilized resources into valuable products. www.headwaters.com


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