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EPA coal ash hearing in Knoxville draws over 200

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Dozens of people who say their businesses depend on using coal ash in products such as wallboard and concrete and dozens of others who want coal ash regulated as a hazardous waste are giving regulators an earful in Knoxville.

They come from all over.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing attracted more than 200 speakers and is the last of eight nationwide. Other public comments will be accepted until Nov. 19.

Speakers at the hearing also included those who live near the Tennessee Valley Authority’s huge spill of toxin-laced coal ash and who say they have health fears and are dealing two years later with greatly reduced property values. One of them, Sarah McCoin, told the EPA panel that unless coal ash is regulated as a special hazardous substance, there will be another disaster.

Hundreds also attended an EPA held a coal ash hearing in Charlotte last month.

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