- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

HAGERSTOWN, MD. (AP) - Maryland’s junior senator is asking environmental regulators to expand their review of coal ash storage sites following a spill along the Potomac River.

Democrat Benjamin Cardin said Monday he has co-sponsored a resolution asking the Environmental Protection Agency to review, inspect and regulate impoundments of ash from all coal-burning power plants _ not just plants run by utilities.

The action follows a spill last week of an estimated 4,000 gallons of coal ash sludge from a paper mill in Luke owned by NewPage Corp. of Miamisburg, Ohio. Most spilled onto the West Virginia river bank, not into the Potomac.

The EPA is seeking information on an estimated 300 coal ash storage sites owned by U.S. utility companies, but not by non-utilities like NewPage.

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