Coal Combustion Byproducts (CCBs)

Coal Combustion Byproducts (CCBs) are the residuals created when coal is burned for energy. Coal consists of a large percentage of organic carbon, with a variable percentage of other naturally occurring minerals that may contain a wide range of elements including metals. A significant amount of volume reduction takes place when the coal is burned, as a large percentage of the organic carbon in the coal is converted into carbon dioxide. CCBs can contain potentially harmful amounts of some heavy metals, such as mercury, lead, chromium, cadmium, selenium, molybdenum, and boron, among others. Although not acutely toxic or immediately hazardous, the concentrations of these chemicals can be harmful to plant and aquatic life, and can render the air and both surface water and groundwater unhealthy for prolonged human consumption.

CCB Reporting Information:

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CCB Regulations

Information Pertaining to the 2008 Coal Combustion Byproduct Regulations:

The Coal Combustion Byproduct Regulations effective December 1, 2008:

Subtitle 04 Regulation of Water Supply, Sewage Disposal, and Solid Waste

26.04.07 Solid Waste Management
26.04.10 Management of Coal Combustion Byproducts

Subtitle 20 Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Under Federally Approved Program 

26.20.24 Special Performance Standards

Subtitle 21 Mining

26.21.04 Utilization of Coal Combustion Byproducts in Noncoal Surface Mine Reclamation

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Solid Waste Program, Land and Materials Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd., Ste. 605
Baltimore MD 21230-1719
Phone: 410-537-3315
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