Company needs last permit for Alaska coal landfill

A Fairbanks company responsible for hauling ash from a coal-fired power plant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has proposed a new landfill exclusively for coal ash.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the company, Alaska Industrial, has asked the Department of Environmental Conservation for permission to go forward with the landfill, the last permit need for the project,

Alaska Industrial owner Jeff Day says the landfill will be regularly tested for pollution, and safeguards including a liner on the bottom will keep ash in the landfill.

Day says the state lacks regulations on the disposal of coal ash.

The landfill would cover most of a 40-acre site, with the hope that it would store 30 years’ worth of ash. If approved, it would go into operation this year.