Coal ash from the US is expected to hit the markets in the next week, as part of the new US Environmental Protection Agency rules aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
The new rules are expected to be implemented in two phases, starting on March 20 and ending on September 2.
Under the new rules, the US government is expected give states more leeway to restrict emissions from coal plants and other power plants.
The EPA has also given states more time to prepare their plans for the new regulations.
As of September 1, a coal ash disposal permit is required for every coal ash plant.
But on Wednesday, the EPA issued a memo clarifying that the permits would not be used for the disposal of coal ash.
Instead, it clarified that a permit is needed for the “disposal of hazardous waste, hazardous waste materials, and other hazardous waste.”
The EPA said the EPA is still working out how much it will ask states to pay to have their permit revoked.
States have until the end of September to submit their plans.
The EPA said it will be posting the plans online within three weeks.
The agency has also sent out a letter to state officials reminding them that the rules will affect “all energy users” and will not apply to individuals.
The deadline to submit a permit to dispose of coal is June 30.
The rules come as the US and other countries struggle to curb the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 9,000 people in the United States.
The US is the first country in the world to have a nationwide vaccination program for coronaviruses.
The US also announced it would be increasing its clean energy deployment and funding for research into clean energy, and has pledged to make carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology more widely available.