Coal Ash Beneficial Use
Coal ash is fly or bottom ash, or boiler slag resulting from the combustion of coal. Coal ash is beneficially used on mine sites to fill pits, create or amend soil, and as a low-permeability or high alkalinity material.
Regulation and Policy
The regulations governing the beneficial use of coal ash are available at
25 PA Code Chapter 290.
For additional information on implementing the requirements of Chapter 290, refer to the technical guidance document:
Guidelines for Beneficial Use of Coal Ash at Coal Mines 563-2112-228 (PDF)
Guidelines for Beneficial Use of Coal Ash at Coal Mines 563-2112-228 Comment Response Document (PDF)
Current List of Certified Ash (CA) Sources
Coal ash sources beneficially used at mine sites must be certified for use by the Bureau of Mining Programs.
Coal Ash forms at eLibrary or send a request to
RAfirstname.lastname@example.org for electronic copies.
The following forms replace any older versions. Please consult eLibrary for the latest versions.
All ash certification submittals and monitoring data should be sent to the following address:
- Coal Ash Beneficial Use Certification Application 5600-PM-BMP0011 This form is for new source certification request or to qualify a GP ash material for beneficial use; use for revisions to an existing source.
- Coal Ash Quality Assessment for Beneficial Use 5600-PM-BMP0012 Submit this form in conjunction with 5600-PM-BMP0011 for background samples; use for regular ash quality sampling; use for special sampling requests.
- Coal Ash Water Quality Monitoring Report 5600-PM-BMP0014 Use this form in conjunction with Module 25 application at a mine site for background samples; use for regular quarterly sampling as part of the mining permit requirements; use for special sampling requests. This form must be submitted as an xls (spreadsheet) file.
Or via email to
- DEP - Bureau of Mining Programs
- P.O. Box 8461
- Harrisburg, PA 17105-8461
- Attn: Coal Ash Certification
Any data or application regarding the active mining permit site (e.g., Module 25 information, permit revision requests, special condition requirements and water quality monitoring reports) should be sent to the District Mining Office.
All mine site operators utilizing coal ash for Beneficial Use
are required to report the amounts/volumes.