Georgia lawmakers stepped closer Monday to increasing the per-ton fee to store toxic coal ash at landfills by passing legislation out of the state Senate. Landfills in Georgia have recently been charging less to receive and store shipments of coal ash, which is the byproduct of burning coal at power plants to generate electricity. The ash can contain compounds causing cancer after long exposure. Based on a bill the General Assembly passed in 2018, the fee for coal ash has stood at $1 per ton since July while the fee for all other landfill garbage is $2.50.
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