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Some of the achievements recognized include finding new uses for coal combustion products and developing a web-based educational tool that teaches civil engineering students about the benefits and uses of these products.
"Our C2P2 partners are showing how scientific innovation and resource conservation efforts are adding up to big environmental benefits," said Susan Bodine, assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. "By using 15 million tons of coal fly ash, our nation reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the annual emissions of nearly 2.5 million passenger vehicles."
According to an EPA press release, the U.S. currently uses 43 percent of coal combustion products, up from 32 percent in 2001, when C2P2 was started. The agency's goal is to reach a 50 percent utilization rate by 2011.