On June 29, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified 44 coal combustion residual (CCR) impoundments as having "high hazard potential." EPA said that "[a] high hazard potential rating indicates that a failure will probably cause loss of human life." EPA's list is based on information that electric utility companies submitted in response to EPA's March 9, 2009 request. 18 of the 44 sites are in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
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