Coal refuse piles are an environmental and aesthetic blight on the communities they neighbor. Thankfully, coal refuse power plants not only remove and clean up those piles, but generate affordable energy. Emissions regulations should do more to accommodate these power plants.
While coal refuse piles are environmental nuisance polluting nearby bodies of water or catching on fire, burning the coal waste to generate power simply trades one type of pollution for the another. Also, this would unfairly advantage coal refuse power plants at the expense of other energy producers.