South Dakota Company Buying Iowa Power Plant's Ash

A group of line workers from Mid American Energy prepare to leave the company's shop in Iowa City Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 to go help restore power in Poughkeepsie, New York. (Brian Ray/KCRG-TV9)

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By Richard Pratt

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A South Dakota company plans to buy ash from two Sioux City power plants and sell it to concrete companies.

The Sioux City Journal reports that Rail to Road Transloading, of Sioux Falls, S.D., plans to open two storage silos near the MidAmerican Energy power plants. The fly ash is a byproduct of coal used to power the plants. The ash is used to strengthen concrete.

MidAmerican has been burying the ash. Rail to Road Transloading President Clark Meyer told the Woodbury County Board on Tuesday that his company will store more than 20,000 tons of ash in the winter and sell it to concrete companies during warmer months.

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