Friday, July 26, 2013

House Bill Protects Jobs, the Environment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House today passed the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 (H.R. 2218), a bill co-sponsored by Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02). This legislation makes states the primary regulator and issuer of coal ash permits, as long as they meet the minimum federal requirements provided in the bill. By setting federal standards and permitting states to respond to local needs, this bill allows states to effectively protect the environment and provide cost-effective management of coal ash.

“This commonsense bill reigns in overreaching Environmental Protection Agency regulations and creates a state-based program with reasonable standards for coal ash that will protect jobs, health, and the environment,” said Walorski. “I am proud to co-sponsor this bill to provide states with regulatory authority and prevent Washington from spending billions of our tax dollars on unnecessary plans that put thousands of jobs at risk and perpetuate economic uncertainty.”

Coal combustion residuals, also called coal ash, are materials produced when coal is burned to generate electricity. Coal ash is used in wallboard, roofing materials, concrete, cement, and other products used in highway and building construction. The purpose of the bill is to designate states as the primary regulator of coal ash, instead of the EPA, and set minimal federal standards. States will be required to certify compliance with specific federal standards, ensuring proper environmental protections are met. This bill is broadly supported by Hoosiers and more than 200 national organizations.


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