June 2013

House to Consider Coal Ash Bill

(Electric Co-op Today 06-24-2013) For the second time in less than three years, an NRECA-backed bill regulating coal ash impoundments at power plants is headed to the House floor. Supporter’s hope a bill in Congress will allow continued recycling of coal ash into building materials, such as bricks made at this Wisconsin plant. The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 31-16 on June 20 for a measure that sets up a new state-run program to manage and dispose of coal ash.

House Energy Committee Advances Coal Ash Bill, Hears Moniz Testimony

(POWERnews 06-20-2013) The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday advanced a set of four bills that it said would "improve" environmental regulations and increase state authority, including legislation that would task states—not the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—with the responsibility to set up coal ash disposal rules.

Rep. McKinley's Coal Ash Bill Approved by Energy & Commerce with Bipartisan Support

(McKinley.House.Gov 06-19-2013) Washington, D.C.—Today, the full Energy and Commerce Committee voted out Rep. David B. McKinley’s (R-WV) “Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013” (H.R. 2218) by a bipartisan vote of 31 to 16.  In 2010 the EPA proposed a regulation to treat coal ash as a hazardous material.

Revised Coal Ash Bill Gives EPA an Oversight Role

(Energy Biz.com 06-11-2013) A bill to clarify the oversight of coal ash is dusting itself off now that a compromise bill has cleared a key congressional House panel. The measure would give the states control over regulating the coal combustion byproduct but would do so with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.