June 2013

Coal Ash Bill Wins Subcommittee OK

(Electric Co-Op Today 06-10-2013) The on-again, off-again congressional action on coal ash legislation is on again. A House subcommittee voted June 6 to advance a bill that sets up a state-run program to regulate coal ash, a common byproduct of coal-based power plants. The legislation also bars the Environmental Protection Agency from classifying coal ash as a hazardous waste and subjecting it for the first time to federal standards for handling and disposing of hazardous wastes.

Coal Ash Bill Advances from House Subcommittee

(Electric Light & Power 06-10-2013) The House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy voted June 6 to approve a bill that allows states to regulate the disposal and management of coal ash, according to news reports. The bill was introduced on June 4.

Compromising With the EPA

(The Intelligencer 06-09-2013) U.S. Rep. David McKinley, who in his short time in Congress has achieved the reputation of a tireless fighter for the coal industry, appears to have accomplished something very important. If the deal he has brokered holds up, it could have enormous ramifications. McKinley, R-W.Va., tried in 2011 to get a bill on coal ash enacted.

Coal ash bill moving forward

(Parkersburg News and Sentinel 06-09-2013) A coal ash bill introduced by a West Virginia representative was reported out of a subcommittee on Thursday. The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013, House Resolution 2218 introduced by U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., was passed out of a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It now goes to the full committee for consideration.

New coal-ash bill tackles EPA concerns

(Seattle Post Intelligencer 06-07-2013) For two years, one of the two professional engineers in Congress has pushed a bill to let states regulate fly ash from coal-fired power plants, a move U.S. Rep. David McKinley says would benefit coal and power companies and the construction industry he's worked in since the 1960s. Each time, the West Virginia Republican's bill clears the House, only to die in the Senate.