June 2013

New Version of Coal Ash Legislation Introduced in the House

(Power Engineering 06-06-2013)   A new version of coal ash legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday sets minimum federal standards for coal residuals from coal-fired power plants, but it gives states—not the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—responsibility for crafting their own permit programs.

McKinley brings back fly ash bill

(Herald Star 06-06-2013) Rep. David B. McKinley re-introduced his bill regarding regulation of coal ash Tuesday, and he suspects the Environmental Protection Agency will support the measure as Congress considers it this time. House Resolution 2218, the "Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013," contains provisions crafted by the Senate during the last Congress.

Legislation would improve coal ash residuals

(Electric Light & Power 06-05-2013) Newer legislation that would set up a state-based regulatory program to regulate the disposal and management of coal combustion residuals and encourage reuse was introduced in the House of Representatives on June 3.

The Ancient Romans Were Better At Making Sustainable Concrete Than We Are

(US News & World Report 06-04-2013) An ancient concrete mixture could be better for the environment and just as strong as modern mixtures. The secret to making sustainable, strong concrete may have been at the bottom the Mediterranean Sea for the past 2,000 years: Researchers believe that the ancient Romans created concrete that is more environmentally friendly and durable than modern cement.

House GOP bill would cut EPA out of coal ash regulation

(The Hill 06-04-2013) Legislation from a Republican lawmaker would almost entirely cut the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) out of regulating the ash produced from power plants that burn coal. A bill introduced by Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) this week seeks to override the EPA's proposal to regulate the ash, which Republicans say could threaten more than 300,000 jobs.