Rep. Bob Latta Introduces Coal Ash Bill

(State Column 4-7-2011) Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) introduced today a bill that would block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from classifying coal ash as a “hazardous waste” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The current EPA proposal contradicts past findings, where it determined that coal ash does not warrant regulation as a hazardous waste and any designation would lead to $16.7 billion in increased costs per year.
 
“Overstating the harm of coal ash and designating it as a hazardous waste will damage our economy by raising costs for both families and companies, already struggling with rapidly ballooning energy costs,” said Congressman Latta.
 
Approximately 45 percent of the Coal Ash generated is recycled, used as an additive in cement, concrete, wallboard, and roofing materials, road based fills materials and snow and ice control. A move to regulate coal ash as a hazardous waste would stifle the beneficial uses of recycled coal and would force more ash to landfills.
 
“The increased cost of unneeded regulation would lead to an 18 percent decline in coal generated power; resulting in higher unemployment and energy costs, all the while further increasing our dependency on foreign countries for energy. In this economy, we cannot afford to lose any more jobs in Ohio or the United States. We need to get Washington out of the way of economic growth by tearing down barriers to energy independence and job creation,” stated Congressman Latta.
 
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