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House passes coal ash bill

From the July 29, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published July 29, 2013

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director
On a bipartisan vote of 265-155, the House of Representatives passed the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 (H.R. 2218), which would block federal regulation of coal ash as a hazardous waste. The bill, introduced by Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., would give states the primary authority to regulate coal ash, with the Environmental Protection Agency having limited backstop authority. 

APPA supports the bill.

The legislation faces an uncertain future in the Senate. However, the White House issued a position statement that suggests the administration is open to compromise. The White House cited four major concerns with the bill, but did not issue a veto threat and said it "appreciates the efforts by members of the House to improve previous" versions of the legislation.


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