Public Power Daily Logo

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.

Ratings

Be the first to rate this item!

Please Sign in to rate this.

Comments

  Add Your Comment

(1000 of 1000 characters remaining)

Senior Vice President, Publishing 
Jeanne Wickline LaBella
202/467-2948
JLaBella@publicpower.org

Editorial Director
Robert Varela
202/467-2947
RVarela@publicpower.org

Editor, Public Power Daily
Jeannine Anderson
202/467-2977
JAnderson@publicpower.org

Communications Assistant
Fallon W. Forbush
202/467-2958
FForbush@publicpower.org

Manager, Integrated Media 
David L. Blaylock
202/467-2946
DBlaylock@publicpower.org

Integrated Media Editor 
Laura D’Alessandro 
202/467-2955 
LDAlessandro@publicpower.org