June 2011

House Panel Blocks EPA on Coal Ash

(Electric Co-op 6-27-2011) A House subcommittee has taken the first legislative step toward blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from classifying coal ash as a hazardous waste.
 
Saying EPA’s proposal would lead to high energy costs and stymie coal ash recycling in construction materials, the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment approved a new, state-driven plan to regulate handling and disposal of the material.
 

Fly Ash Bill to Get Committee Vote Today

(Wheeling News 6-21-2011) A bill to stop the regulation of fly ash as a hazardous material should come to a vote before a House subcommittee today, said the bill's sponsor, U.S. Rep. David McKinley.
 

Coal Ash Industry Sees Massive Job Losses if EPA Rules Proceed

(Huffington Post 6-16-2011) An industry-funded report released late Wednesday suggests that federal regulation of coal combustion residuals, or coal ash, currently being considered by the Environmental Protection Agency would result in as many as 316,000 lost jobs and as much as $110 billion in lost economic activity over a 20-year period.