June 2013

House to Consider Coal Ash Bill

(Electric Co-op Today 06-24-2013) For the second time in less than three years, an NRECA-backed bill regulating coal ash impoundments at power plants is headed to the House floor. Supporter’s hope a bill in Congress will allow continued recycling of coal ash into building materials, such as bricks made at this Wisconsin plant. The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 31-16 on June 20 for a measure that sets up a new state-run program to manage and dispose of coal ash.

Coal ash bill passes committee, moves to House

(Energy Global 06-21-2013) A bill that would cut the US Environmental Protection Agency out of regulating the disposal of coal ash has passed the House Energy & Commerce Committee and will now go to a full vote in the House of Representatives.

House Energy Committee Advances Coal Ash Bill, Hears Moniz Testimony

(POWERnews 06-20-2013) The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday advanced a set of four bills that it said would "improve" environmental regulations and increase state authority, including legislation that would task states—not the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—with the responsibility to set up coal ash disposal rules.

Revised Coal Ash Bill Gives EPA an Oversight Role

(Energy Biz.com 06-11-2013) A bill to clarify the oversight of coal ash is dusting itself off now that a compromise bill has cleared a key congressional House panel. The measure would give the states control over regulating the coal combustion byproduct but would do so with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Coal Ash Bill Wins Subcommittee OK

(Electric Co-Op Today 06-10-2013) The on-again, off-again congressional action on coal ash legislation is on again. A House subcommittee voted June 6 to advance a bill that sets up a state-run program to regulate coal ash, a common byproduct of coal-based power plants. The legislation also bars the Environmental Protection Agency from classifying coal ash as a hazardous waste and subjecting it for the first time to federal standards for handling and disposing of hazardous wastes.