July 2013

House Approves Coal Ash Bill Again

(The Intelligencer 07-26-2013) WHEELING - Rep. David B. McKinley's renewed legislation seeking to put states, not the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in charge of regulating coal ash cleared the House Thursday with bipartisan support. The vote was 265-155, with 39 Democrats joining all but seven House Republicans in voting yes. Only two GOP members opposed the legislation, while five did not vote. All West Virginia and Ohio representatives voted for the bill, which had 54 co-sponsors.
 

House of Representatives votes to keep ashes from coal-fired power plants from designation as hazardous waste

(Cleveland.com 07-25-2013) The House of Representatives on Thursday adopted legislation that would give states greater control over the management of coal ash, a coal combustion byproduct that poses environmental threats when put in landfills, but is also commonly recycled for use in cement, concrete and other products.

House passes bill on coal ash

(Boston.com 07-25-2013) WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday passed legislation giving states greater control over the management of coal ash, a coal combustion byproduct that poses environmental threats when put in landfills but is also commonly recycled for use in cement, concrete and other products. Some Democrats saw the measure as yet another attempt by the Republican majority to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of authority, but the bill passed with Democratic support. The vote was 265-155, with 39 Democrats backing it.
 

Revised coal ash bill up for vote in U.S. House

(State Journal 07-24-2013) A new attempt in the House of Representatives to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating the disposal of coal combustion residuals goes to vote on this week. Promoted for several years by Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., the bill is part of a near-glacial process in Washington to decide whether the federal government or states will control this waste stream.
 

CRN Looks at Future of Fly Ash

(Electric Co-op Today 07-08-2013) Electric cooperatives and other utilities in the United States are trying to identify more potential uses for fly ash to make sure abundant supplies of coal remain part of the nation’s energy resources. Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Leland Olds Coal Station near Stanton, N.D., is among the coal-based power plants generating electricity.