McKinley applauds fly ash addition to transportation bill
(The State Journal 4-18-2012) Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va. added an amendment supporting the use of coal ash byproducts to the Surface Transportation Extension Act on April 18. Coal ash, the byproduct of combustion of coal, can be used as a building material for highways, bridges, concrete and other uses. His amendment to the House transportation bill would block the EPA from regulating the material.
"This is about protecting jobs and maximizing government construction dollars," said McKinley. "More than 316,000 jobs will be saved if this provision is adopted. We have done our part in fighting for these jobs and ensuring we keep costs down on road construction projects. Now, we're looking to the Senate and its leadership to do the same."
John Ward, Chairman of Citizens for Recycling First, applauded McKinley's amendment.
"Coal ash recyclers nationwide are grateful to Rep. McKinley for his relentless pursuit of a solution that removes the regulatory uncertainty that is already harming recycling in the United States," Ward said. "This legislation would get real and effective coal ash disposal regulations in place immediately while allowing recyclers to get back to work doing what's really best for the environment — keeping coal ash out of landfills in the first place."
McKinley's office cited a Veritas Economic Report that said the EPA's regulation of coal ash would cost the economy 316,000 jobs. His office also cited the American Road and Transportation Builders' Association which said not using coal ash would increase the cost of road and bridge building by $110 billion dollars during the next 20 years.
"After fighting hard on this issue for over a year, I'm grateful for my colleagues' support. The chance to save thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in costs now rests in the Senate's hands," said McKinley.
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