The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 15 advanced H.R. 1734, the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act, authored by Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va.
It was approved by the committee by a bipartisan vote of 32 to 19. Building off the committee’s work from previous Congresses, the bill establishes a state-based regulatory program to ensure the safe management and disposal of coal ash. Republican backer say that the bill seeks to improve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule issued in December and would eliminate the implementation issues by giving states the necessary enforcement authority to implement the standards set by EPA.
“This legislation, crafted with the help of state environmental and solid waste officials, committee staff, and with input from the EPA, provides closure on this issue and certainty for the 316,000 Americans dependent on the coal ash recycling industry,” said McKinley in an April 15 statement.