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Rep. McKinley's Bipartisan Coal Ash Legislation Overwhelmingly Passes House

Washington, D.C.—Today, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 (H.R. 2218), introduced by Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV), overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives with solid bipartisan support from 39 Democrats by a vote of 265 to 155. The legislation would protect the recycling of coal ash and give states the authority to set their own standards for the disposal of fly ash with oversight by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) while protecting human health and the environment.

“For 33 years Congress has wrestled with how to deal with coal ash but has failed to find an answer,” said McKinley. “The bill that passed the House today is a common sense solution for how to recycle and dispose of this unavoidable byproduct of burning coal.”

“Every day, coal ash is produced in 48 states,” McKinley added. “Every year 140 million tons are produced. If we do nothing coal ash will continue to be disposed based on standards from the 1950’s and 1960’s, while the stigma associated with recycling will remain. We cannot let that continue.”

“After numerous meetings and discussions with EPA and other stakeholders, the feedback we received is now incorporated in the bill,” said Rep. McKinley. “The Obama Administration and EPA have indicated they would not oppose the legislation. The bill passed today improves on previous versions and strong majority vote today and broad support of more than 300 organizations across the country proves that.”

“This is a jobs bill that protects the livelihoods of more than 316,000 hard-working men and women, prevents a dramatic increase in electric bills, and protects their health and the environment,” said McKinley. “It’s time for the Senate to act and finally resolve this issue.”