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Rep. McKinley Receives Award for Work on Coal Ash

Washington, D.C.—This morning, Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV), was presented with the Champion of Coal Ash Award for his work in Congress to protect and promote the use of coal ash and stop the EPA from labeling it as a hazardous material.

“This recognition is an honor and motivates me to continue our fight for the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of hard-working men and women,” said Rep. McKinley. “The EPA’s proposal to designate coal ash as a hazardous material would put 316,000 Americans out of work overnight.”

“For over thirty years, there had been no progress on this issue,” said McKinley. “With the help of allies in the recycling business, we have been able to educate Congress and the American people about its importance.”

“More than three years later, the House has passed legislation five times and the coordinated effort appears to have influenced the EPA’s direction on regulating coal ash,” said McKinley. “Even so, the fight is not over. The public deserves the safeguards in this bill. We need to continue to work together to protect these jobs.”

Rep. McKinley’s Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2218) passed the House with bipartisan support last July. The bill encourages the recycling of coal ash, gives states the authority to set their own standards for the disposal of coal ash with oversight by EPA, and protects jobs and the environment. Similar proposals passed the House on four occasions in 2011 and 2012.

The Champion of Coal Ash award was presented in Pittsburgh at the summer meeting of the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA), which comprises 132 businesses across the country.