BILL OF THE WEEK: TASK FORCE BILL OF THE WEEK: H.R. 2218, The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013
Rep. McKinley's bill will protect 316,000 jobs directly or indirectly tied to coal ash recycling, which is made into concrete and construction products. He also said his bill would help keep coal-fired electricity prices low. "Our approach sets minimum standards and gives the states flexibility to implement a disposal program that protects the environment and jobs," he said.
Ø Provides minimum federal standards but allows States to craft a permit program that works for the State
Ø Does not provide new rulemaking authority for EPA for coal ash
Ø Requires EPA to defer to the States with respect to regulation of coal ash – including an express prohibition on EPA over-filing and the current EPA rulemaking is explicitly cut off;
Ø Allows States to protect human health & the environment by adapting an existing solid waste regulatory program to coal ash
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