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Congressman Rob Bishop

Representing the 1st District of Utah

BILL OF THE WEEK: TASK FORCE BILL OF THE WEEK: H.R. 2218, The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013

June 13, 2013
The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 (H.R. 2218), would stop EPA's pending coal ash rulemaking, which has lingered since the agency last took comments in late 2011. EPA in 2010 proposed regulating waste ash sent to landfills and impoundments as a hazardous waste, which prompted industry concerns over impacts to ash recyclers.

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.

The bill:

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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