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“YES” on H.R. 2273 the “Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act.”
October 14, 2011
NTU urges all Representatives to vote “YES” on H.R. 2273 the “Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act.” Introduced by Rep. McKinley (R-WV), this bill would ensure sensible rules are established for the safe disposal and management of coal ash while alleviating the regulatory uncertainty that is currently threatening businesses’ budgets and consumers’ utility bills.
In 2000, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded a study of coal combustion residuals, including coal ash, and determined that it was inappropriate to regulate it as hazardous waste under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The EPA has since reversed course, proposing a rule that would involve massive implementation costs, including the retrofitting of landfills and the premature retirement of coal-based generating units. A study conducted by Veritas Economic Consulting reveals that the proposed regulations could result in net job losses of up to 316,000, with costs to the industry as high as $35 billion (much of which could be passed along to ratepayers).
To avoid this unnecessary economic harm, H.R. 2273 would allow states to adopt and implement their own coal combustion residual permit programs so long as they meet the requirements for municipal solid waste laid out in the Solid Waste Disposal Act. Furthermore, the bill grants the EPA the authority to enforce compliance with the standards if a state fails to meet certain conditions. In doing so, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act gives a state and its citizens the opportunity to determine the proper regulatory balance, with an eye toward health and economic effects.
NTU urges all Representatives to vote “YES” on H.R. 2273. Roll call votes on this legislation will be significantly weighted in our annual Rating of Congress.
If you have any questions, please contact NTU Federal Government Affairs Manager Brandon Greife at (703) 683-5700