A bill that 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, passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 265 to 155.
Rep. David B. McKinley, R-WV, who introduced the legislation, commented, "For 33 years Congress has wrestled with how to deal with coal ash but has failed to find an answer. 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."
McKinley continued, "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. It's time for the Senate to act and finally resolve this issue."