House Votes To Weaken EPA Oversight Of Coal Ash

Law360, New York (July 25, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation prohibiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash as a hazardous waste, in a move that would give states freer reign to regulate the substance, a by-product of coal burning.

The House passed the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 in a 265-155 vote. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. David McKinley, R-Va., provides minimum federal standards for handling coal ash while allowing states to craft their own permit programs. It also bars the...
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