Coal ash disposal bill passes House subcommittee

The House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy voted June 6 to approve a bill that allows states to regulate the disposal and management of coal ash, according to news reports. The bill was introduced on June 4.

The bill, known as the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013, also bars the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from classifying the ash as hazardous waste, allowing for it to be reused in such materials as cement, concrete, wallboard and roofing materials.

The bill now moves on to the full Energy and Commerce Committee. It is based in part on a coal ash bill that passed the House in October 2011 and was authored by Rep. David McKinley (R-W. Va.).

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