Energy and Commerce Leaders Welcome Bipartisan Senate Bill to Protect Jobs, Ensure Safe Reuse and Disposal of Coal Ash

October 21, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - Key members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee today praised a bipartisan proposal introduced in the U.S. Senate to establish a framework for the safe management and disposal of coal combustion residuals. Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), and Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) applauded the introduced Senate bill, which aligns with H.R. 2273, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act, which passed the House last week.
Senators John Hoeven (R-ND), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Michael Enzi (R-WY), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ben Nelson (D-NE), and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced the draft legislation. Mirroring the language of H.R. 2273, the Senate bill sets up a state program for regulating coal ash with enforceable federal standards, while encouraging investment in recycling and beneficial reuse.
Upton, Shimkus, and McKinley praised their Senate colleagues for their leadership on this important jobs issue and their coordination with the House to develop a unified path forward.
"We welcome the bipartisan and bicameral support of this important piece of legislation. This spirit of cooperation among both chambers and Democrats and Republicans is exactly what the American people are looking for. We need this bill to become law. The legislation provides a common-sense solution, setting up a state-based program to regulate coal ash in a way that preserves beneficial use and protects jobs. This reasonable approach will keep energy prices affordable for families and prevent hundreds of thousands of Americans from losing their job. We expect the legislation will receive strong bipartisan support in the Senate as it did in the House and we look forward to seeing it signed into law."