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Coal Ash Bill Passes House – On to Senate

Backed by numerous coops and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the U.S. House has passed a bill that identifies states, rather than the Environmental Protection Agency, as the primary regulators of coal ash storage.  The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 received bipartisan support and will allow utilities to continue selling coal ash to companies that...

Cooperative Research Network Studies Potential Uses for Coal Ash

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Cooperative Research Network (CRN) and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research have spent more than two years conducting research on coal ash.  The research is important because coops rely heavily upon coal-based generation, and the Environmental Protection Agency has raised the possibility of regulating coal ash...

House Will Consider Coal Ash Bill

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted on June 20 in favor of a measure that would set up a new state-run program to manage and dispose of coal ash.  The vote will send a bill, backed by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, regulating coal ash impoundments at power plants to the House floor for the second time in less than three years.  The Environmental...

House Subcommittee Advances Coal Ash Bill

The House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy voted June 6 to advance a new version of the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013, which sets up a state-run program to regulate coal ash, a common byproduct of coal-based power plants.  The Act also prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from classifying coal ash as a hazardous waste and subjecting it for the first...