Summary

To amend subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act to facilitate recovery and beneficial use, and provide for the proper management and disposal, of materials generated by... Read More

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This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on Oct 14, 2011 but was never passed by the Senate.

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A BILL

To amend subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act to facilitate recovery and beneficial use, and provide for the proper management and disposal, of materials generated by the combustion of coal and other fossil fuels.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act''.

SEC. 2. AMENDMENT TO SUBTITLE D OF THE SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL ACT.

Subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act (42 U.S.C. 6941 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

``SEC. 4011. MANAGEMENT AND DISPOSAL OF COAL COMBUSTION RESIDUALS.

``(a) State Permit Programs for Coal Combustion Residuals.--Each State may adopt and implement a coal combustion residuals permit program. ``(b) State Actions.-- ``(1) Notification.--Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this section (except as provided by the deadline identified under subsection (d)(2)(B)), the Governor of each State shall notify the Administrator, in writing, whether such State will adopt and implement a coal combustion residuals permit program. ``(2) Certification.--Not later than 36 months after the date of enactment of this section (except as provided in subsections (f)(1)(A) and (f)(1)(C)), the Governor of each State that has notified the Administrator that the State will adopt and implement a coal combustion residuals permit program shall submit to the Administrator, in writing, a certification that such State coal combustion residuals permit program meets...

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In a letter to Speaker John Boehner, the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) offered its support for the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2273) and urged “prompt passage by the House of Representatives.” “The members of the LPPC believe that coal combustion residuals (CCR) should be regulated as a non-hazardous waste,” the LPPC told Speaker Boehner. “This is in accordance with EPA’s two final regulatory determinations that CCR does not warrant regulation under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s hazardous waste program.” “We believe there should be federal guidelines for the disposal of CCR and that EPA should be able to enforce the standards if a state fails to do so,” the letter from LPPC Chair Jorge Carrasco stated, “This bill achieves these goals by creating federally enforceable disposal standards with the same level of stringency as those for municipal solid waste.” “Importantly,” the LPPC affirmed, “by not regulating CCR as a hazardous waste, H.R. 2273 allows the beneficial use of CCR to continue.” The LPPC letter notes that about 40% of CCR in the US is directed to beneficial use rather than landfills or impoundments. “We have a strong interest in workable rules for the disposal of coal combustion residuals,” the LPPC letter added. In a separate statement LPPC Chair Jorge Carrasco asserted that, “The members of the LPPC view H.R. 2273 as an effective step forward in ensuring that CCR is handled responsibly while keeping costs lower for electricity consumers. The beneficial use of CCR will benefit the economy and continue to protect the environment.” http://www.lppc.org/communications/9-27-11-release-coal-residuals.doc

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We believe that H.R. 2273 provides the federal oversight needed to ensure the safe disposal or recycling of CCRs while building on existing state authorities to manage their solid waste programs. Read the full letter at http://www.uswag.org/pdf/2011/LtrUMW10112011.pdf

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United Mine Workers 3 years ago

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Congressman David McKinley (R-WV) has introduced a dangerously weak bill for “regulating” coal ash disposal that would defy logic by allowing States to continue operating every leak-prone and high hazard toxic coal ash dump without requiring basic safeguards and virtually blocking EPA from stepping in to protect communities. Passage of this bill would endanger the health and safety of thousands of communities, fail to stimulate coal ash recycling, and disrupt the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) public rulemaking process that has been underway for over two years and has attracted a record 455,000 comments. http://www.cleanwaternetwork.org/issues-actions/legislation/coal-residuals-reuse-and-management-act

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On October 14, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2273, a bill that would block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to adopt the first ever federal regulation for coal ash disposal. Now, the newest threat is in the U.S. Senate (S.1751, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2011)

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Earthjustice 3 years ago

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Bill Summary

H.R. 2272 LEARN Act H.R. 2274 To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Vet...