Burning Coal

EPAregulationsThe House labored and passed H. R. 1734,  “Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015,” on a party line vote. Here is the Administrations view:

The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 1734, because it would undermine the protection of public health and the environment provided by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) December 2014 final rule addressing the risks posed by mismanaged impoundments of coal ash and other coal combustion residuals (CCR). The 2008 failure of a coal ash impoundment in Kingston, Tennessee, and the 2014 coal ash spill into the Dan River in Eden, North Carolina, serve as stark reminders of the need for safe disposal and management of coal ash.

EPA’s rule articulates clear and consistent national standards to protect public health and the environment, prevent contamination of drinking water, and minimize the risk of catastrophic failure at coal ash surface impoundments. H.R. 1734 would, however, substantially weaken these protections. For example, the bill would eliminate restrictions on how close coal ash impoundments can be located to drinking water sources. It also would undermine EPA’s requirement that unlined impoundments must close or be retrofitted with protective liners if they are leaking and contaminating drinking water. Further, the bill would delay requirements in EPA’s final CCR rule, including structural integrity and closure requirements, for which tailored extensions are already available through EPA’s rule and through approved Solid Waste Management Plans.

Perhaps the Senate will improve this bad bill. If not, President Obama has promised a veto. Is Congress passing doomed bills simply to force the President to use his veto? It sure looks that way.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/legislative/sap/114/saphr1734r_20150721.pdf

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1734

https://www.cbo.gov/publication/50145

https://newny23rd.com/2015/07/20/addressing-climate-change/

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5 Responses to Burning Coal

  1. josephurban says:

    It really matter very little what the law states. This Congress has undermined the entire system of law by refusing to fund regulatory agencies.
    A good example, cutting funds for the IRS. Which means that billions of tax dollars go unrecovered and fraud is rampant. This is the real issue. Cutting police and expecting the crooks to obey the law. In my mind the real issue is not the laws, but the inability of the government to enforce the laws , Either way, it works to the advantage of the unscrupulous and dishonest.
    Until we can somehow ungerrymander this nation into a Democratic congress we will face this problem.

  2. whungerford says:

    By promoting tax avoidance, by whatever means legal or not, Congress does actively seek to make us more like Greece, by undermining environmental protections, more like the Soviet Union.

  3. BOB McGILL says:

    ya mean like Gov. Cuomo’s administration ?

  4. whungerford says:

    No.

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