Arlington VA, June 18, 2013 —The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) applauded the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee passing the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act, H.R. 2218, with significant bipartisan support. The legislation establishes a non-hazardous regulatory framework for coal combustion residuals (CCR) and now awaits a vote by the full House of Representatives.
“As we stated when Rep. McKinley introduced this legislation, electric cooperatives appreciate the Energy & Commerce Committee’s bipartisan approach to H.R. 2218. This legislation strikes an appropriate balance between state-based permitting and an EPA-based environmental framework,” said Kirk Johnson, Senior Vice-President of Government Relations at NRECA.
“This approach will assure cost-effective, environmentally protective disposal of CCR without discouraging beneficial uses of the material. Approximately 45 percent of overall electric utility CCRs are used in gypsum wallboard, concrete and other practical applications. Managing CCR as a non-hazardous waste helps ensure that the jobs and tax revenue created from the reuse of CCR will continue benefitting our economy.”
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.