Arlington, VA, July 25, 2013 — The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) applauded the U.S. House passing Rep. David McKinley’s (R-WV) 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).
“Electric cooperatives appreciate the bipartisan approach taken by the House to advance H.R. 2218. This legislation thoughtfully balances state-based permitting and an EPA-based environmental framework,” said Kirk Johnson, Senior Vice-President of Government Relations at NRECA. “It recognizes the beneficial re-uses of CCR. Approximately 45 percent of overall electric utility CCRs are used in gypsum wallboard, concrete and other practical applications. Managing CCR under a non-hazardous framework helps ensure that the jobs and tax revenue created from the reuse of CCR will continue benefitting our economy. We encourage the Senate to follow suit and pass this common sense legislation.”
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.