McKinley Coal Ash Bill Passes House

WASHINGTON – Rep. David McKinley’s legislation placing states, rather than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in charge of regulating coal ash passed the House this morning with bipartisan support.

Thirty-nine Democrats joined 226 Republicans in advancing the legislation, which includes new safeguards on coal ash impoundments that weren’t part of an earlier version of McKinley’s bill that never came up for a vote in the Senate. It also includes a provision by which the EPA can enforce those safeguards if states aren’t doing their job – but not before consulting with state regulatory agencies and following a defined, objective process, according to McKinley, R-W.Va.

All Ohio Valley representatives voted in favor of the bill today.