14 Oct '11, 6pm

US House of Reps passes bill that prevents any regulation of toxic coal ash. Gift to Big Coal, slap to the public:

US House of Reps passes bill that prevents any regulation of toxic coal ash. Gift to Big Coal, slap to the public:

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 267–144 today to pass H.R. 2273, a misguided attempt to neuter the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to set the first ever federal regulations on coal ash. Despite evidence showing groundwater contamination from arsenic, lead and other toxic metals at hundreds of sites and a recent study showing that federal coal ash regulations would create 28,000 new jobs every year , the House voted to put the interests of corporate polluters ahead of the American public. Coal ash contaminates the surface of Watts Bar Lake, TN after the December 2008 Kingston Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash spill. (© Jerry D. Greer) The following statement is from Trip Van Noppen, president of Earthjustice: “Nearly three years after the tragic spill of more than 1 billion gallons of toxic coal ash in Kingston, Tennessee, it’s obvious that federally enf...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2011/house-vote-on-coa...

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