20 Oct '11, 11pm

One-two punch to the public as Senate introduces same bill as House that prevents EPA from regulating toxic coal ash.

Although their state has three coal ash impoundments rated as “poor” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad today introduced a bill that cuts EPA efforts to regulate coal ash disposal. Their bill is identical to H.R. 2273, which passed the House of Representatives last Friday. North Dakota has unresolved coal ash problems at three dangerous dams and a history of serious contamination by coal ash, yet Senators Hoeven and Conrad are ready to embrace a bill that will, according to the White House , “undermine the Federal government’s ability to ensure that requirements for management and disposal of coal combustion residuals are protective of human health and the environment.” The Senate bill will also kill 28,000 potential new jobs that would be created by a strong coal ash rule, according to a new report by a Tufts Uni...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2011/senate-bill-kills...

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