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Dozens of Congress Members Oppose 'Hazardous' Coal Ash Proposal

Before leaving Washington last week to begin their summer recess, more than 180 members of Congress sent letters to the Environmental Protection Agency opposing any form of “hazardous” designation for coal ash.

At least four letters were sent showing strong bipartisan opposition to EPA’s proposal to designate coal ash as a “hazardous waste” when it is destined for disposal.  The letters included:

A letter led by Reps. Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Fred Upton (R-MI) was signed by 31 members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee – a majority of the members of that committee.  Signers included 9 Democrats and 22 Republicans.  Of these, 8 had not previously gone on record as opposing regulation of coal ash as “hazardous.”

A letter led by Rep. Tim Holden (D-PA) was signed by 124 House members. Signers included 39 Democrats and 85 Republicans. Of these, 17 had not previously gone on record as opposing regulation of coal ash as “hazardous.”

A letter led by Sens. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) was signed by 35 Senators. Signers included 12 Democrats and 23 Republicans.  Of these, 5 had not previously gone on record as opposing regulation of coal ash as “hazardous.”

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) elected to send his own letter opposing a hazardous designation for coal ash.

Well over a third of the members of the United States Congress are now on record as opposed to designating coal ash as “hazardous” when destined for disposal. Copies of last week’s letters can be found here: http://www.recyclingfirst.org/pdfs.php?cat=6

 

Posted by: on: Aug 02, 2010 @ 04:27