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CRS REPORT: McKinley Coal Ash Requirements Could be Ignored by States

June 20, 2012

  

Congress will shortly vote on the McKinley amendment, which would block EPA from establishing enforceable standards for coal ash, also known as coal combustion residuals.  We thought you’d be interested in the CRS report released yesterday, which found that while the McKinley amendment would establish a state “permit program,” it does not require states to actually impose the bill’s requirements on coal ash facilities.  Further, states could waive any of the “standards” in the bill, and would not have to demonstrate their authority to enforce those standards.  The CRS report makes clear that the Title V provision of the transportation bill is unlikely to result in meaningful changes to state programs that are needed to protect human health and the environment.

For a copy of the CRS Report Coal Ash Study, click here.

For our analysis of the the report, click here.