Hoeven Welcomes House Passage of Coal Ash Recycling Bill

Senator Introduced Companion Bill Last Congress, Working to Reintroduce and Pass in the Senate

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today said House passage of Coal Ash legislation this week is a good first step in ensuring the safe and efficient recycling of coal ash. In 2011, Hoeven introduced a companion bill, the Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act, in the Senate and has been working to reintroduce and pass the measure in the current session of Congress.

“This coal ash legislation sets commonsense standards for managing and recycling coal ash with a state-led, states-first approach,” Hoeven said. “House passage of this legislation is a good step forward. We’re working to build bipartisan support for coal ash recycling legislation in the Senate. This legislation provides certainty for states and industry to manage coal residuals and we need to take the bill up this year and pass it.”

The Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act would enable the recycling of coal residuals into a valuable construction material for roads, buildings and other infrastructure projects. It provides strong state oversight for storage and management of coal residuals, while empowering industry to safely recycle it into cost-effective construction materials.

Coal ash is a byproduct of coal-based electricity generation that has been safely recycled for buildings, roads, bridges and other infrastructure for years. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, however, is considering regulating it as a hazardous waste.