U.S. House Guts EPA Coal Ash Rule
Washington, DC - Tonight, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1734 which weakens the Environmental Protection Agency's recently issued coal ash rule. Clean Water Action Water Programs Director, Jennifer Peters, released the following statement:
"H.R. 1734 is another in a long line of giveaways to big utilities and dirty coal companies and it undermines the very modest protections in EPA's final coal ash rule. The worst provisions in the bill eliminate the ban on storing or dumping coal ash in drinking water sources; reduce access to information, discouraging public participation; and remove the rule's national minimum standards for the protection of health and the environment. H.R. 1734 guarantees we will see more spills and contamination of drinking water resources across the nation. We thank the Obama administration for standing with impacted communities and threatening to veto this radical, polluter friendly bill."