Shimkus Supports Coal Ash Bill in House

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Published on July 25 2013 7:27 pm
Last Updated on July 25 2013 7:27 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Local Congressman John Shimkus voted for House passage of the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013.  The bill passed with bipartisan support and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Shimkus said the purpose of the legislation is to allow states to manage coal ash instead of "Washington taking a one-size-fits-all approach that designates coal ash as hazardous waste.  The states are capable of managing this issue."

Currently, 38% of coal ash is recycled, which saves on landfill space.  Concrete products are the most common use of coal ash, but it is also used in the production of shingles and wallboard.

Over 200 organizations expressed their support for the bill, including the Illinois Electric Cooperatives and the US Chamber of Commerce.