Jul 25 2013 -
Washington, DC—Today, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16) released the following statement on the House’s approval of H.R. 2218, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act, which would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from designating coal ash as a “hazardous material.” Rep. Renacci was a cosponsor of the bill.
“Both Republicans and Democrats have spoken out against this proposed rule. There is no scientific evidence to show coal ash is hazardous, and this EPA regulation is nothing more than another thinly veiled attempt to force the coal industry out of business. Coal ash is used in a host of materials, including cement, which we use to build our roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
“This proposal is estimated to cost energy companies as much as $110 billion over the next 20 years, putting over 300,000 jobs at risk as companies would be forced to lay off workers to meet the new compliance costs. Using other, more expensive replacement materials would cost additional taxpayer dollars for thousands of public works projects across America.
“This regulation is bad for Ohio families and small businesses. That is why I was proud to support this legislation. I call on the EPA to dump this proposal and instead focus on removing policies that are costing my constituents more and more of their hard-earned money and holding our economic recovery back.”
Rep. Renacci is serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he is a member of the Ways and Means Committee. Prior to his election he worked as a Certified Public Accountant in the health care industry, and owned and operated over 60 other businesses in the automotive and sports management fields.
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