A couple of days ago I posted a link on Rep. David McKinley's bad ash bill that would permanently prohibit the EPA from regulating coal and other fossil fuel combustion wastes under subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
A number of organizations have released action alerts to ask citizens to let their Representative in Washington know that this is not an acceptable outcome for handling toxic coal ash.
The bill -- HR 1391 -- is scheduled for markup at 4pm tomorrow in the House Environment and the Economy subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and could be voted on in committee in a day or two.
If your Representative is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee or the Environment and Economy subcommittee, it would be especially appreciated if you would get in touch with them to register your opinion on this issue.
If you live in the 7th District of Tennessee, your Representive is Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who is a member of the Committee.
It is especially important to contact your representative if you live near a coal-burning power plant or a landfill that accepts coal combustion waste. The strongest protection for people and communities near ash ponds and landfills would be for coal combustion wastes to be regulated under Subtitle C!
You can find more information on coal combustion waste disposal and the proposed rule at EPA's Coal Combustion Residuals page.