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Protecting coal refuse-to-energy facilities in the US

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The House recently advanced the Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment (SENSE) Act, H.R. 3797, which would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations from blocking operations at the 19 coal refuse-to-energy facilities in the US.

The Act advanced with a vote of 231 to 183.

Coal refuse-to-energy facilities recycle coal refuse to create affordable and reliable electricity, and in this process help clean up the communities in which they are located. Two EPA regulations that denote emissions limits currently apply to these facilities and therefore could threaten their operations. The SENSE Act is thus seeking to protect these facilities.

“Through American ingenuity, coal refuse-to-energy plants have been developed that actually use this harmful waste product to generate electricity,” US Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee, said. “Unfortunately, there are two EPA rules targeting all coal-fired power plants that are causing some problems. The SENSE Act would allow these coal refuse-to-energy plants to continue operating, to the great benefit to the communities where these facilities are located.”

The Sense Act is sponsored by US Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA).

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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