Congressman Mark S. Critz (PA-12) voted today to instruct conferees on the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 (H.R. 4348) to retain the bipartisan Coal Combustion Residuals program in the final transportation bill.
"Coal ash is a key component of concrete and is used extensively in the construction of roads, bridges, and other infrastructure projects across the country," said Congressman Critz. "Studies have shown that the safe use of coal ash in infrastructure projects costs 20-50 percent less than other products on the market today. Additionally, using coal ash in transportation projects helps to clean up abandoned coal mines and operations, many throughout our area."
The vote on the House floor today, which passed 260-138, would instruct House conferees to insist on the provisions contained in Title V of the House Bill, which would supersede the EPA's authority to permit coal waste disposal sites, and direct the agency to recognize state permitting programs.