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HR 1119 - SENSE Act - Key Vote

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Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (215-189) - (Key vote)

Title: SENSE Act

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that exempts power plants that convert coal refuse into energy from certain compliance requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).



  • Amends the way coal refuse-to-energy plants are regulated under EPA air regulations, including the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (Sec. 2).

  • Establishes an alternative means of compliance with emissions standards for hydrogen chloride and sulfur dioxide for coal refuse plants (Sec. 2).

  • Defines “coal refuse” as any byproduct of coal mining, physical coal cleaning, or coal preparation operation that contains coal and other organic and inorganic material (Sec. 2).

  • Specifies that this bill applies to any coal refuse plant that meets the following requirements (Sec. 2):

    • Is in operation as of the enactment date of this bill;

    • Uses fluidized bed combustion technology to convert coal refuse into energy; and

    • Uses coal refuse as at least 75 percent of the annual fuel consumed by heat input of the unit.

  • Prohibits the EPA from requiring units to comply with both an emission standard for hydrogen chloride and an emission standard for sulfur dioxide (Sec. 2).

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: SENSE Act



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