Tags:From Appalachian Voices' statement:
Appalachian Voices would like to thank Congressman Heath Shuler for voting against H.R. 2273, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act, a bill that does nothing to protect our communities from the dangers of toxic coal ash.
Coal ash is the abundant and dangerous waste left over after coal is burned. Despite the fact that is known to have a wide range of contaminants, including heavy metals, coal ash has never been subject to federal protections, and state laws governing disposal are usually weak or non-existent.
Though we are disappointed that H.R. 2273 did pass the floor of the House of Representatives today with a vote count of 267 to 144, we are extremely pleased that Congressman Shuler did the right thing and put public safety and health first.
H.R. 2273 does not provide any true safeguards against the danger of coal ash and subverts the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s public rule-making process already in progress. More than 450,000 Americans have commented on EPA proposals to address coal ash pollution and dam safety — H.R. 2273 essentially drowns out their voices.
From the threat of dam breaches, such as the disaster that occurred almost three years ago in Harriman, Tenn., to health concerns from air and water pollution, coal ash presents very real dangers to hundreds of thousands of Americans. Heath Shuler has stood up for communities who live near the French Broad River, where two high-hazard coal ash dams have been shown to leak heavy metals and other pollutants into groundwater.
Once again, we thank Heath Shuler for standing up for the health and safety of his constituents and communities who live near dangerous coal ash dams.
NC Campaign Coordinator