Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 1734 - Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015

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Jul 21, 2015 4:07 PM

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Adams (NC)


Requires the owner or operator of a coal combustion residuals surface impoundment to survey all drinking water supply wells that are within a half mile and down-gradient of the established waste boundary. Also requires the owner or operator of a coal combustion residuals surface impoundment to supply an alternative source of safe drinking water within 24 hours if well water sampling exceeds groundwater standards.

Butterfield (NC), Rush (IL), Clarke (NY), Price, David (NC), Adams (NC)


Allows the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to prevent the legislation from going into effect if it is determined to have a negative impact on vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include infants, children, adolescents, pregnant women, the elderly, individuals with preexisting medical conditions, individuals who work at coal combustion residuals treatment or disposal facilities, members of any other appropriate population identified by the Administrator based on consideration of socioeconomic status, racial or ethnic background, or other similar factors identified by the Administrator.

Castor (FL)


LATE Preserves cleanup requirements in EPA’s final coal ash rule to protect public health and ensure that air and groundwater pollution is addressed quickly and effectively.

Connolly (VA)


REVISED Requires all inactive surface impoundments follow post-closure groundwater monitoring standards pursuant to section 257.104 subsections (b) and (c) of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations.

Pallone (NJ)


Preserves transparency requirements in EPA’s final coal ash rule to ensure public access to information and accountability.

Shimkus (IL)


MANAGER’S AMENDMENT REVISED Updates the reference to the final rule and instead of referencing the date it was signed by the Administrator it inserts the date the final rule was published in the Federal Register.