Washington, D.C.— Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07) issued the following statement today regarding the House passage of H.R.2218, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013

“For years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has encouraged companies to implement environmentally-friendly practices, such as recycling the waste and byproducts generated by other companies for beneficial use. However, they are now punishing companies doing exactly what they have been advocating.  By declaring coal ash a hazardous material, the EPA is ultimately crippling earth-conscious companies like American Gypsum in Georgetown, South Carolina.  American Gypsum has been reusing coal ash to produce construction materials, all while reducing carbon dioxide emissions.  The EPA must start practicing what it preaches, instead of picking and choosing environmental winners and losers at the expense of American jobs and affordable energy.”

H.R. 2218 passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a vote of 265-155.