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house Bill H.R. 1119

Do Power Plants That Burn Coal Waste Need Leeway on Emissions Standards?

Argument in favor

Coal refuse piles are an environmental and aesthetic blight on the communities they neighbor. Thankfully, coal refuse power plants not only remove and clean up those piles, but generate affordable energy. Emissions regulations should do more to accommodate these power plants.

James's Opinion
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03/08/2018
I have family that works for the industry that know the details and specs on waste. The industry has some of the toughest standards in the world and when they miss their mark they’re fined, HEAVILY. They don’t need to be regulated more, they already have tough restrictions. If you don’t like coal and natural gas spend money to invest in electric and renewables. It’s the way of the future. For now leave the coal and natural gas guys alone, they’ll be obsolete soon enough
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Ben's Opinion
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03/05/2018
Coal is still a long term energy solution until large scale energy storage solutions become viable
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Charles's Opinion
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03/08/2018
Current regulations are too restrictive. I would much rather burn COAL LEFTOVER’s than build, or continue the operation of existing, Nuclear Power Plants on the Oceanside’s (Fukushima), or elsewhere. What would CA or Florida do if the big one actually hit? The same as Fukushima because there was so much radiation coming out NO ONE COULD ENTER FOR MONTHS! I live in CA and am suffering the effect of Fukushima ruining our beautiful beaches and sea food for years to come. They have been lying to cover it up. The amount of radioactive materials pouring out of the Pacific Ocean and it’s food source:life source. All existing nuclear power plants should have already been discontinued and dismantled. The entire “clean energy “ spin is a joke. They have had zero point clean energy for years. Blame government not coal... lets get really real.
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Argument opposed

While coal refuse piles are environmental nuisances polluting nearby bodies of water or catching on fire, burning the coal waste to generate power simply trades one type of pollution for the another. This would unfairly advantage coal refuse power plants at the expense of other energy producers.

NotAmused's Opinion
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03/07/2018
No one needs leeway on emissions standards. Everyone needs clean air and water. We all have to sacrifice something in order to save our own butts.
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Sarah's Opinion
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03/08/2018
Our planet is much more important than these companies and their bottom line.
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Bill's Opinion
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03/08/2018
What’s the point of an emission standard if we give breaks to the technologies it was designed to discourage?
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • The house Passed March 8th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 215 Yea / 189 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Environment and Climate Change
    IntroducedFebruary 16th, 2017

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