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House prevents designation of fly ash as hazardous (now it's the Senate's turn)

From the Associated General Contractors of America:

The U.S. House of Representatives passed AGC-supported legislation, H.R. 2273, the Coal Residuals and Management Act, on Oct. 14 by a vote of 267 to 144. The bill prevents coal combustion residuals (e.g., fly ash) from being designated as “hazardous” materials. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designation would have limited the use of fly ash in construction.

The bill also allows for the responsible storage of coal combustion residuals to address environmental concerns while allowing its continued use in construction.

Fly ash is used in concrete to enhance its performance, strength, durability, and lifespan, and has been an environmentally-responsible construction practice that reduces and recycles waste that would otherwise be unusable.

AGC and the AGC co-chaired Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) sent letters to the House in support of the legislation.