Americans want strong protections against toxic coal ash -- that's why they submitted more than 450,000 public comments during the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) process to put long-overdue protections in place. Unfortunately, Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) recently introduced the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2011 (H.R. 2273), which would handcuff EPA's ability to move forward with strong coal ash disposal safeguards for our communities. And even worse, this bill is expected to come up for a vote this week. Believe it or not, the banana peel you throw away has more robust protections on it than coal ash …
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