Westerman Votes to Protect Jobs, Limit Government Overreach

July 22, 2015
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) voted Wednesday for H.R. 1734, the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015. Westerman issued the following statement upon passage of the bill:

“The government should it be in the business of creating a regulatory environment that results in loss of jobs and economic development vital to the United States. My vote today was a vote to protect American jobs and limit government overreach. Coal combustion residuals can be responsibly disposed of and in some cases recycled in spite of the federal government’s best efforts to impose unnecessary regulations on the energy industry, costing American jobs and passing the costs to consumers.”

According to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015 provides for the safe management and disposal of coal ash in a manner that preserves jobs and encourages recycling. According to the committee, the recycling and beneficial use of coal ash materials keeps utility costs low, provides for low-cost durable construction materials like concrete and roofing materials, and reduces waste. Estimates project this legislation will protect approximately 316,000 jobs.