Included among the many amendments were several the National Association of Manufacturers had taken positions on. One was considered Friday, and we’re pleased to report that the outcome reflected the NAM’s position identified in a “Key Vote” letter sent to the House on Thursday.
By a vote of 239-183, the House approved an amendment sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (D-WV) to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from moving forward its plans to classify coal combustion residuals or coal ash as a hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. As Rep. McKinley explained in a news release when introducing the amendment:
Among other effects this proposed designation would create a legal and marketing stigma for products made with recycled CCBs – including wall board, concrete, and fertilizer – harming thousands of small businesses across the country in addition to the coal operators and power generators that recycle these by-products for business-to-business sale.
“Electricity costs will sharply rise and West Virginians will lose their jobs if the EPA is allowed to regulate fly ash as a ‘hazardous’ material,” McKinley said.
The House also voted 234-187 to approve Amendent 545 sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) to block funding for implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new product safety complaint database. The NAM e-mailed a letter to the House urging support for the amendment as needed to delay and ultimately improve the complaint database, which as currently planned would provide too many opportunities for false or inaccurate reports. The result could unjustly tarnish a product or company and through the bad information actually undermine consumer product safety. (See earlier post, “CPSIA Update: How to Fix the CPSC Erratabase.”)