Republicans introduce resolution to block coal ash rule

By Miranda Willson | 05/23/2024 04:25 PM EDT

The legislation is at least the second this week looking to overturn a new EPA regulation.

Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.).

Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) is sponsoring a Congressional Review Act resolution against EPA’s latest coal combustion waste standards. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Republican lawmakers are seeking to overturn a new environmental regulation to reduce pollution from coal ash.

Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) introduced a measure this week under the Congressional Review Act targeting the rule, which the Biden administration finalized last month. Twenty-six other Republicans signed on to the resolution of disapproval.

EPA’s new coal ash rule would require utilities and power plant owners to close and remediate old landfills and dump sites that are no longer active.


In addition, the rule subjects to potentially hundreds of ash management sites to federal cleanup and groundwater monitoring requirements for the first time.