Membership Alert! We have been advised that House leadership intends to bring up the coal ash bill (H.R. 2273) the week of October 11. Because this is critical to Horry Electric Cooperative and our members, we’re asking you to join forces with us to get messages to Congress urging support of H.R. 2273.
To participate, visit the Take Action Network, enter your information and send the provided letter via email or by printing and mailing it. Any additional comments you would like to make to the message are welcome. It won’t take long to do this – maybe two minutes, total.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed regulating coal combustion residuals (CCRs), commonly known as coal ash, as a hazardous material under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Over the years, companies have found a variety of ways to incorporate coal ash in productive, beneficial applications such as roof shingles, wallboard, asphalt and bricks. The prospect of hazardous regulatory treatment of coal ash could lead to significant compliance costs for waste management operations on coal-based electricity generation.
How it affects South Carolina…
Because more than 80 percent of the electricity that S.C. electric co-op consumers rely upon is generated with coal, the absence of further regulation will directly benefit cooperative members. Our priority is providing affordable and reliable energy to the 1.5 million South Carolinians who use power from electric cooperatives.
H.R. 2273 will provide electric cooperatives with regulatory certainty over the treatment of coal ash and help preserve affordable and reliable power. If this bill does not pass, it could be extremely costly for South Carolina’s co-ops. It is projected that as much as 18% of current coal generating capacity in the country would be at risk of closure.