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House approves bill to tweak coal ash standards

Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday approved a bill granting states authority to regulate waste generated from coal burned for electricity. The bill, approved 258-166, would largely bypass a federal rule issued last year by the Environmental Protection Agency. The rule set the first national standards for so-called coal ash, treating it more like household garbage than a hazardous material. The bill's sponsor, Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., said it was needed because the EPA rule leaves open the possibility that coal ash could be designated as hazardous, creating uncertainty for industry. The White House said in its veto threat that the...

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