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house Bill H.R. 3797

Do Power Plants That Burn Coal Waste Deserve Leeway on Emissions Standards?

Argument in favor

Coal refuse piles are an environmental and aesthetic blight on the communities they neighbor. Thankfully, coal refuse power plants not only remove and clean up those piles, but generate affordable energy. Emissions regulations should do more to accommodate these power plants.

BTSundra's Opinion
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03/15/2016
If they're cleaning up their mess they should be excepted, and the EPA should be abolished.
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Jake's Opinion
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03/15/2016
How much more regulation until this industry is regulated into the ground? Until we have MUCH more viable options in energy there is no reason to keep restricting the coal industry any further.
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operaman's Opinion
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03/15/2016
Sure, why not! Course, they must follow rules governing coal waste.
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Argument opposed

While coal refuse piles are environmental nuisance polluting nearby bodies of water or catching on fire, burning the coal waste to generate power simply trades one type of pollution for the another. Also, this would unfairly advantage coal refuse power plants at the expense of other energy producers.

Bradley's Opinion
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03/15/2016
Giving anyone leeway on emissions standards is essentially voting against all of the science that states our climate is changing.
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Alexandra's Opinion
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12/11/2016
Burning coal waste releases harmful emissions that the EPA regulates for human health reasons first and foremost (see: national ambient air quality standards). Providing leeway in any emissions release at a coal power plant states a terrible precedent AND puts communities near and downwind of power plants at risk of inhaling gases and particulates dangerous to human health. Hard "No" on this one, that is if you like to breathe unpolluted air.
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Marissa's Opinion
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03/15/2016
Another bought and paid for legislation by the fossil fuel industry. Vote them out!!!!!!
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    If they're cleaning up their mess they should be excepted, and the EPA should be abolished.
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    Giving anyone leeway on emissions standards is essentially voting against all of the science that states our climate is changing.
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    Burning coal waste releases harmful emissions that the EPA regulates for human health reasons first and foremost (see: national ambient air quality standards). Providing leeway in any emissions release at a coal power plant states a terrible precedent AND puts communities near and downwind of power plants at risk of inhaling gases and particulates dangerous to human health. Hard "No" on this one, that is if you like to breathe unpolluted air.
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    Another bought and paid for legislation by the fossil fuel industry. Vote them out!!!!!!
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    At some point we need to make the environment a priority. The fear is that what we are doing is already too little, too late. We need to enforce the protections already in place.
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    I'm tired of this special interest ruining our ecosystem and our health. They can no longer make profits at such a terrible cost to America.
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    Emission standards should be uniform across the board. Exemptions only lead to more exemptions until you might as well not have standards at all.
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    Clean energy means 0 emissions. The world is facing an emergent danger of global warming. You will be on the wrong side of history if you do not move us all toward clean energy immediately. Clean energy creates new jobs new infrastructure & a place in the competitive new world market. If any corporations do not comply enforce the highest taxes fines & punishments including jail time. This is life & death, sickness vs health, prosperity vs poverty.
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    How much more regulation until this industry is regulated into the ground? Until we have MUCH more viable options in energy there is no reason to keep restricting the coal industry any further.
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    It's not the 1800s. This makes as much sense as subsidizing the horse and buggy industry
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    NO.
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    Burning Coal is a huge pollutant in our environment. I would like to see more reforms for clean energy especially solar power.
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    It is against my own interest to say this, because I work in the boilers of these power plants. With that said, I can say that these places ARE very dirty, both inside and outside. I can say for a fact that that the emission restrictions are indeed necessary. I have been to, and worked in multiple power plants across the country, one fact is the same. The fly ash produced as a result of burning coal. That byproduct is sent to ash ponds on site where it will sit indefinitely. The EPA is not the problem here. The problem is, that the way we think of producing power needs to change, there are a number of ways to produce electricity. Gas turbines for example, which by the way are being used by TVA are very efficient and less costly for the energy supplier and the consumer. In addition we also have the largest supply of natural gas in the world.
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    It's time to shut down the coal industry and build up wind and solar power.
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    Would I rather be burned alive or suffocated? How about none of the above.
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    That is the whole point of emissions "standards". If Congress grants leeway to every pet fossil fuel plant in the country, then they are no longer standards, but a joke.
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    Another give away to coal industry by giving them a way to profit and clean up waste. Air pollution from burning coal is significant and coal burning without eps approved scrubbers should be banned.
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    Sure, why not! Course, they must follow rules governing coal waste.
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    Burning coal inflames respitory issues in children and those who already have issues. We should be encouraging companies to move onto more efficient and more sustainable energy sources. These companies can make the transition, but they just don't want to.
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    No. The fossil fuel industry has reaped huge profits by polluting. No, no, no. They create huge messes and walk away with billions of dollars and stick tax payers with clean up costs. Follow the money and see who profits. It won't be we the people
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