Rothfus-Introduced Legislation to be Marked Up in Committee


Washington, D.C. – February 10, 2016 – (RealEstateRama) — Legislation introduced by Congressman Keith Rothfus [PA-12], the Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment (SENSE) Act (H.R. 3797), will be marked up in the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power this week. The markup is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at 5 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Congressman Rothfus testified last Thursday before the Subcommittee on Energy and Power to discuss the benefits his legislation would bring to Western Pennsylvania and other coal producing regions by ensuring the continued viability of the coal refuse-to-energy industry. Coal refuse-to-energy firms utilize modern technology to generate electricity from coal refuse, a remnant of historic mining operations commonly found across Pennsylvania. In the process, this industry repairs the environmental damage associated with coal refuse piles and restores damaged landscapes. The SENSE Act would set strict but achievable standards that would allow these facilities to continue their environmentally beneficial work.

“The coal refuse-to-energy industry supports family-sustaining jobs in my district and plays an essential role in restoring hillsides, fields, and streams to their original state. This week’s markup is a critical step toward passing my legislation and addressing threats posed by inflexible EPA regulations to the coal refuse-to-energy industry and Western Pennsylvania’s environment,” said Congressman Rothfus.

Additional information on this legislation and Congressman Rothfus’ testimony before the Subcommittee on Energy and Power can be found here.


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