Friday: House looks to pre-empt EPA on coal ash rules

Members of the House meet Friday morning to take up one last bill pre-empting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules on coal ash before returning to their districts for a week.

The House will take up H.R. 2273, which would let states adopt and implement their own coal ash permit programs, and create minimum standards for the regulation of coal ash. The bill is a reaction to pending EPA rules that Republicans say would create more than $100 billion in compliance costs for coal-burning power plants, and lead to thousands of lost jobs.

The rule for the bill, which members will debate and approve before turning to the bill itself, makes five Democratic amendments in order, plus a Republican manager's amendment.

The Senate is out until Monday, when it will return to take up an appropriations bill.