Four Pennsylvania congressman have introduced a bill in Washington that would exempt certain power plants from the Environmental Protection Agency’s restrictive Mercury and Air Toxics Standard.
The bill, called the Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment Act of 2013 (SENSE), specifically addresses the plight of coal refuse-to-energy providers, and an Indiana County company is on the list.
Robindale Energy Services, based in Armagh, is the largest waste coal reclamation company in America, responsible for 25 percent of all waste coal mined in the country and an estimated ten percent of the production in the world. According to the company, it processes four million tons of waste coal per year and disposes of three million tons of coal ash, along with providing up to one million tons of limestone annually. It’s helped clean hundreds of miles of Pennsylvania streams and millions of gallons of acid mine drainage in its 22 years in business.
Other area companies that would be protected under the bill authored by Representative Keith Rothfus include the Cambria Cogeneration Company, Colver Power Project, and the Ebensburg Power Company.
The bill targets the EPA’s limitations on emissions of hydrogen chloride and sulfur dioxide, which Rothfus says would force the affected power providers out of business. The legislation has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.