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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 7, 2020 10:05 AM
From: Senator David G. Argall and Sen. Gene Yaw, Sen. John T. Yudichak
To: All Senate members
Subject: Investigating the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative’s potential impacts on the Coal Refuse to Energy Industry in Pennsylvania
I will soon introduce a resolution to direct the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee to investigate and provide recommendations regarding the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative’s (RGGI) impacts on the coal refuse to energy industry in Pennsylvania.

In October of 2019, the Governor took steps to force Pennsylvania to join RGGI without the advice and consent of the General Assembly. There are many unanswered questions regarding what Pennsylvania’s entry into RGGI means for these energy jobs in Pennsylvania.

The coal refuse to energy industry generates electricity by using coal refuse for power generation. While using local fuel supplies and local workers, these plants are also responsible for a considerable amount of environmental remediation with an estimated 240 acres of land remediated each year. Polluted streams are made safe for aquatic life and recreation again while massive black mountains of waste coal that had been left untouched for decades are now eliminated.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this resolution.