House passes bill on coal ash

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Posted: Jul 25, 2013 11:49 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed legislation giving states greater control over the management of coal ash.

It's a byproduct of coal combustion that poses environmental threats in landfills but is also commonly recycled for use in cement, concrete and other products.

Some Democrats saw the measure as yet another attempt by Republicans to undermine the EPA. But the bill passed with bipartisan support.

The White House voiced concerns but did not issue a veto threat. That leaves the possibility of compromise as the bill moves to the Senate.

Focus on coal ash increased after a 2008 leak in Tennessee contaminated nearby waterways and required a massive cleanup.