The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on a bipartisan bill (H.R. 2218) introduced by Representative David McKinley, R-W.Va. that would limit the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate the management and disposal of coal ash. The bill would allow each state to implement and enforce its own coal ash disposal programs, and would require the EPA to defer to the states. States that do not create their own coal ash disposal programs would still be directly regulated by the EPA.
Data: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to members of the House of Representatives from coal mining and electric power utilities industries from January 1, 2011—December 31, 2012. Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org
- Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., the bill's chief sponsor, has received $263,928 from the coal mining and electric power utilities industries, the second highest total in the House of Representatives (behind only Speaker of the House, John Boehner, $529,117).
- McKinley has received 18 times more money from the coal mining and electric power utilities industries than the average for all members of the House of Representatives.