July 10, 2013
The Honorable David McKinley
U.S. House of Representatives
412 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative McKinley:
On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I write in support of legislation you have introduced, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 (H.R. 2218) that will allow for the reasonable regulation of coal ash in transportation and other construction projects.
From mining to transport and of course as a domestic energy source, coal plays an important role in our economy and specifically creates and sustains jobs in the transportation sector. At a time when too many Americans are out of work and desperately seeking to support their families, we should be embracing measures that will create the right environment for private sector job growth. H.R. 2218 establishes workable federal standards to regulate the management and disposal of coal ash. This will ensure that coal ash can continue to be used as recycled materials in construction projects which in turn will keep raw material costs down and support this important segment of our economy.
TTD appreciates your efforts to create jobs and grow our economy and we stand with you in support of H.R. 2218. Thank you for your leadership on this, and so many other issues important to transportation workers.