Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and Thomas Carper (D-DE), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, today introduced a Senate Resolution calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct immediate reviews and inspections of all coal ash impoundments in the U.S. and to propose and issue as quickly as possible rules to regulate coal combustion waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

The Resolution (S. Res. 64) also calls on the Tennessee Valley Authority to "meet the intentions of Congress and be ‘a national leader in technological innovation, low-cost power, and environmental stewardship."


Grade Card

national leader in technological innovation - D
low-cost power - C*
environmental stewardship - B overall (Kingston - F)
How would you



A Senate Resolution carries no weight. All it basically does is say "we are watching you". What is needed here is laws passed making the agencies do all of the things that the resolution suggests. Most don't know, but our State Legislature can pass those laws. The resolutions should have been presented by our mayors and voted in by our coucils. That could have been a good starting point at the beginning.

Oh, and I agree. Kingston definitely gets and F (or an incomplete for not even showing up).

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