Heidi Heitkamps Bill on Clean Coal Received Mixed Reactions From the Industry Representatives
Published By : 02 Apr 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
The U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s bill in clean coal technology fails to get the support of a key industry trade group. However, she managed to get only tepid support from the group which she used as a back drop to announce it in public.
According to a white paper regarding the legislation posted on the North Dakota Democrat’s website, the “Advanced Clean Coal Technology Investment in Our Nation Bill” is proposed to ensure coal remains a part of U.S. energy mix. However, there is more mix and manipulation from the coal industry itself.
The National Mining Association supports the CCS development but does not support Heitkamp’s bill because the bill fails to support the coal-based capacity from the Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Performance Standards.
Heitkamp presented her legislation at the headquarters of the Lignite Energy Council in Bismarck before the coal industry representatives.
Lignite Energy Council spokesman Steve Van Dyke said in response to an email that they support her bill as it attempts to reinstate the conventional support but does not go far enough. Hence, they will also support (Rep.) Kevin Cramer and (Sen.) John Hoeven and thank them for their support of the Whitfield-Manchin bill.
Heitkamp supports the Whitfield-Manchin bill, but she is unlikely to see it succeed as it will not get the amount of support as expected, she said last week.