A new bill from Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate aims to reform federal laws that allow the coal sector to self-bond its environmental liabilities.
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Penn., joined other colleagues in the House and Senate to introduce the Coal Cleanup Taxpayer Protection Act.
“As coal companies emerge from bankruptcy, we should act now to avoid the mistakes of the past,” Cantwell said. “That means coal companies need to set aside real resources for cleanup, not so-called ‘self-bonds’ that risk taxpayer dollars to clean up the mess these companies can leave behind.”
Cantwell’s release pointed out that some states such as Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana and Virginia already do not allow self-bonding.