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HOTLIST – Coal Ash Disposal and Plastics Bans

What a week! Sometimes the legislature is loud and boisterous and sometimes the work happens quietly and quickly. Last week had a healthy mix of the two. We had a productive subcommittee hearing on energy and worked to make sure anti-conservation bills continue to move slowly (if at all) through the General Assembly.

What happened last week:

  • Clean Energy: We had some positive developments last week with a subcommittee hearing on H.3659 in the House Labor, Commerce, and Industry (LCI) Committee. The Public Utilities Subcommittee met last Thursday to discuss a proposed compromise amendment. After robust discussion about the impact of the bill and amendment, we hope to see action on the bill this week. In addition, a strong coalition of solar industry groups, clean energy advocates, and conservation organizations continued to add cosponsors to both the House and Senate bills (H.3659 andS.332). Last week, Representatives Hyde, Jefferson, and R. Williams signed on in support of energy competition and we thank them for their support.
  • Coal Ash Disposal: Remember when we worked with legislators in 2016 to get coal ash disposed of properly in class 3 landfills? H.3483, filed by Upstate Rep. Davey Hiott (Chairman of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee), will keep those protections in place. Luckily, it passed out of the House last week!

The week ahead: 

We’re busily collecting RSVPs from legislators and advocates for the Feb. 21 Legislative Breakfast with the Conservation Coalition – RSVP today. From 8-10 am in Room 112 of the Blatt Building, we’ll enjoy breakfast from Blue Marlin while chatting with legislators and our friends in the SC Conservation Coalition about our legislative priorities and conservation values.

Finally, please join us for the March 19 Conservation Coalition Lobby Day and Oyster Roast.

As always, you can continue to follow our weekly hotlist and more opportunities to take action at www.cvsc.beamandhinge.com.

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