Title: SENSE Act
Vote to pass a bill that exempts power plants that convert coal refuse into energy from certain Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.
Exempts certain coal-refuse plants from air regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (Sec. 2).
Establishes an alternative means for coal-refuse plants to be in compliance with EPA emission standards related to hydrogen chloride and sulfur dioxide (Sec. 2).
Defines “coal refuse” as any byproduct of coal mining, physical coal cleaning, or coal preparation (Sec. 2).
Specifies that the new exemptions and compliance standards apply to any coal-refuse plant that meets the following criteria (Sec. 2):
The plant uses fluidized bed combustion technology to convert coal refuse into energy; and
The coal refuse is at least 75 percent of the annual fuel consumed by heat input.
Prohibits the EPA from requiring units to comply with both an emission standard for hydrogen chloride and an emission standard for sulfur dioxide (Sec. 2).