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McAuliffe: No position on coal ash bill, despite DEQ head's backing

Environmentalists said they are upset that one of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's top environmental officials testified in support Wednesday of federal legislation they say will hurt efforts to curb pollution from coal ash. Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Director David Paylor testified Wednesday before a U.S. House subcommittee in favor of a bill backed by electric utilities and sponsored by Republican U.S. Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia. Paylor said McKinley's bill would improve recent federal U.S. Environmental Protection Agency coal ash rules by giving utilities greater clarity regarding regulation as well as giving states additional flexibility in...

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