U.S. Representative Jim Renacci (R-OH) wrote a commentary for The Daily Record last week describing the impact that two recently introduced pieces of legislation could have on Ohio. The Energy Consumers Relief would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to "submit a cost benefit analysis report to Congress before the agency can impose any new rule or regulation that will result in more than $1 billion in compliance costs." Because Ohio relies so heavily on coal for electricity, Renacci said this bill would prevent consumer costs from increasing drastically. Renacci co-sponsored the second piece of legislation, called the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act. He said that this bill would prevent the EPA from unnecessarily designating coal ash as a "hazardous material." Allowing the agency to move forward, he said, would put "up to 316,000 jobs at risk," as compliance costs could result in coal-fired power plants being shut down completely, the article said. For more, read the full story.