On May 16, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) announced that he will soon introduce coal ash legislation. The bill would create a state permitting program and the option for states to cede authority to the agency should they not wish to create their own program. The subcommittee previously released a draft bill that was identical to a Senate bill from the 112th Congress. Since that time, Representative Shimkus has met with Environmental Protection Agency officials, and at an April hearing Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response Marty Stanislaus expressed concern about a lack of language on leaking facilities closing deadlines and state program implementation timelines. Chairman Shimkus said he is willing to compromise on those issues.