Waste coal piles; Department of Energy to identify volume and number, use of coal ash. (HB657)

Introduced By

Del. Will Wampler (R-Abingdon) with support from co-patron Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Energy; waste coal piles; report. Directs the Department of Energy, in cooperation with public institutions of higher education serving the coalfield region of the Commonwealth, to identify the approximate volume and number of waste coal piles present in the area and options for cleaning up such waste coal piles, including potential use in electricity generation. The Department of Energy shall report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly by December 1, 2022. The bill also directs the Department of Environmental Quality to convene a working group to evaluate opportunities for the development of public infrastructure projects at current or proposed sites for the storage of coal ash in the Commonwealth. The working group shall report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly by December 1, 2022. This bill is identical to SB 120. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101159D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Energy
01/20/2022Impact statement from SCC (HB657)
01/25/2022Assigned sub: Subcommittee #1
02/01/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
02/03/2022Reported from Commerce and Energy with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2022Committee substitute printed 22105712D-H1
02/07/2022Read first time
02/08/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/08/2022Read second time
02/08/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105712D-H1
02/08/2022Amendment by Delegate Byron agreed to
02/08/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB657EH1
02/08/2022Printed as engrossed 22105712D-EH1
02/09/2022Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/09/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB657EH1)
02/21/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/21/2022Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Committee substitute printed 22106818D-S1
02/21/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
03/01/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2022Read third time
03/03/2022Reading of substitute waived
03/03/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106818D-S1
03/03/2022Reading of amendment waived
03/03/2022Committee amendment agreed to
03/03/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment HB657S1
03/03/2022Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB657S1)
03/07/2022Senate substitute with amendment rejected by House 22106818D-S1 (2-Y 95-N)
03/07/2022VOTE: Rejected (2-Y 95-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Senate insisted on substitute with amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Senate requested conference committee
03/09/2022House acceded to request
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by House
03/10/2022Delegates: Wampler, Kilgore, Bagby
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by Senate
03/10/2022Senators: Hackworth, Surovell, Spruill
03/11/2022C Amended by conference committee
03/11/2022Conference report agreed to by House (87-Y 9-N)
03/11/2022VOTE: Adoption (87-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2022Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/21/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB657ER)
03/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB657ER)
03/21/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Signed by Speaker
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022Governor's recommendation received by House
04/27/2022Placed on Calendar
04/27/2022House concurred in Governor's recommendation (99-Y 0-N)
04/27/2022VOTE: Adoption (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/27/2022Reenrolled bill text (HB657ER2)
04/27/2022Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/27/2022Signed by President as reenrolled
04/27/2022Enacted, Chapter 762 (effective 7/1/22)
04/27/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0762)