A Republican-backed House bill introduced Feb. 8 would provide a refundable tax credit for power plants that burn coal refuse tossed aside by mining companies decades ago.

The $12-per-ton credit could be enough to get the struggling coal refuse industry through the next 10 years, when the credit would expire.

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), the bill’s sponsor, told Bloomberg Environment he plans to immediately seek cosponsors for the Coal Refuse Reclamation Act (H.R. 4977)