Committee to Consider Bills to Protect Balance and Certainty in Regulation of Nation’s Waters
The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, chaired by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), will mark up the following legislation at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building:
The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014 (H.R. 5078), introduced by U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL), is bipartisan legislation to uphold the federal-state partnership in regulating the Nation’s waters and prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing a rule that broadens the scope of the Clean Water Act and expands the federal government’s regulatory power. Click here for more information about H.R. 5078.
The Regulatory Certainty Act (H.R. 4854), introduced by Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH), defines the exact period of time the Environmental Protection Agency is allowed to restrict or deny a Clean Water Act dredge and fill (wetlands) permit under Section 404(c), and clarifies that the EPA does not have the authority to disapprove or revoke such a permit before the Army Corps of Engineers has completed its review of a permit application or after the Corps of Engineers has issued the permit. Click here for more information about H.R. 4854.
The Coal Jobs Protection Act of 2014 (H.R. 5077), introduced by U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), preserves the authority of each state to make determinations relating to the state’s water quality management program, and restricts the EPA’s ability to second-guess or delay a state’s permitting and water quality standards decisions. Click here for more information about H.R. 5077.
More information, including additional background, legislative text, and a live webcast link, will be available here.
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