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Text of To expedite the construction of new refining capacity on brownfield sites in the United States, and for other purposes.

...other purposes.

This bill was introduced on June 20, 2008, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jun 20, 2008 (Introduced).

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110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6329

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 20, 2008

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To expedite the construction of new refining capacity on brownfield sites in the United States, and for other purposes.

1.

Definitions

For purposes of this Act—

(1)

the term brownfield site has the meaning given that term in section 101 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (42 U.S.C. 9601);

(2)

the term designated refinery means a refinery designated under section 2(a);

(3)

the term Federal refinery authorization

(A)

means any authorization required under Federal law, whether administered by a Federal or State administrative agency or official, with respect to siting, construction, expansion, or operation of a refinery; and

(B)

includes any permits, special use authorizations, certifications, opinions, or other approvals required under Federal law with respect to siting, construction, expansion, or operation of a refinery;

(4)

the term refinery means—

(A)

a facility designed and operated to receive, load, unload, store, transport, process, and refine crude oil by any chemical or physical process, including distillation, fluid catalytic cracking, hydrocracking, coking, alkylation, etherification, polymerization, catalytic reforming, isomerization, hydrotreating, blending, and any combination thereof, in order to produce gasoline or other fuel; or

(B)

a facility designed and operated to receive, load, unload, store, transport, process, and refine coal by any chemical or physical process, including liquefaction, in order to produce gasoline, diesel, or other liquid fuel as its primary output;

(5)

the term Secretary means the Secretary of Energy; and

(6)

the term State means a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and any other territory or possession of the United States.

2.

State participation and Secretary’s designation

(a)

Designation requirement

Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall designate no less than 5 brownfield sites, or portions thereof, subject to subsection (c)(2), that are appropriate and available for the purposes of siting a refinery.

(b)

Analysis of refinery sites

In considering any site for possible designation under subsection (a), the Secretary shall conduct an analysis of—

(1)

the availability of crude oil supplies to the site, including supplies from domestic production of shale oil and tar sands and other strategic unconventional fuels;

(2)

the distribution of the Nation’s refined petroleum product demand;

(3)

whether such site is in close proximity to substantial pipeline infrastructure, including both crude oil and refined petroleum product pipelines, and potential infrastructure feasibility;

(4)

the need to diversify the geographical location of the domestic refining capacity;

(5)

the effect that increased refined petroleum products from a refinery on that site may have on the price and supply of gasoline to consumers; and

(6)

such other factors as the Secretary considers appropriate.

(c)

Making designated sites available

(1)

Secretary’s role

If a designated site is owned by the Federal Government, the Secretary shall take appropriate actions to make the site available for the construction of a refinery. If the site is not owned by the Federal Government, the Secretary shall facilitate the necessary transfer of interest in the site from a willing seller to enable the construction of a refinery on the site.

(2)

Governor’s objection

No site may be used for a refinery under this Act if, not later than 60 days after designation of the site under subsection (a), the Governor of the State in which the site is located transmits to the Secretary an objection to the designation, unless, not later than 60 days after the Secretary receives such objection, the Congress has by law overridden the objection.

3.

Process coordination and rules of procedure

(a)

Designation as Lead Agency

(1)

In general

The Department of Energy shall act as the lead agency for the purposes of coordinating all applicable Federal refinery authorizations and related environmental reviews with respect to a designated refinery.

(2)

Other agencies

Each Federal and State agency or official required to provide a Federal refinery authorization shall cooperate with the Secretary and comply with the deadlines established by the Secretary.

(b)

Schedule

(1)

Secretary’s authority to set schedule

The Secretary shall establish a schedule for all Federal refinery authorizations with respect to a designated refinery. In establishing the schedule, the Secretary shall—

(A)

ensure expeditious completion of all such proceedings; and

(B)

accommodate the applicable schedules established by Federal law for such proceedings.

(2)

Failure to meet schedule

If a Federal or State administrative agency or official does not complete a proceeding for an approval that is required for a Federal refinery authorization in accordance with the schedule established by the Secretary under this subsection, the applicant may pursue remedies under subsection (d).

(c)

Consolidated Record

The Secretary shall, with the cooperation of Federal and State administrative agencies and officials, maintain a complete consolidated record of all decisions made or actions taken by the Secretary or by a Federal administrative agency or officer (or State administrative agency or officer acting under delegated Federal authority) with respect to any Federal refinery authorization. Such record shall be the record for judicial review under subsection (d) of decisions made or actions taken by Federal and State administrative agencies and officials, except that, if the Court determines that the record does not contain sufficient information, the Court may remand the proceeding to the Secretary for further development of the consolidated record.

(d)

Judicial Review

(1)

In general

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia shall have original and exclusive jurisdiction over any civil action for the review of—

(A)

an order or action, related to a Federal refinery authorization, by a Federal or State administrative agency or official; and

(B)

an alleged failure to act by a Federal or State administrative agency or official acting pursuant to a Federal refinery authorization.

The failure of an agency or official to act on a Federal refinery authorization in accordance with the Secretary’s schedule established pursuant to subsection (b) shall be considered inconsistent with Federal law for the purposes of paragraph (2) of this subsection.
(2)

Court action

If the Court finds that an order or action described in paragraph (1)(A) is inconsistent with the Federal law governing such Federal refinery authorization, or that a failure to act as described in paragraph (1)(B) has occurred, and the order, action, or failure to act would prevent the siting, construction, expansion, or operation of the designated refinery, the Court shall remand the proceeding to the agency or official to take appropriate action consistent with the order of the Court. If the Court remands the order, action, or failure to act to the Federal or State administrative agency or official, the Court shall set a reasonable schedule and deadline for the agency or official to act on remand.

(3)

Secretary’s action

For any civil action brought under this subsection, the Secretary shall promptly file with the Court the consolidated record compiled by the Secretary pursuant to subsection (c).

(4)

Expedited review

The Court shall set any civil action brought under this subsection for expedited consideration.

(5)

Attorney’s fees

In any action challenging a Federal refinery authorization that has been granted, reasonable attorney’s fees and other expenses of litigation shall be awarded to the prevailing party. This paragraph shall not apply to any action seeking remedies for denial of a Federal refinery authorization or failure to act on an application for a Federal refinery authorization.

4.

5-Year extension of election to expense certain refineries

(a)

In general

Paragraph (1) of section 179C(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (defining qualified refinery property) is amended—

(1)

by striking January 1, 2012 in subparagraph (B) and inserting January 1, 2017, and

(2)

by striking January 1, 2008 each place it appears in subparagraph (F) and inserting January 1, 2013.

(b)

Implementation through Secretarial guidance

(1)

Guidance

Paragraph (1) of section 179C(b) of such Code (relating to general rule for election) is amended by inserting or other guidance after regulations.

(2)

Reporting

Subsection (h) of section 179C of such Code (relating to reporting) is amended by striking shall require and inserting may, through guidance, require.

(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this Act shall apply to property placed in service after December 31, 2007.

(d)

Requirement for issuance of guidance

Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury shall issue regulations or other guidance to carry out section 179C of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (as amended by this section).