H.R. 2018 (112th): Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011

May 26, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Passed House)
See Instead:

S. 3558 (same title)
Referred to Committee — Sep 19, 2012

John Mica
Representative for Florida's 7th congressional district
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Last Updated
Jul 18, 2011
12 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 1948 (113th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 13, 2013

S. 3558 (Related)
Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Sep 19, 2012


This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on July 13, 2011 but was never passed by the Senate.

Introduced May 26, 2011
Referred to Committee May 26, 2011
Reported by Committee Jun 22, 2011
Passed House Jul 13, 2011
Full Title

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to preserve the authority of each State to make determinations relating to the State's water quality standards, and for other purposes.


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Jul 13, 2011 5:53 p.m.
Failed 170/252
Jul 13, 2011 6:02 p.m.
Agreed to 268/152
Jul 13, 2011 6:06 p.m.
Failed 191/231
Jul 13, 2011 6:10 p.m.
Failed 181/240
Jul 13, 2011 6:14 p.m.
Failed 183/237
Jul 13, 2011 6:18 p.m.
Failed 173/247
Jul 13, 2011 6:22 p.m.
Failed 167/254
Jul 13, 2011 6:56 p.m.
Passed 239/184

39 cosponsors (35R, 4D) (show)

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7/13/2011--Passed House amended.
Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011 -
Section 2 -
Amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from:
(1) promulgating a revised or new water quality standard for a pollutant when the Administrator has approved a state water quality standard for such pollutant unless the state concurs with the Administrator's determination that the revised or new standard is necessary to meet the requirements of such Act;
(2) taking action to supersede a state's determination that a discharge will comply with effluent limitations, water quality standards, controls on the discharge of pollutants, and toxic and pretreatment effluent standards under such Act;
(3) withdrawing approval of a state program under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), limiting federal financial assistance for a state NPDES program, or objecting to the issuance of a NPDES permit by a state on the basis that the Administrator disagrees with the state regarding the implementation of an approved water quality standard or the implementation of any federal guidance that directs the interpretation of such standard; and
(4) prohibiting the specification of any defined area as a disposal site for the discharge of dredged or fill material into navigable waters and denying or restricting the use of such area as a disposal site in a permit if the state where the discharge originates does not concur with the Administrator's determination that the discharge will result in an unacceptable adverse effect on municipal water supplies, shellfish beds, and fishery areas.
Section 4 -
Shortens the period in which the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service must submit comments with respect to a general dredge and fill permit application. Requires the Administrator and other agencies to submit comments on an application for a general permit or a permit to discharge into navigable waters at specified disposal sites within 30 days (or 60 days if additional time is requested) after the date of receipt of such application.
Section 5 -
Applies this Act to actions taken on or after this Act's date of enactment, including actions taken with respect to permit applications that are pending or revised or new standards that are being promulgated.
Section 6 -
Requires the Administrator to report on any increase or reduction in waterborne pathogenic microorganisms (including protozoa, viruses, bacteria, and parasites), toxic chemicals, or toxic metals (such as lead and mercury) in waters regulated by a state under this Act.
Section 7 -
Prohibits this Act from being construed to limit the authority of the Administrator to regulate a pipeline that crosses a streambed.
Section 8 -
Requires the Administrator, before issuing a regulation, policy statement, guidance, response to a petition, or other requirement or implementing a new or substantially altered program under this Act, to analyze the impact, disaggregated by state, of such action on employment levels and economic activity.
Directs the Administrator to:
(1) post such analysis on EPA's website;
(2) request that the governor of any state experiencing more than a de minimis negative impact on employment levels or economic activity (a loss of more than 100 jobs or a decrease in economic activity of more than $1 million) post such analysis in the state's Capitol;
(3) hold a public hearing in each state where such action will have more than a de minimis negative impact; and
(4) give notice of such impact to states' congressional delegations, governors, and legislatures.

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