H.R. 2541 (112th): Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Sep 20, 2012 (Reported by House Committee).

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Union Calendar No. 495

112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 2541

[Report No. 112–684]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 14, 2011

(for herself, Mr. Schrader, Mr. Michaud, Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, Ms. Pingree of Maine, and Mr. Walden) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

September 20, 2012

Additional sponsors: Mr. Simpson, Mr. Hastings of Washington, Mr. Boren, Mr. Rahall, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Mr. McIntyre, Mrs. Myrick, Mr. Ross of Arkansas, Mr. Kissell, Mr. Holden, Mr. Barrow, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mr. Owens, Mrs. Emerson, Ms. Sewell, Mr. Ribble, Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Dicks, Mrs. Hartzler, Mr. Butterfield, Mr. Peterson, Mr. Goodlatte, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Mulvaney, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Mr. Westmoreland, Mr. Labrador, Mr. Duffy, Mr. Duncan of South Carolina, Mr. Nunnelee, Mr. Reichert, Mr. Guthrie, Mrs. Roby, Mrs. Lummis, Mrs. Ellmers, Mr. Cravaack, Mr. Rogers of Michigan, Mr. McKinley, Mr. Benishek, Mr. Wittman, Mr. Fleming, Mr. Huizenga of Michigan, Mr. Gibson, Mr. Walberg, Mr. Denham, Mr. Griffith of Virginia, Mr. Aderholt, Mr. Petri, Mr. Bonner, Mr. Tipton, Mr. Coffman of Colorado, Mr. Southerland, Mr. Hurt, Mr. Gibbs, Mr. Landry, and Mr. Bachus

September 20, 2012

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic


A BILL

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to exempt the conduct of silvicultural activities from national pollutant discharge elimination system permitting requirements.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act.

2.

Silvicultural activities

Section 402(l) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1342(l)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(3)

Silvicultural activities

(A)

NPDES permit requirements for silvicultural activities

The Administrator shall neither require a permit under this section, nor directly or indirectly require any State to require a permit under this section, for a discharge resulting from the conduct of any silvicultural activity, such as nursery operations, site preparation, reforestation and subsequent cultural treatment, thinning, prescribed burning, pest and fire control, harvesting operations, surface drainage, or road use, construction, and maintenance, from which there is runoff.

(B)

Permits for dredged or fill material

Nothing in this paragraph exempts the conduct of a silvicultural activity resulting in the discharge of dredged or fill material from any permitting requirement under section 404.

.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act.

2.

Silvicultural activities

Section 402(l) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1342(l)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(3)

Silvicultural activities

(A)

NPDES permit requirements for silvicultural activities

The Administrator shall neither require a permit under this section, nor directly or indirectly require any State to require a permit under this section, for a discharge resulting from the conduct of the following silvicultural activities: nursery operations, site preparation, reforestation and subsequent cultural treatment, thinning, prescribed burning, pest and fire control, harvesting operations, surface drainage, or road use, construction, and maintenance, from which there is runoff.

(B)

Permits for dredged or fill material

Nothing in this paragraph exempts the conduct of a silvicultural activity resulting in the discharge of dredged or fill material from any permitting requirement under section 404.

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September 20, 2012

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed