Text of the BREATHE Act

This bill was introduced on March 14, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 14, 2013 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 1154


March 14, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Cartwright, Mr. Holt, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Capuano, Ms. Chu, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Hastings of Florida, Mr. Honda, Mr. Huffman, Mr. Keating, Mr. Langevin, Ms. Lee of California, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Lowenthal, Mrs. Lowey, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. McDermott, Ms. Meng, Mr. Moran, Mr. Nadler, Ms. Norton, Mr. Peters of Michigan, Ms. Pingree of Maine, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Price of North Carolina, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Sarbanes, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Tonko, Ms. Tsongas, Mr. Farr, Mr. Van Hollen, and Ms. Edwards) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To amend the Clean Air Act to eliminate the exemption for aggregation of emissions from oil and gas sources, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Bringing Reductions to Energy’s Airborne Toxic Health Effects Act or the BREATHE Act.


Repeal of exemption for aggregation of emissions from oil and gas sources

Section 112(n) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7412(n)) is amended by striking paragraph (4).


Hydrogen sulfide as a hazardous air pollutant

The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall—


not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, issue a final rule adding hydrogen sulfide to the list of hazardous air pollutants under section 112(b) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7412(b)); and


not later than 365 days after a final rule under paragraph (1) is issued, revise the list under section 112(c) of such Act ( 42 U.S.C. 7412(c) ) to include categories and subcategories of major sources and area sources of hydrogen sulfide, including oil and gas wells.