H.R. 311: Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Mar 12, 2014 (Referred to Senate Committee).

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113th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 311

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 12, 2014

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

AN ACT

To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to change the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure rule with respect to certain farms.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act or the FUELS Act.

2.

Applicability of Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure rule

(a)

In general

The Administrator, in implementing the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure rule with respect to any farm, shall—

(1)

require certification of compliance with such rule by—

(A)

a professional engineer for a farm with—

(i)

an individual tank with an aboveground storage capacity greater than 10,000 gallons;

(ii)

an aggregate aboveground storage capacity greater than or equal to 42,000 gallons; or

(iii)

a history that includes a spill, as determined by the Administrator; or

(B)

the owner or operator of the farm (via self-certification) for a farm with—

(i)

an aggregate aboveground storage capacity greater than 10,000 gallons but less than 42,000 gallons; and

(ii)

no history of spills, as determined by the Administrator; and

(2)

exempt from all requirements of such rule any farm—

(A)

with an aggregate aboveground storage capacity of less than or equal to 10,000 gallons; and

(B)

no history of spills, as determined by the Administrator.

(b)

Calculation of aggregate aboveground storage capacity

For the purposes of subsection (a), the aggregate aboveground storage capacity of a farm excludes all containers on separate parcels that have a capacity that is less than 1,320 gallons.

3.

Definitions

In this Act, the following terms apply:

(1)

Administrator

The term Administrator means the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

(2)

Farm

The term farm has the meaning given such term in section 112.2 of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations.

(3)

Gallon

The term gallon refers to a United States liquid gallon.

(4)

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure rule

The term Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure rule means the regulation promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency under part 112 of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations.

Passed the House of Representatives March 11, 2014.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk