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Text of the Promoting New Manufacturing Act

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on November 20, 2014 but was never passed by the Senate. The text of the bill below is as of Dec 1, 2014 (Referred to Senate Committee).

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113th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4795

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

December 1, 2014

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

AN ACT

To promote new manufacturing in the United States by providing for greater transparency and timeliness in obtaining necessary permits, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Promoting New Manufacturing Act.

2.

 Building and Manufacturing Projects Dashboard

(a)

In general

The Administrator shall, with respect to fiscal year 2008 and each subsequent fiscal year, publish in a readily accessible location on the Environmental Protection Agency’s public Website the Agency’s estimate of the following:

(1)

The total number of preconstruction permits issued during the fiscal year.

(2)

The percentage of such preconstruction permits issued within one year after the date of filing of a completed application.

(3)

The average length of time for the Agency’s Environmental Appeals Board to issue a final decision on petitions appealing decisions to grant or deny a preconstruction permit application.

(b)

Initial publication; updates

The Administrator shall—

(1)

make the publication required by subsection (a) for fiscal years 2008 through 2013 not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act; and

(2)

update such publication not less than annually.

(c)

Sources of information

In carrying out this section:

(1)

With respect to information to be published for fiscal years 2008 through 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency’s estimates shall be based on information that is in the Agency’s possession as of the date of enactment of this Act, including information in the RACT/BACT/LAER Clearinghouse database.

(2)

With respect to information to be published for any fiscal year, nothing in the section compels the Environmental Protection Agency to seek or collect any information in addition to the information that is voluntarily provided by States and local air agencies for the RACT/BACT/LAER Clearinghouse database.

3.

Timely issuance of regulations and guidance to address new or revised national ambient air quality standards in preconstruction permitting

(a)

In general

In publishing any final rule establishing or revising a national ambient air quality standard, the Administrator shall, as the Administrator determines necessary and appropriate to assist States, permitting authorities, and permit applicants, concurrently publish regulations and guidance for implementing the standard, including information relating to submission and consideration of a preconstruction permit application under the new or revised standard.

(b)

Applicability of standard to pre­con­struc­tion permitting

If the Administrator fails to publish final regulations and guidance that include information relating to submission and consideration of a preconstruction permit application under a new or revised national ambient air quality standard concurrently with such standard, then such standard shall not apply to the review and disposition of a preconstruction permit application until the Agency has published such final regulations and guidance.

(c)

Rules of construction

(1)

After publishing regulations and guidance for implementing national ambient air quality standards under subsection (a), nothing in this section shall preclude the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing subsequent regulations or guidance to assist States and facilities in implementing such standards.

(2)

Nothing in this section shall be construed to eliminate the obligation of a preconstruction permit applicant to install best available control technology and lowest achievable emissions rate technology, as applicable.

(3)

Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the authority of a State, local, or tribal permitting authority to impose more stringent emissions requirements pursuant to State, local, or tribal law than Federal national ambient air quality standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency.

4.

Report to Congress on actions to expedite review of preconstruction permits

(a)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, and annually thereafter, the Administrator shall submit to Congress a report—

(1)

identifying the activities being undertaken by the Environmental Protection Agency to increase the efficiency of the preconstruction permitting process;

(2)

identifying the specific reasons for delays in issuing—

(A)

preconstruction permits required under part C of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7470 et seq.) beyond the one-year statutory deadline mandated by section 165(c) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7475(c)); or

(B)

preconstruction permits required under part D of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7501 et seq.) beyond the one-year period beginning on the date on which the permit application is determined to be complete;

(3)

describing how the Agency is resolving delays in making completeness determinations for preconstruction permit applications;

(4)

describing how the Agency is resolving processing delays for preconstruction permits, including any increases in communication with State and local permitting authorities; and

(5)

summarizing and responding to public comments concerning the report received under subsection (b).

(b)

Public comment

Before submitting each report required by subsection (a), the Administrator shall publish a draft report on the Website of the Environmental Protection Agency and provide the public with a period of at least 30 days to submit comments on the draft report.

(c)

Sources of information

Nothing in this section compels the Environmental Protection Agency to seek or collect any information in addition to the information that is voluntarily provided by States and local air agencies for the RACT/BACT/LAER Clearinghouse database.

5.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Administrator

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

(2)

Best available control technology

The term best available control technology has the meaning given to that term in section 169(3) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7479(3)).

(3)

Lowest achievable emissions rate

The term lowest achievable emissions rate has the meaning given to that term in section 171(3) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7501(3)).

(4)

Major emitting facility; major stationary source

The terms major emitting facility and major stationary source have the meaning given to those terms in section 302(j) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7602(j)).

(5)

National ambient air quality standard

The term national ambient air quality standard means a national ambient air quality standard for an air pollutant under section 109 of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7409) that is finalized on or after the date of enactment of this Act.

(6)

Preconstruction permit

The term preconstruction permit

(A)

means a permit that is required under part C or D of title I of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7470 et seq.) for the construction or modification of a major emitting facility or major stationary source; and

(B)

includes any such permit issued by the Environmental Protection Agency or a State, local, or tribal permitting authority.

(7)

RACT/BACT/LAER Clearinghouse database

The term RACT/BACT/LAER Clearinghouse database means the central database of air pollution technology information that is posted on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Website.

Passed the House of Representatives November 20, 2014.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk