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H.R. 2059 (115th): BREATHE Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 6, 2017 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 2059


April 6, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Beyer, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Capuano, Ms. Judy Chu of California, Ms. Clark of Massachusetts, Mr. Connolly, Ms. DeGette, Mr. Ellison, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Huffman, Mr. Keating, Mr. Langevin, Ms. Lee, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Lowenthal, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Ms. McCollum, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Meng, Mrs. Napolitano, Ms. Norton, Mr. Perlmutter, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Cartwright, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Sarbanes, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Soto, Ms. Speier, Mr. Takano, Mr. Tonko, Ms. Tsongas, and Ms. Maxine Waters of California) 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.