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H.R. 3844: Farmer Fairness Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 18, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3844

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 18, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Pocan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to require all persons exercising substantial operational control over a concentrated animal feeding operation to jointly obtain a permit for certain discharges, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Farmer Fairness Act.

2.

Concentrated animal feeding operation discharges

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

(t)

Concentrated animal feeding operation discharges

(1)

In general

For the purposes of applying the requirements of this section to a discharge from a concentrated animal feeding operation, the Administrator shall require all persons exercising substantial operational control over the concentrated animal feeding operation to jointly obtain a permit under this section for the discharge.

(2)

Substantial operational control

For purposes of this subsection, a person exercises substantial operational control over a concentrated animal feeding operation if the person—

(A)

has an ownership interest in the livestock, land, or other capital of the concentrated animal feeding operation;

(B)

exercises any control over the activities, operation (including specifying how the livestock of the concentrated animal feeding operation is fed, grown, or medicated), or management (including waste management practices) of a concentrated animal feeding operation; or

(C)

meets any other criteria that the Administrator determines appropriate.

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