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H.R. 4007 (116th): FRESHER Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 25, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 4007


July 25, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Aguilar, Ms. Barragán, Mr. Beyer, Ms. Bonamici, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Connolly, Ms. DeGette, Ms. DelBene, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Higgins of New York, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Khanna, Ms. Kuster of New Hampshire, Mr. Langevin, Ms. Lee of California, Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Lynch, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Ms. McCollum, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Meng, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Neguse, Ms. Norton, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Raskin, Mr. Sarbanes, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Soto, Ms. Speier, Mr. Takano, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. Welch, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Yarmuth, Ms. Omar, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mr. DeSaulnier, Mr. Morelle, and Mr. Scott of Virginia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study with respect to stormwater runoff from oil and gas operations, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydrofracking Environmental Regulation Act of 2019 or the FRESHER Act of 2019.


Stormwater runoff from oil, gas, and mining operations


Limitation on permit requirement

Section 402(l) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1342) is amended by striking paragraph (2) and redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (2).



Section 502 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1362) is amended—


by striking paragraph (24); and


by redesignating paragraphs (25) through (27) as paragraphs (24) through (26), respectively.




In general

The Secretary of the Interior shall conduct a study of stormwater impacts with respect to any area that the Secretary determines may be contaminated by stormwater runoff associated with oil or gas operations, which shall include—


an analysis of measurable contamination in such area;


an analysis of ground water resources in such area; and


an analysis of the susceptibility of aquifers in such area to contamination from stormwater runoff associated with such operations.



Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the results of studies conducted under paragraph (1).