H. R. 843
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 29, 2019
Mr. Gibbs (for himself, Mr. Chabot, and Mr. Rouzer) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify when the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to prohibit the specification of a defined area, or deny or restrict the use of a defined area for specification, as a disposal site under section 404 of such Act, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Reforming EPA Permitting Authority Act or the
Reform EPA Act.
Permits for dredged or fill material
Section 404(c) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1344(c)) is amended—
(c) and inserting
in paragraph (1), as so designated, by inserting
during the period described in paragraph (2) and before
after notice and opportunity for public hearings; and
by adding at the end the following:
The period during which the Administrator may prohibit the specification (including the withdrawal of specification) of any defined area as a disposal site, or deny or restrict the use of any defined area for specification (including the withdrawal of specification) as a disposal site, under paragraph (1) shall—
begin on the date that the Secretary provides notice to the Administrator that the Secretary has completed all procedures for processing an application for a permit under this section relating to the specification and is ready to determine, in accordance with the record and applicable regulations, whether the permit should be issued; and
end on the date that the Secretary issues the permit.
The Secretary shall ensure that the period described in subparagraph (A) consists of not fewer than 30 consecutive days.
The Secretary may issue a permit under this section only after the Secretary provides notice to the Administrator in accordance with this paragraph.
The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to a permit application submitted under section 404(a) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1344(a)) after the date of enactment of this Act.