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14_H4854 on Jun 12, 2014

Bill Sponsorship: Regulatory Certainty Act
Source: H.R.4854
Congressional bill text:

A BILL to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify when the Administrator of the EPA has the authority to prohibit or restrict the specification of a defined area as a disposal site

  • in paragraph (c)(1), by adding at the end the following:
  • '(2)(A) The period during which the Administrator may prohibit the specification of any defined area as a disposal site, shall--
  • '(i) begin on the date that the Secretary provides notice 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 whether the permit should be issued; and
  • '(ii) end on the date that the Secretary issues the permit.
  • '(B) The Secretary shall ensure that the period described in subparagraph (A) consists of not fewer than 30 consecutive days.

Argument in opposition: (by Trout Unlimited, tu.org, July 15, 2014)

Trout Unlimited and anglers across America strongly oppose the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's ill-conceived markup of HR 4854, because the bill would prevent the EPA from protecting the world class fisheries of Bristol Bay, Alaska.

The poorly conceived bill has had no legislative hearings. The oversight hearing will have no Alaskan witnesses from Bristol Bay, the people most adversely affected by this bill.

The Bristol Bay region of Alaska is threatened by one of the most potentially damaging mines ever proposed. EPA has moved forward with a science-based, inclusive, transparent process, which, if implemented, should protect headwaters of an area that sees an annual run of 40 million salmon. The Bristol Bay fishery is worth in excess of $1.5 billion per year.

The committee plans to give Pebble Limited Partnership, [the mine owners], a gift-wrapped present, HR 4854, rewarding its many failures to produce a viable mining plan.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: Society bears cost of pollution Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Limit EPA oversight to allow mining over fishing (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: Authored bill limiting EPA oversight on mining vs. fishing (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Limit EPA oversight to allow mining over fishing (Answer: D)
  • Headline 2: Authored bill limiting EPA oversight on mining vs. fishing (Answer: D)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
    • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
    • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
    • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
    • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
    • E: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 14_H4854

Nick Rahall s1sWest Virginia DemocratJun 12, 2014



Republicans participating in 14_H4854

Lou Barletta s1sPennsylvania RepublicanJul 16, 2014
Larry Bucshon s1sIndiana RepublicanJun 12, 2014
Shelley Moore Capito s1sWest Virginia Republican (Senate run 2014)Jun 12, 2014
Tom Cotton s1sAR Republican Senate challengerJul 11, 2014
Kevin Cramer s1sNorth Dakota RepublicanJun 12, 2014
Rodney Davis s1sIllinois RepublicanJul 15, 2014
Bob Gibbs s2pOhio Republican 
Paul Gosar s1sArizona RepublicanJul 11, 2014
Tim Huelskamp s1sKansas RepublicanJun 12, 2014
David Jolly s1sFL Republican Senate ChallengerJul 11, 2014
Walter Beaman Jones s1sNorth Carolina RepublicanJun 12, 2014
Cynthia Lummis s1sWyoming RepublicanJun 12, 2014
Tom Marino s1sPennsylvania RepublicanJun 12, 2014
Thomas Massie s1sKentucky RepublicanJun 12, 2014
David McKinley s1sWest Virginia RepublicanJun 12, 2014
Scott Perry s1sPennsylvania RepublicanJun 12, 2014
Reid Ribble s1sWisconsin RepublicanJun 12, 2014
Todd Rokita s1sIndiana RepublicanJul 11, 2014
Steve Southerland s1sFlorida RepublicanJun 12, 2014



Independents participating in 14_H4854



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 1
Republicans: 19
Independents: 0


















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