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11-H2997 on Sep 21, 2011

Bill Sponsorship: Superfund Common Sense Act
Source: H2997/S1729
Congressional Summary:Amends the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) to exclude manure from the definition of "hazardous substance" and "pollutant or contaminant" for purposes of such Act. Defines "manure" to mean:
  1. digestive emissions, feces, urine, urea and other excrement from livestock;
  2. any associated bedding, compost, raw materials or other materials commingled with such excrement from livestock;
  3. any process water associated with such items; and
  4. any byproducts, constituents, or substances contained in, or originating from, such items or any emissions relating to such items.
Amends the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 to exempt from notification requirements releases associated with manure.

Opponent's Comments (Jim Ruen on AgProfessional.com, Oct. 3, 2011): Since when can a fertilizer dealer operate without concern for environmental regulation and impact? Let's face it, we aren't talking about Ma and Pa Kettle with their six milk cows and three sows here spreading a load of manure on the back 40. We are talking about CAFO units with thousands of animals and tens of thousands or more tons/gallons of manure. While a few maybe spreading on their own land, most are selling it to area farmers. At a time when fertilizer dealers and companies have to be conspicuously careful with how they handle product, why shouldn't mega-livestock operators be equally regulated as they sell their "waste" product for its nutrient and soil building value. Since when do commercial N, P and K producers or handlers get a free ride from the EPA...or Congress?

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: Human needs over animal rights Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Sponsored ending considering manure as pollutant or hazardous (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Stop considering manure as pollutant or hazardous (Score: 1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Sponsored ending considering manure as pollutant or hazardous (Answer: B)
  • Headline 2: Stop considering manure as pollutant or hazardous (Answer: B)
  • 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 11-H2997

Russ Carnahan s2oMissouri Democrat 
Ralph Moody Hall s2oTexas Democrat 
Collin Peterson s2oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Mike Ross s2oArkansas Democratic Governor Challenger 

Republicans participating in 11-H2997

Todd Akin s2oMissouri Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Rodney Alexander s2oLouisiana Republican 
Mark Amodei s2oNevada Republican 
Lou Barletta s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Dan Benishek s2oMichigan Republican 
Rick Berg s2oND Republican Challenger 
Brian Bilbray s2oCalifornia Republican 
Diane Black s2oTennessee Republican 
Marsha Blackburn s2oTennessee Republican 
Roy Blunt s1pMissouri Republican (until 2010) 
Mo Brooks s2oAlabama Republican 
Larry Bucshon s2oIndiana Republican 
Ann Marie Buerkle s2oNew York Republican 
Dan Burton s2oIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Quico Canseco s2oTexas Republican 
John Carter s2oTexas Republican 
Saxby Chambliss s2oGA Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Mike Coffman s2oColorado Republican 
Tom Cole s2oOklahoma Republican 
Michael Crapo s2oID Republican Sr Senator 
Jeff Denham s2oCalifornia Republican 
Mario Diaz-Balart s2oFlorida Republican 
Jeff Duncan s2oSouth Carolina Republican 
Jimmy Duncan s2oTennessee Republican 
Renee Ellmers s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Jo Ann Emerson s2oMissouri Republican (Resigned 2013) 
Blake Farenthold s2oTexas Republican 
Stephen Fincher s2oTennessee Republican 
Chuck Fleischmann s2oTennessee Republican 
Bill Flores s2oTexas Republican 
Jeff Fortenberry s2oNebraska Republican 
Trent Franks s2oArizona Republican 
Cory Gardner s2oColorado Republican 
Bob Gibbs s2oOhio Republican 
Louie Gohmert s2oTexas Republican 
Paul Gosar s2oArizona Republican 
Tom Graves s2oGeorgia Republican 
Tim Griffin s2oArkansas Republican 
Brett Guthrie s2oKentucky Republican 
Richard Hanna s2oNew York Republican 
Andy Harris s2oMaryland Republican 
Vicky Hartzler s2oMissouri Republican 
Joe Heck s2oNevada Republican 
Wally Herger s2oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Bill Huizenga s2oMichigan Republican 
Randy Hultgren s2oIllinois Republican 
Johnny Isakson s2oGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Lynn Jenkins s2oKansas Republican 
Bill Johnson s2oOhio Republican 
Sam Johnson s2oTexas Republican 
Walter Beaman Jones s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Jim Jordan s2oOhio Republican 
Mike Kelly s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Steve King s2oIowa Republican 
Jack Kingston s2oGA Republican Challenger 
Adam Kinzinger s2oIllinois Republican 
John Kline s2oMinnesota Republican 
Jeff Landry s2oLouisiana Republican 
James Lankford s2oOklahoma Republican 
Tom Latham s2oIowa Republican 
Billy Long s1pMissouri Republican 
Frank Dean Lucas s2oOklahoma Republican 
Blaine Luetkemeyer s2oMissouri Republican 
Richard Lugar s2oIN Republican Sr Senator 
Cynthia Lummis s2oWyoming Republican 
Dan Lungren s2oCalifornia Republican 
Donald Manzullo s2oIllinois Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Tom Marino s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Michael McCaul s2oTexas Republican 
Thad McCotter s2oMichigan Republican 
Patrick Meehan s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Candice Miller s2oMichigan Republican 
Jeff Miller s2oFlorida Republican 
Jerry Moran s2oKansas Republican (until 2010) 
Mick Mulvaney s2oSouth Carolina Republican 
Kristi Noem s2oSouth Dakota Republican 
Rich Nugent s2oFlorida Republican 
Alan Nunnelee s2oMississippi Republican 
Steven Palazzo s2oMississippi Republican 
Ron Paul s2oPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
Mike Pence s2oIN Republican Governor 
Joseph Pitts s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Todd Platts s2oPennsylvania Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Mike Pompeo s2oKansas Republican 
Tom Price s2oGeorgia Republican 
Ben Quayle s2oArizona Republican (lost 2012 primary) 
Jim Risch s2oID Former Republican Governor (2006-2007); U.S. Senator 
Hal Rogers s2oKentucky Republican 
Dana Rohrabacher s2oCalifornia Republican 
Todd Rokita s2oIndiana Republican 
Bobby Schilling s2oIllinois Republican challenger 2014 
Jean Schmidt s2oOhio Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Austin Scott s2oGeorgia Republican 
James Sensenbrenner s2oWisconsin Republican 
Bill Shuster s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Adrian Smith s2oNebraska Republican 
Steve Southerland s2oFlorida Republican 
Lee Terry s2oNebraska Republican 
Glenn Thompson s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Bob Turner s2oNew York Former Republican 
Tim Walberg s2oMichigan Republican 
Greg Walden s2oOregon Republican 
Joe Walsh s2oIllinois Republican 
Allen West s2oFlorida Republican 
Lynn Westmoreland s2oGeorgia Republican 
Joe Wilson s2oSouth Carolina Republican 
Robert Wittman s2oVirginia Republican 
Steve Womack s2oArkansas Republican 
Kevin Yoder s2oKansas Republican 
Bill Young s2oFlorida Republican 
Don Young s2oAlaska Republican 
Todd Young s2oIndiana Republican 

Independents participating in 11-H2997

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Democrats: 4
Republicans: 112
Independents: 0

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