Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 3409 - Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act

Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors

Benishek (MI)


Would require the Committee for the Cumulative Analysis of Regulations that Impact Energy and Manufacturing in the United States to include the health effects associated with regulatory costs in its assessment.

Benishek (MI)


WITHDRAWN Would require the Administrator of the EPA to work with all relevant stakeholders and subject matter experts to implement a standardization of testing to detect accurately and consistently any increase or reduction in waterborne pathogenic microorganisms, toxic chemicals, or toxic metals.

Berg (ND), Flake, Jeff (AZ), Gosar (AZ), Lankford (OK)


Would give power to the states to revoke any existing federal implementation plan (FIP) with regard to the regulation of visibility. In revoking the FIP, the state must propose a state implementation plan (SIP) to regulate visibility within 2 years. This amendment also gives the states a minimum of five years to become compliant with federal standards if they choose to accept the FIP, allowing businesses time to plan for the changes.

Blumenauer (OR)


SUBSTITUTE LATE Would strike the text of H.R. 3409 and replaces it with H.R. 3307, bipartisan legislation that will extend the Production Tax Credit until January 1, 2017.

Boswell (IA)


SUBSTITUTE Would insert the text of the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012.

Boswell (IA)


LATE Would extend the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit through the end of 2016.

Bucshon (IN)


Would require that the Secretary, or any other Federal official proposing a rule under this Act, shall publish with each rule proposed under this Act each, scientific study the Secretary or other official, respectively, relied on in developing the rule. This amendment will ensure that rules being issued are based on scientific study.

Connolly (VA)


SUBSTITUTE Would insert the text of S. 1789, the "21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012."

Connolly (VA)


LATE Would provide protection from illness and death that may result from H.R. 3409.

DeFazio (OR)


Would require EPA and the Department of Transportation to submit a report to Congress within 6 months on the health, environmental, and public health impacts of fugitive coal dust.

DeFazio (OR)


Would clarify that nothing in Title I of the bill would preempt other federal departments or state and local agencies from enforcing rules to protect the environment, public health, and public safety from the impacts of mining and transporting coal.

Deutch (FL)


Would block the provisions of the Act until the National Cancer Institute determines that the Act will not result in an increased cancer risk for vulnerable populations.

Gosar (AZ)


Would add language to the end of the “Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012” which would limit the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to issue regulations on the Navajo Generating Station, located near Page, Arizona. The Navajo Generating Station, one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the United States, is unique because it is located on tribal land (Navajo Nation), is nearly 25 percent owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and portions of the revenues from its sales are allocated towards federal legal obligations to Native American tribes as authorized by certain Native American water rights law. Additionally, the plant’s power is used to deliver more than 500 billion gallons of Colorado River water, via the federally authorized Central Arizona Project, to a service area that includes more than 80% of the state’s population.

Harris (MD)


Would reinforce the transparency and sound science requirements in the bill. Specifically, it would require EPA to make data and modeling inputs available to the public, and would require Regulatory Impact Analysis to undergo external peer review according to the agency's own peer review guidelines.

Holt (NJ)


Would ensure that underlying bill does not prohibit the Secretary of Interior from issuing regulations that are necessary to protect public health, protect the safety of workers, or to ensure a proper return to American taxpayers.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Would strike section 503 of the committee print. The existing deadlines in subsections (m) and (q) of section 404 of the Clean Water Act would remain unchanged.

Kelly (PA)


REVISED Would require the Secretary of Transportation to submit a report to Congress estimating the number of jobs, the fatalities and injuries, and the cost to the economy caused by the"2017 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards" rule. Would require that the Secretary shall not consult with the EPA or the California Air Resources Board to complete the report.

Levin, Sander (MI)


SUBSTITUTE LATE Would strike and replace the text of the act in consideration with the “Middle Class Tax Cut Act.”

Markey, Edward (MA)


Would create a national renewable electricity and energy efficiency standard.

Markey, Edward (MA)


Would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to take any action using its authority under the Clean Air Act if such action would increase North American energy independence by reducing demand for oil.

Markey, Edward (MA)


Would allow the Secretary of Interior to promulgate rules under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, if such rule would reduce the prevalence of pulmonary diseases, lung cancer, cardiovascular disease or reduce the prevalence of birth defects or reproductive problems in pregnant women or children.

McKinley (WV)


LATE Would prohibit the EPA from retroactively vetoing a Section 404 Permit under the Clean Water Act, just as Mr. McKinley's bill H.R. 457 would do.

McKinley (WV)


LATE Would require that all “major rules”, having an annual affect on the economy of $100 million or more, covered under the legislation be required to have a vote by Congress before the covered action is allowed to proceed.

McKinley (WV)


LATE Would add a new section of findings to the bill relating to EPA greenhouse gas regulations and a price on carbon. Would also add a Sense of Congress rejecting legislation enacting and prompting greenhouse gas regulations and a price on carbon.

Moore, Gwen (WI)


LATE Would add S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Act, at the end of H.R. 3409.

Tonko (NY)


Would prohibit the Secretary from awarding a lease to a bidder on coal leases if the bidder does not disclose information about the campaign and SuperPac contributions the bidder made to influence an election for federal office during the 5-year period preceding the submission of the bid to the Secretary.

Waxman (CA)


Would strike the language that would repeal EPA’s scientific finding that carbon pollution endangers the public health and welfare.