Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 3043 - Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017

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Listed in Alphabetical Order

November 6, 2017 4:51 PM

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Babin (TX)


LATE REVISED Allows FERC to examine the licenses of any project located in an area that was declared by the President to be a disaster area in 2017.

Dingell (MI)


Preserves states’ and tribal rights to have sufficient time to obtain all necessary information to support their decisions on hydropower projects that impact water quality and water management within their boundaries in accordance with Federal, state, and tribal laws.

Garamendi (CA), LaMalfa (CA)


LATE Requires FERC to conduct a supplemental environmental review for a project that meets certain criteria.

Jenkins, Evan (WV)


LATE Ensures that when hydro projects have an existing Memorandum of Understanding for non-federal hydropower with FERC that all relevant federal agencies are authorized to fully study and review the potential expansion of non-federal hydropower, including a review of seasonal pool levels and slowing flood releases.

LaMalfa (CA)


LATE Ensures that local communities and governments have a greater say in the dam removal/modification process initiated and approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Specifically, this amendment would amend section 6 of the Federal Power Act to include specific provisions such as: impacts to local government revenue, impacts to general employment, impacts to water supply/availability, impacts to energy reliability, and impacts to energy prices within the region(s) serviced by the operator of such dam(s), that the licensee must consider prior to the application’s submission.

LaMalfa (CA)


LATE Prohibits FERC from approving the surrender of a hydropower license unless Congress has passed legislation approving the surrender.

LaMalfa (CA)


LATE Prohibits FERC from approving an application to surrender a hydroelectric license unless the Secretaries of Energy and the Interior have submitted letters finding that surrender of the license will not result in any negative impacts to energy supply or reliability, or negative impacts to the environment.

Pallone (NJ)


Adds a new definition to the bill of a completed application and makes conforming changes to the bill to incorporate the new definition.

Pocan (WI), Grothman (WI)


Requires the U.S. Department of Interior consider the threat of invasive species when it makes decisions on hydropower licensing.

Ruiz (CA)


Provides Indian tribes with authority to determine the conditions that may be applied to a hydropower license after the Secretary of the Interior determines the Indian tribe has demonstrated: (1) financial stability and management capability, and (2) the ability to plan, conduct, and administer all activities that would be otherwise be administered by the Secretary on their behalf.

Rush (IL)


SUBSTITUTE REVISED Adds a new section to the Federal Power Act (FPA) to improve the hydropower licensing process. It directs the Commission and the Federal resource agencies to convene a negotiated rulemaking within 90 days of enactment with state and local government representatives, Indian tribes, and stakeholders to develop a process that will coordinate all necessary Federal authorizations and enable the Commission to make a final decision on a license not later than 3 years of receiving a completed license application.

Sarbanes (MD)


Exempts actions taken by states and Indian tribes pursuant to their delegated authorities under the Clean Water Act from the provisions of the bill.