Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 5078 - Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014

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Listed in Alphabetical Order

September 8, 2014 1:47 PM

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Bishop, Tim (NY)


Provisions of the bill do not apply if it is determined implementation is likely to have an adverse impact on water quality.

Bishop, Tim (NY)


Preserves the federal-state relationship in protecting water quality by allowing states to adopt and implement their own standards for protecting State waters provided they are at least as protective as the proposed rule.

Bishop, Tim (NY)


Provides policy provisions that the Secretary and Administrator are prohibited from including in a final rule.

DeFazio (OR)


Requires the Secretary of the Army and the Administrator of the EPA to withdraw both the proposed and interpretive rules published in April 2014, and to instead develop and issue for public comment a revised proposed rule to define Waters of the United States after consultation with States, local governments and stakeholders.

DeFazio (OR)


Relieves Federal agencies of the responsibility to implement the provisions of H.R. 5078 if doing so would be detrimental to hunting, fishing, or shellfish growing.

Edwards (MD)


Limits the bill under a finding by the EPA Administrator that such provisions would increase the occurrence of algal blooms (including red tide) or hypoxic zones (commonly known as “dead zones”).

McKinley (WV)


Requires that recommendations for a regulatory proposal would include requirements to ensure that property owners are provided notice prior to any inspection being carried out.

Moran, James (VA), Edwards (MD), Van Hollen (MD), Connolly (VA), Cartwright (PA), Scott, Bobby (VA), Sarbanes (MD)


Exempt the streams, rivers and source waters of the Chesapeake Bay from section 2 of this act.

Murphy, Patrick (FL)


LATE Allows the proposed rule to stand if the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers in consultation with the Department of Commerce determine that not taking such action would increase the probability of harmful algal blooms or other conditions that could negatively impact human health or marine life.

Ribble (WI), Schrader (OR), Collins, Chris (NY), Peterson (MN)


WITHDRAWN Clarifies that all soil and water conservation activities fall under the Clean Water Act Section 404(f)(1) exemption for normal farming, ranching, and silviculture activities. Further clarifies that no soil and water conservation practices will be treated as new uses of areas of navigable waters, impairments of the flow of navigable waters, or reductions in the reach of those waters, clarifying that the recapture provisions in Section 404(f)(2) of the Clean Water Act do not apply to soil and water conservation. Clarifies that the statutory exemption for normal farming, ranching, and silviculture activities applies to all such activities and is not limited to activities that began prior to 1977, when section 404(f) was enacted.