Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 2824 - Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America

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March 4, 2014 11:57 AM

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Cartwright (PA), Van Hollen (MD), Lowenthal (CA)


Ensures that states maintain the ability to issue their own stream buffer rules.

Connolly (VA)


REVISED Inserts a findings section noting the recent court ruling which vacated the rule regarding excess spoil, coal mine waste, and buffers for perennial and intermittent streams referenced in the bill. Adds a limitation stating that if the rule ceases to have legal force, the provisions of this bill shall not take effect. NOTE for Rules staff: Revised text from Leg Counsel will be filed when it is received.

Hastings, Doc (WA)


MANAGER'S Updates the legislation to reflect recent litigation.

Holt (NJ)


Allows for a stream protection rule in order to safeguard the health of communities in the vicinity of mountaintop removal coal mining projects.

Lowenthal (CA)


Requires States to implement the June 30, 1983 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement stream buffer zone rule, unless a State has a program with greater stream protection

Yarmuth (KY), Slaughter (NY)


LATE Blocks the implementation of the bill until the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the heads of such other Federal departments and agencies as the Secretary deems appropriate, conducts a study and certifies that surface mining does not pose a public health threat.