This bill changes the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to regulate whether or not mining companies can dispose of waste in bodies of water. In simpler terms, once a permit is issued, the EPA can’t get rid of it and all past cases of the EPA doing so are nullified.
Specifically, the bill does 4 things:
Removes the EPA’s power to restrict or revoke a permit for dumping waste materials after the permit is issued to a company by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE);
Requires the EPA to make all information involved in making its decision to restrict or revoke a permit publicly available;
Prevents the EPA from redefining designated waste sites;
Nullifies any past decisions the EPA made that occurred after a permit was issued.