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house Bill H.R. 1203

Should the EPA be Stopped from Retroactively Revoking Mining Permits?

Argument in favor

The EPA's current regulatory process threatens to choke the growth of an industry that has seen enormous job and profit loss over the last decade.

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09/15/2016
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) argued in his press release supporting this bill's companion in the Senate that the bill would protect business projects from being impacted by the EPA’s political goals: “EPA has clearly taken liberties with its authority during the permitting process for important job creating projects, and I am very concerned the trend will continue. Reintroducing this legislation is crucial to protecting the rights of American businesses and preventing a disincentive to investing in America.”
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04/17/2015
Government agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA need to work together, and quickly, to make sound permitting decisions. Agencies "vetoing" each others decisions is a prime example of why people detest federal bureaucracy.
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02/14/2016
Since when did we elect the EPA to have any voting powers isn't this the responsibility of congress. The bill should read should congress has been allowed to negate their responsibilities that they have been elected to do but instead they engage in government waste and give away their authority which is nether constitutional or representing the voters
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Argument opposed

Environmental assessments are not static. The EPA should have the flexibility to restrict or revoke permits that could endanger the surrounding environment.

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12/27/2015
I like drinking water and breathing air, thank you!!!! I'm not giving that up so some investor can have a "warm fuzzy" about some construction project he bet on.
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12/08/2015
EPA needs to have authority to complete its objectives of keeping the environment safe. Both from the private sector and other government agencies.
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07/15/2015
BLOCK NESTLE!!! They want to own all the water in the west. Please stop them congress. Vote NO!
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What is House Bill H.R. 1203?

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.

Impact

Mining companies that need permits; local communities around dumping sites; EPA regulators; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other related agencies.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1203

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) argued in his press release supporting this bill's companion in the Senate that the bill would protect business projects from being impacted by the EPA’s political goals:

“EPA has clearly taken liberties with its authority during the permitting process for important job creating projects, and I am very concerned the trend will continue. Reintroducing this legislation is crucial to protecting the rights of American businesses and preventing a disincentive to investing in America.”

Opponents of the the bill argue that it is overly-restrictive and prevents the EPA from stopping potential safety hazards from becoming a reality. Additionally, the clause to undo past EPA decisions leaves the agency toothless to keep further dumping at bay.

Of Note: This isn’t the first time a bill like this has been introduced. In 2011, the EPA used its power to close the Spruce No. 1 coal mine in West Virginia. In response, the House introduced a bill to curtail the EPA’s power to retroactively reject permits.

In 2014, the EPA considered revoking the permit for a gold and copper mine in Alaska that would have impacted the nearby bay. In response, Rep. Vitter introduced a bill identical to this one.

Media:

Summary by: Chris Conrad

(Photo Credit: Flickr user beyondcoalandgas)

Official Title

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify that the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to disapprove a permit after it has been issued by the Secretary of the Army under section 404 of such Act.

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      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Water Resources and Environment
    IntroducedMarch 2nd, 2015
    I like drinking water and breathing air, thank you!!!! I'm not giving that up so some investor can have a "warm fuzzy" about some construction project he bet on.
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    Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) argued in his press release supporting this bill's companion in the Senate that the bill would protect business projects from being impacted by the EPA’s political goals: “EPA has clearly taken liberties with its authority during the permitting process for important job creating projects, and I am very concerned the trend will continue. Reintroducing this legislation is crucial to protecting the rights of American businesses and preventing a disincentive to investing in America.”
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    EPA needs to have authority to complete its objectives of keeping the environment safe. Both from the private sector and other government agencies.
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    Government agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA need to work together, and quickly, to make sound permitting decisions. Agencies "vetoing" each others decisions is a prime example of why people detest federal bureaucracy.
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    Do away with the EPA.
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    Since when did we elect the EPA to have any voting powers isn't this the responsibility of congress. The bill should read should congress has been allowed to negate their responsibilities that they have been elected to do but instead they engage in government waste and give away their authority which is nether constitutional or representing the voters
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    BLOCK NESTLE!!! They want to own all the water in the west. Please stop them congress. Vote NO!
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    The EPA should be eliminated! The states should be the ones to say what goes in their territories.
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    Yes
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    As long as the EPA has sufficient time to review intentions prior to the army core of engineers giving the permit, I don't see what the big deal is.
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    The EPA should be abolished!
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    As a taxpayer I do not want to pay for Pollution, Industry wastes dumps and releasing more climate warming pollutants. Let's put our resources to reliable sustainable resources and leave more resources in the ground
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    I'm tired of congress trying to gut any environmental guards set up to protect this country. I'm ready to require congress people wear their corporate sponsors names on their clothing so we can see what company is pressing for less safeguards on their greed.
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    I don't find there to be a valid reason why the Army Corps of Engineers shouldn't be allowed to be issued permits to do what they've bee doing for decades.
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    The EPA is too close to the UN's Agenda 21. The army core of engineers are more responsible and should have the final say. The EPA should be advisory only.
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    Time to have all projects driven by environmental concerns. Our world can only take so much before it collapses. The world is not only the domain of corporations but humans as well.
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    Yes an abolish EPA while you are at it
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    Another entity that needs to be scrapped and put in trash E P A
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    Again, the army corps of engineers are builders, not environmental experts. They screwed up the Everglades and now we are paying billions to reverse the mess they made 50 years ago.
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    I can not stand the EPA
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