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senate Bill S. 234

Does The EPA Have Too Much Power To Revoke Mining Permits?

Argument in favor

This bill protects U.S. businesses from the EPA's politicized regulatory process. Reining in that power is crucial to protecting business rights and preventing a disincentive for investing in the U.S.

ThomasParker's Opinion
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06/10/2015
The EPA should not exist, let alone carry the ability to grant or seize lucrative enterprise opportunities. Allowing government to pick winners and losers leads to corruption and overreach. This is even more serious due to the fact that these raw materials are essential, yet finite resources.
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04/09/2015
The EPA has become too radical and partisan, congress should revoke any regulating, rule making , or fine imposing power they have and return it to congress as intended by our founders.
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Darlene's Opinion
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02/14/2015
The EPA is another agency which needs to be dismantled. Let the states take care of their own business. Each state was intended by our Constitution to be a sovereign state.
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Argument opposed

Environmental assessments are not static, and the EPA needs to have the power to revoke a permit when it is being abused or causing serious environmental impacts.

Braille's Opinion
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06/24/2015
Because the mining industry hasn't ever had a problem with the way it operates right? How about we just stop mining and move to clean energy sources. And let's stop cracking while we are at it too
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Eric's Opinion
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06/18/2015
Who puts these idiotic bills on here? Corporate $$$$. The EPA IS THE ONLY REASON WHY WE DONT all have cancer.
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Ronald's Opinion
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06/20/2015
Based on mining industry track record I don't think the eps has enough power
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What is Senate Bill S. 234?

This bill would limit the regulatory role of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when reviewing Clean Water Act permits.

These permits allow mining companies to dump dredge and/or fill material into bodies of water, as long as they do not seriously degrade the nation’s waters and/or there is a real alternative to discharging mine materials that has minimal impact. 

Under current law, the EPA can retroactively revoke permits (known as Section 404 permits) that are applied for by mining companies and initially granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This bill would prohibit preemptive and retroactive vetoing of Corps-approved permits. 

Impact

Communities and water quality near planned and existing mining projects, related industries, the EPA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 234

A CBO cost is unavailable.

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Of Note:

For context, the EPA has used its vetoing authority a total of 13 times since 1972. 

Renewed interest in the Regulatory Fairness Act from the bill's sponsors has been stirred by a proposed project — Pebble Mine in Alaska — for extracting gold and copper. As explained in the Huffington Post:
"The [EPA] released a report in January that found that the mine, which would be built at the headwaters of two rivers that feed into the Bristol Bay, would have a significant impact on the bay, local fisheries and wildlife, and Alaska Native communities in the area. In February, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced that the agency was beginning the process of determining whether to block the mine under its section 404(c) authority, in order to "ensure that the world's most productive salmon fishery is safe from the risks it faces from what could be one of the largest mines on Earth. This is only the beginning of the process, which will likely take a year, and it doesn't mean that the EPA will ultimately block the Pebble project."

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AKA

Regulatory Fairness Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to confirm the scope of the authority of the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to deny or restrict the use of defined areas as disposal sites.

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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Environment and Public Works
    IntroducedJanuary 22nd, 2015
    The EPA should not exist, let alone carry the ability to grant or seize lucrative enterprise opportunities. Allowing government to pick winners and losers leads to corruption and overreach. This is even more serious due to the fact that these raw materials are essential, yet finite resources.
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    Because the mining industry hasn't ever had a problem with the way it operates right? How about we just stop mining and move to clean energy sources. And let's stop cracking while we are at it too
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    Who puts these idiotic bills on here? Corporate $$$$. The EPA IS THE ONLY REASON WHY WE DONT all have cancer.
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    Based on mining industry track record I don't think the eps has enough power
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    The EPA has become too radical and partisan, congress should revoke any regulating, rule making , or fine imposing power they have and return it to congress as intended by our founders.
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    Our environment is vital to be a successful nation, the EPA needs more regulatory power than it is already given
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    The EPA has become a government agency of the extreme environmental left to implement policies in order to re-distribute income of the working people.
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    The EPA is another agency which needs to be dismantled. Let the states take care of their own business. Each state was intended by our Constitution to be a sovereign state.
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    THE WHOLE BLASTED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS TOO MUCH POWER AND SPENDS WAY TOO MUCH OF THE TAXPAYERS' HARD-EARNED MONEY ON RESTRICTING THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS AND CODDLING LAWBREAKERS LIKE OBAMA, HILLARY, THE REST OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, BLM, SANCTUARY CITIES, ILLEGAL ALIENS, AND MOST OF CONGRESS! I REALLY THINK ANYONE WANTING A GOVERNMENT JOB OUGHT TO HAVE TO PASS AN COMPREHENSIVE EXAM ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! (Sorry for "yelling," but I'm angry about the fact that too many people in the federal government just pay lip service to the Constitution! God save our Republic!)
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    All government has too much power, especially the federal government.
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    The EPA basically never uses veto power, why is this bill even here?
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    Abolish the epa!
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    I believe that the EPA is overreaching its authority and needs to back off for the sake of keeping them from putting people out of work.
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    Right. The EPA has TOO much power. Corporations are just fizzling away because of the regulations...
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    Abolish the EPA. It is far too powerful.
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    The EPA has grown to powerful under the current administration. We need to start checking its authority.
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    The EPA has no checks and balances and has way too much power as it is. There's a difference between protecting our environment and getting your hands involved in every part of American businesses in the name of the environment.
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    Tired of the elites telling everyone what they can and cannot do
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    Revoke the EPA!
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    Unelected individuals with pretty much total job security no matter what they do, what can go wrong with that.
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