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Amendments to H.R. 7023 – Creating Confidence in Clean Water Permitting Act

Standalone amendments receive up to 10 minutes of debate

Bergman (R-MI) – Amendment No. 1 – Clarifies that no part of the act affects the existing ban on oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes.– ADOPTED BY VOICE

Garamendi (D-CA) – Amendment No. 2 – Inserts Rep. Garamendi’s bipartisan H.R.1181 to allow USEPA and states with delegated authority under the Clean Water Act to issue National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for public works (e.g., wastewater treatment or water recycling/reuse plants owned/operated by local governments) for up to 10 years from the current maximum of 5-year permit terms. This amendment would not affect Clean Water Act permitting for non-publicly owned projects like industrial polluters, which have 5-year NPDES permit terms under current law. – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Houlahan (D-PA) – Amendment No. 3 – Requires a report from EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers on the staffing needs for processing and issuing permits under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the impact additional funding for full-time employees would have on processing timelines for permits. – ADOPTED BY VOICE

James (R-MI) – Amendment No. 4 – Ensures nothing in this act, including amendments, should affect the EPA’s ability to research PFAS chemicals. – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Moolenaar (R-MI) – Amendment No. 5 – Prohibits permits from being issued for any discharge from a source that is owned or operated by companies – or the subsidiaries of said companies – that are under the jurisdiction of China, Iran, North Korea, or Russia. ADOPTED BY VOICE

Rose (R-TN) – Amendment No. 6 – Requires a report from the Environmental Protection Agency to Congress on the number of additional homes expected to be built in the U.S. during the 10 year period following enactment of H.R. 7023 as a result of the implementation of H.R. 7023– WILL NOT BE OFFERED

Bean (R-FL) – Amendment No. 7 – Codifies Florida’s Clean Water Act Section 404 Program and the Programmatic Biological Opinion with Incidental Take Statement, as referenced in 85 Federal Register 83,553 (December 22, 2020). – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Graves (R-LA) – Amendment No. 8 – Limits the authorization for certain linear infrastructure projects if federal expenses turn out to exceed their predicted cost. – VOTE REQUESTED