The Environmental Protection Agency is tasked with administering some of our nations most essential environmental laws including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Water Drinking Act, and a variety of statutes to protect humans from dangerous chemicals such as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

Clean air, water, and an environment are issues that everyone supports. These laws protect people from pollution related health problems and, according to the EPA, have been a good economic investment for the country. However, these bedrock environmental laws are constantly at risk of being weakened by members of Congress who are not acting in the interest of their constituents’ health and welfare.

Since January 2021, Congress has already introduced at least 21 attacks on the Clean Air Act, and 12 attacks on the Clean Water Act

Top Clean Air Enemies                                Top Clean Water Enemies

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) – 10 bills                                                                                   Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) – 2 bills
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) – 6 bills                                                                                       Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH-7) – 2 bills
Sen. Shelley Capito (R-WV) – 5 bills

Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA-10) – 8 bills
Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9) – 4 bills
Rep. Micheal Burgess (R-TX-26) – 4 bills

Legislative Attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency

Date IntroducedSponsorSessionBill #Title of LegislationWhat it Does to the Clean Air ActProvision Signed Into Law?Law Affected
9/22/2021Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT]117thS. 2803Transportation Empowerment ActExempts metropolitan planning organizations from a variety of compliance obligations under the Clean Air Act: Allows metropolitan planning organizations to give approval to projects that do not comply with federal Clean Air Act state implementation plans; allows such organizations to bypass getting transportation plans approved under the Clean Air Act; strikes provision requiring metropolitan planning organizations from coordinating.Currently being consideredCAA
9/15/2021Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC]117thS. 2736RPM Act of 2021Creates a carve-out in anti-tampering provisions of the Clean Air Act for racecars requiring them to be emission compliant. The bill allows the removal or installation of high performance parts that skirt tailpipe emissions.Currently being consideredCAA
8/23/2021Rep. Graves, Sam [R-MO-06]117thH.R. 3341STARTER Act 2.0Creates carve-outs in the Clean Air Act for making conformity determinations for projects in non-attainment areas, project with purported minor effect, and projects in areas with lower levels of air pollution – this conformity determination is done at the sole discretion of the Secretary of Transportation.Currently being consideredCAA
8/10/2021Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA]117thS.Amdt.3115S.Amdt.3115 to S.Con.Res.14Prohibits or limits the use of the Clean Air Act to impose any regulation on methane or the requirement of common Clean Air Act permits for farmers, thereby attempting to limit any new methane standards nationwide.Agreed by Yea-Nay Vote: 66-33CAA
8/10/2021Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND]117thS. Amdt. 3250 to S.Con.Res. 14Point of Order Against Expanding the Definition of Waters of the United States Under the Federal Water Pollution Control ActAttempts to limit an expansion of wetlands protection and references the now defunct Trump-era wetlands rule that severely limited the definition of wetlands.NoCWA
8/10/2021Sen. Sasse, Ben [R-NE]117thS. Amdt. 3683 to S.Con.Res. 14Deficit-Neutral Reserve Fund Relating to the Definition of “Waters of the United States”.Attempts to limit an expansion of wetlands protection and references the now defunct Trump-era wetlands rule that severely limited the definition of wetlands.NoCWA
8/10/2021Sen. Sasse, Ben [R-NE]117thS. Amdt. 3684 to S.Con.Res. 14Deficit-Neutral Reserve Fund Relating to the Definition of “Waters of the United States”.Attempts to limit an expansion of wetlands protection and references the now defunct Trump-era wetlands rule that severely limited the definition of wetlands.NoCWA
7/29/2021Sen. Capito, Shelley [R-WV]117thS. 2567Navigable Waters Protection Act of 2021Seeks to weaken the statutory definition of Waters of United States by codifying the Trump administration rule that severely narrowed the CWA’s jurisdiction over wetlands allowing destruction on nonadjacent and seasonal wetlands with no consideration of thier significant connection to a permenant body of water.Currently being consideredCWA
7/28/2021Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]117thS. 2517Defense of Environment and Property ActThe Act severely weakens or outright destroys several bedrock provisions of the CWA in relation to Waters of the United States: Strikes the statutory definition of Waters of the United States and replaces them with a severely weakened version that only includes permanent and navigable-in-fact waters whil excluding most wetlands; Weakens the EPA’s jurisdiction over private property and gives private property owners expedited judicial review; More importantly, the act prohibits the “significant nexus test” in determining WOTUS, which has been specifically noted by both the Supreme Court and EPA as an acceptable test. Hinders the agency’s ability to inspect for violations and requires any “regulatory taking” to pay double to the property holder. Currently being consideredCWA
7/20/2021Rep. Miller, Mary [R-IL-15]117thH.R. 4570Define WOTUS Act of 2021Narrows the definition of navigable waters beyond even the Trump administration rule listing 12 specific exclusions and a discretionary exclusion that could potentially exclude any traditional navigable water.Currently being consideredCWA
7/20/2021Sen. Jim Inhofe [R-OK]117thS. 2393Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands ActSince fracking is currently not included under the underground injection control program under the Safe Water Drinking Act, this act seeks to bypass health and safety standards by allowing fracking on both private and federal land to be regulated by the states with little regard to protection of the health and safety of citizens.Currently being consideredSWDA
7/14/2021Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE]117thS. 2339Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice ActExtends Reid vapor pressure requirement waiver for E10 gasoline to gasoline blended with more than 10% ethanolCurrently being consideredCAA
6/24/2021Rep. McKinley, David [WV-01]117thH.R. 4153Clean Energy Future Through Innovation Act of 2021While creating incentivizing carve-outs for facilities to modify and prevent pollution while avoiding new source review, the program removes EPA enforcement of emission limitations on carbon dioxide emissions for fossil fuel fired combustion units that serve as electricity for sale.Currently being consideredCAA
6/22/2021Sen. Braun, Mike [R-IN]117thS. 2168Define WOTUS Act of 2021Narrows the definition of navigable waters beyond even the Trump administration rule listing 12 specific exclusions and a discretionary exclusion that could potentially exclude any traditional navigable water.Currently being consideredCWA
6/11/2021Rep. Cheney, Liz [WY- At Large]117thH.R. 3814UNSHACKLE ActRepeals Section 309 of the Clean Air Act, which requires the EPA to review all draft environmental impact statements required under NEPA.Currently being consideredCAA
5/24/2021Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE]117thS. 1840A bill to establish certain requirements for the small refineries exemption of the renewable fuels provisions under the Clean Air Act, and for other purposes.Exempts small refineries from renewable fuel output requirements, while also limiting publicly disclosed information on small refineries.Currently being consideredCAA
5/20/2021Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY]117thS. 1761Water Quality Certification Improvement Act of 2021Limits the EPA’s authority under the Clean Water Act to consider varied water pollution considerations when rejecting construction projects like oil pipelines.Currently being consideredCWA
5/20/2021Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1]117thH.R. 3422Water Quality Certification Improvement Act of 2021Limits the EPA’s authority under the Clean Water Act to consider varied water pollution considerations when rejecting construction projects like oil pipelines.Currently being consideredCWA
5/17/2021Rep. McHenry, Patrick [R-NC-10]117thH.R. 3281RPM Act of 2019Excludes motor vehicles used only for competitions (i.e. racecars) from CAA provisions that prohibit the removal of any device designed to bring vehicles into compliance with regulation.Currently being consideredCAA
5/7/2021Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-1]117thH.R. 3039MARKET CHOICE ActPlaces a moratorium until 2035 on greenhouse gas regulations, specifically exempting fossil fuels from certain CAA requirements after they have been taxed.Currently being consideredCAA
4/29/2021Sen. Thune, John [R-SD]117thS. 1475Livestock Regulatory Protection Act of 2021Prohibits Title V Clean Air Act Permits to be issued for any pollutant emissions arising from livestock production, thus removing important emission regulation for an entire source of pollution.Currently being consideredCAA
4/22/2021Sen. Inhofe, Jim [R-OK]117thS. 1326Domestic Manufacturing Act of 2021Prohibits the EPA from issuing any greenhouse gas emission rules or targets under the Paris AgreementCurrently being consideredCAA
4/20/2021Sen. Sullivan, Dan  [R-AK]117thS. 1254Rebuild America Now ActExcludes new construction projects from review under the Clean Air ActCurrently being consideredCAA
4/20/2021Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5]117thH.R. 2660WATER ActSignificantly weakens the definition of “Waters of the United States” by attempting to codify by statute the harmful and inadequate definition of WOTUS defined by the 2020 Trump Administration rule, which excludes certain wetlands, vernal pulls, territorial seas, and nonadjacent waters from the CWA jurisdiction.Currently being consideredCWA
3/11/2021Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT]117thS. 717UNSHACKLE ActRepeals Section 309 of the Clean Air Act, which requires the EPA to review all draft environmental impact statements required under NEPA.Currently being consideredCAA
3/11/2021Rep. Scalise, Steve [LA-01]117thH.R. 1855Promoting New Manufacturing ActGives the EPA 180 days to create implementation regulations for state in light of national ambient air quality standards revisions; if the EPA does not create standards, preconstruction permits need not comply with a bedrock Clean Air Act regulation.Currently being consideredCAA
3/11/2021Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7]117thH.R. 1821H.R. 1821RURAL ActAllows for unpermitted discharge of registered pesticides into navigable waters.Currently being consideredCWA
3/11/2021Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7]117thH.R. 1820Revoking EPA’s Tyrannical Ruling Over Approved Commercial Tasks Involving No Violations of Environmental Policy ActRemove’s the EPA’s timing and discretion to consider the unacceptable adverse effects of disposal sites of water supplies, shellfish beds, and fishery areas.Currently being consideredCWA
3/10/2021Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]117thS. 667Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2021Prohibits EPA from regulating biomass fuel for vehicles under the Clean Air Act; weakens the definition of biofuels, prioritizing fossil fuels; automobile manufacturers who comply with fuel efficiency and fuel choice enabling standards set by this act are exempt from sec. 202 greenhouse gas requirements.Currently being consideredCAA
3/9/2021Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-10]117thH.R. 1705Energy Sovereignty ActRepeals the requirement that states must revise implementation plans to prevent or eliminate air pollution endangering public health or welfare in other countries when directed to do so by the Environmental Protection Agency.Currently being consideredCAA
3/8/2021Rep. Johnson, Dusty [R-SD-At Large]117thH.R. 1637A bill to approve certain advanced biofuel registrations, to require the consideration of certain advanced biofuel pathways, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and for other purposes. Removes approval of new biofuel registrations from the EPA, deeming them approved so long as 1 state has approved the sale and use.Currently being consideredCAA
2/4/2021Sen. Thune, John [R-SD]117thS. 218A bill to approve certain advanced biofuel registrations, to require the consideration of certain advanced biofuel pathways, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and for other purposes.Currently being consideredCAA
1/11/2021Rep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9]117thH.R. 245New Source Review Permitting Improvement ActWeakens the definition of “modification” which would trigger New Source Review of grandfathered emitting facilities. A substantial change would only be considered a modification if the emissions are higher than the maximum hourly rate achieved by the source at any time in a 10-year period.Currently being consideredCAA
1/5/2021Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26]117thH.R. 190 LEVEL ActCurrently, a renewable fuel provision of the CAA requires a minimum volume of renewable fuel, such as ethanol, that must be contained in gas sold in the U.S. This “renewable fuel standard” increases annually until 2022 when a minimum of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel must be blended. This bill would seek to reduce that to 7.5 billion gallons each year and eliminate a separate volume requirement that distinguishes between renewable fuels.Currently being consideredCAA
12/28/2020Rep. McKinley, David [WV-01]116thH.R. 4153Clean Energy Future Through Innovation Act of 2020While creating incentivizing carve-outs for facilities to modify and prevent pollution while avoiding new source review, the program removes EPA enforcement of emission limitations on carbon dioxide emissions for fossil fuel fired combustion units that serve as electricity for sale.NoCAA
10/26/2020Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT]116thS. 717UNSHACKLE Act of 2020Repeals Section 309 of the Clean Air Act, which requires the EPA to review all draft environmental impact statements required under NEPA.NoCAA
6/18/2020Rep. Graves, Sam [R-MO-06]116thH.R. 7248STARTER ActCreates carve-outs in the Clean Air Act for making conformity determinations for projects in non-attainment areas, project with purported minor effect, and projects in areas with lower levels of air pollution – this conformity determination is done at the sole discretion of the Secretary of Transportation.NoCAA
6/17/2020Sen. Thune, John [R-SD]116thS. 218A bill to approve certain advanced biofuel registrations, to require the consideration of certain advanced biofuel pathways, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and for other purposes.Removes approval of new biofuel registrations from the EPA, deeming them approved so long as 1 state has approved the sale and use.NoCAA
12/16/2019Rep. McHenry, Patrick [R-NC-10]116thH.R. 5434RPM Act of 2019Creates a carve-out in anti-tampering provisions of the Clean Air Act for racecars requiring them to be emission compliant. The bill allows the removal or installation of high performance parts that skirt tailpipe emissions.NoCAA
10/22/2019Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY]116thS. 2662Growing American Innovation Now ActWeakens definitions essential to regulating emissions under the Clean Air Act.NoCAA
10/16/2019Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17]116thH.R. 469021st Century Transportation Fuels ActEliminates the mandate in the CAA to blend specific volumes of renewable fuel into fuel supply and replaces this standard with a higher octane fuel standard, prioritizing the viability of liquid fuels.NoCAA
10/16/2019Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC]116thS. 2602RPM Act of 2019Excludes motor vehicles used only for competitions (i.e. racecars) from CAA provisions that prohibit the removal of any device designed to bring vehicles into compliance with regulation.NoCAA
9/26/2019Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-1]116thH.R. 4520Modernizing America with Rebuilding to Kickstart the Economy of the Twenty-first Century with a Historic Infrastructure-Centered Expansion ActImposes a moratorium on finalizing and enforcing certain Clean Air Act regulations on greenhouse gas emissionsNoCAA
9/18/2019Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13]116thH.R. 4385Small Refinery Exemption Fairness Act of 2019Exempts small refineries from renewable fuel requirements.NoCAA
8/1/2019Sen. Sullivan, Dan  [R-AK]116thS. 2426A bill to establish a new timeline for certain State implementation plan and attainment requirements for the Fairbanks North Star Borough of the State of Alaska, and for other purposes.Amends Clean Air Act attainment deadlines for certain areas of the state of Alaska.NoCAA
7/25/2019Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA]116thS. 2298RESTORE ActEliminates the corn ethanol mandate for renewable fuel.NoCAA
7/25/2019Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND]116thS. 2263CO2 Regulatory Certainty ActDirects EPA to develop regulations for temporary storage of carbon dioxide.NoCAA
7/25/2019Rep. Rooney, Francis [R-FL-19]116thH.R. 4058SWAP ActImposes a moratorium on all Clean Air Act regulations that limit greenhouse gas emissions.NoCAA
7/11/2019Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]116thS. 2104A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to exclude energy efficiency projects, pollution control projects, and reliability projects from the definition of a modification.Creates additional exceptions from New Source Review, allowing for increased production on construction on emitting facilities without requiring regulation.NoCAA
7/11/2019Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]116thS. 2105A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to clarify when a physical change in, or change in the method of operation of, a stationary source constitutes a modification, and for other purposes.Weakens the definition of “modification” under New Source ReviewNoCAA
6/25/2019Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT]116thS. 1973A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program under which the Administrator shall defer the designation of an area as a nonattainment area for purposes of the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard if the area achieves and maintains certain standards under a voluntary early action compact plan, and for other purposes.Removes EPA’s power to designate an area as a nonattainment area if certain voluntary measures have taken place.NoCAA
6/21/2019Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4]116thH.R. 3410To amend the renewable fuel program under the Clean Air Act to account for small refinery exemptions, and for other purposes.Weakens national renewable fuel standards by requiring exempt small refineries from contributing to the overall accounting.NoCAA
6/21/2019Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4]116thH.R. 3411To amend the renewable fuel program under the Clean Air Act to account for small refinery exemptions in past calendar years, and for other purposes.Weakens overall renewable fuel standard by requiring already exempted small refineries to be considered as contributing to the overall quantity despite not requiring additional compliance measures from these refineries.NoCAA
6/21/2019Rep. Rooney, Francis [R-FL-19]116thH.R. 3427Eliminating the RFS and Its Destructive Outcomes ActRepeals the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program, which requires transportation fuel to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuel.NoCAA
6/13/2019Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE]116thS. 1840A bill to establish certain requirements for the small refineries exemption of the renewable fuels provisions under the Clean Air Act, and for other purposes.Exempts small refineries from renewable fuel output requirements, while also limiting publicly disclosed information on small refineries.NoCAA
6/5/2019Sen. Sullivan, Dan  [R-AK]116thS. 1753Take Care ActRemoves termination protections for employees of the Chemical Safety Board by eliminating all for-cause protections and instating at-will removal powers.NoCAA
5/16/2019Sen. Sullivan, Dan  [R-AK]116thS. 1518Rebuild America Now ActExcludes new construction projects from review under the Clean Air ActNoCAA
3/7/2019Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-4]116thH.R. 1584Energy Sovereignty ActRepeals the requirement that states must revise implementation plans to prevent or eliminate air pollution endangering public health or welfare in other countries when directed to do so by the Environmental Protection Agency.NoCAA
2/27/2019Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-15]116thH.R. 1391Methane Rule Relief Act of 2019Exempts certain oil and natural gas wells from an EPA rule regulating oil and natural gas emissions.NoCAA
2/21/2019Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]116thS.581Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2019NoCAA
2/14/2019Rep. Schweikert, David [R-AZ-6]116thH.R. 1284Crowd Sourcing of Environmental Data Act of 2019Allows states flexibility to increase number of air quality sensors ; prohibits EPA from enforcing a certain method of monitoring (unless state acting  in bad faith) ; requires EPA to allow states to base determinations of success in meeting standards on data gathered from their chosen method of monitoringNoCAA
2/14/2019Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7]116thH.R. 1281Stop EPA Overregulation of Rural Americans ActNullifies an EPA rule regulating residential wood heaters, hydronic heaters and forced-air furnaces.NoCAA
1/3/2019Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26]116thH.R. 104LEVEL ActReduces volume of renewable fuel in gasoline to 7.5 bn gallons for 2017-2022; locks in this volume for every year after 2022;  prohibits EPA from allowing trade of gasoline above 10% ethanol that wasn’t already approved under renewable fuel program. Also revokes requirement that EPA ensure renewable fuels emit less CO2 than conventional gasoline and removes distinction between various types of biofuels.NoCAA
1/3/2019Rep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9]116thH.R. 172New Source Review Permitting Improvement Act of 2018Weakens definitions essential to regulating emissions under the Clean Air Act.NoCAA
12/17/2018Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]115thS. 3761Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2018NoCAA
7/18/2018Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-4]115thH. Amdt. 923To prohibit the EPA from using funds to give formal notification under, or prepare, propose, implement, administer, or enforce any rule or recommendation pursuant to section 115 of the Clean Air Act.CAANoCAA
7/18/2018Rep. Loudermilk, Barry [R-GA-11]115thH. Amdt. 912To prohibit funds from being used to regulate trailers under the Clean Air Act.CAANoCAA
6/28/2018Rep. Rice, Tom [R-SC-7]115thH.R. 6291Efficient Drug Disposal Act of 2018NoCAA
6/19/2018Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42]115thH.R. 6147Interior, Environment, Financial Services and General Government, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2019CAANoCAA
5/10/2018Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ]115thS. 2825ADAAPT ActLoosens definition of rural transport areas (of ozone nonattainment) to allow metropolitan areas to be included at discretion of EPA Admin ; allows states to substitute best available ozone control tech for lowest achievable emission rate in certain nonattainment areas ; exempts revisions/plans for certain nonattainment areas from some requirements for approval by AdminNoCAA
4/26/2018Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]115thS. 2761A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to clarify when a physical change in, or change in the method of operation of, a stationary source constitutes a modification, and for other purposes.Defines an increase in pollutant emissions resulting from a change to a power plant as relative to the rate under the ORIGINAL DESIGN of the plant, not just the recent emissions rates of the plant. NoCAA
4/26/2018Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]115thS. 2760A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to exclude energy efficiency projects, pollution control projects, and reliability projects from the definition of a modification.Excludes energy efficiency projects, pollution control projects, and reliability projects from definition of ‘modification’ to a plant — but definition of efficiency project allows for some increase in pollutants besides CO2 (as long as below permitted rate); and definitions of pollen control and reliability projects does not mandate actual abatement of pollen and actual reliability improvements…seems that only intent matters. NoCAA
3/5/2018Rep. Westerman, Bruce [R-AR-4]115thH.R. 5170FLIP ActPromotes development of offshore drilling in public waters through OCS Pilot ProgramNoCAA
2/27/2018Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS]115thS. 2461Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns Act of 2018Allow for judicial review of any new NESHAP standards for brick and structural clay manufacturingNoCAA
2/8/2018Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-4]115thH.R. 4994Energy Sovereignty ActRepeals section 115 of CAA, which requires EPA and states to account for effects of pollution on foreign countriesNoCAA
1/10/2018Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6]115thH.R. 4760Securing America’s Future Act of 2018Steps up border enforcement/militarization and exempts these activities from CAANoCAA
12/5/2017Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]115thS. 2192SECURE Act of 2017Steps up border enforcement/militarization and exempts these activities from CAANoCAA
11/9/2017Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5]115thH.R. 4364RFG Modernization Act of 2017Allows EPA Admin to waive reformulated gasoline requirements for states if price of gasoline too highNoCAA
10/4/2017Rep. Schweikert, David [R-AZ-6]115thH.R. 3959Crowd Sourcing of Environmental Data Act of 2017Allows states flexibility to increase number of air quality sensors ; prohibits EPA from enforcing a certain method of monitoring (unless state acting in bad faith) ; requires EPA to allow states to base determinations of success in meeting standards on data gathered from their chosen method of monitoringNoCAA
9/26/2017Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV]115thS. 1857A bill to establish a compliance deadline of May 15, 2023, for Step 2 emissions standards for new residential wood heaters, new residential hydronic heaters, and forced-air furnaces.Extends by 3 years the compliance deadline (under 80 Fed. Reg. 13672) for manufacturers, owners, and operators of new residential wood heatersNoCAA
9/8/2017Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8]115thH.Amdt. 367An amendment numbered 72 printed in House Report 115-297 to restrict federal agencies from using funds to pay legal fees under any lawsuit settlement regarding a case that arises under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.Amends House Appropriations bill to prohibit federal agencies from using funds to pay legal fees for any settlement arising under CAA, CWA, & ESANoCAA
9/7/2017Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-4]115thH.Amdt. 359An amendment numbered 59 printed in House Report 115-297 to prohibit funds from being used to give formal notification under, or prepare, propose, implement, administer, or enforce any rule or recommendation pursuant to, section 115 of the Clean Air Act.Amends House appropriations bill to prohibit rulemaking or enforcement under sec. 115 of CAA (international air pollution)NoCAA
8/3/2017Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK]115thS. 1756Rebuild America Now ActDirects EPA to “seek to issue permit decisions favorably” under permitting laws including CAA ; appears to exclude new construction projects from review under CAA ; limitations on certain federal assistance under CAANoCAA
8/3/2017Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]115thS. 1757Building America’s Trust ActSteps up border enforcement/militarization and exempts these activities from CAANoCAA
7/28/2017Rep. Carter, Earl L. “Buddy” [R-GA-1]115thH.R. 3570Transportation and Trailer Modernization Act of 2017Excludes trailers and other unpowered vehicles from regulation under CAANoCAA
7/28/2017Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10]115thH.R. 3548Border Security for America Act of 2017Steps up border enforcement/militarization and exempts these activities from CAANoCAA
7/21/2017Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42]115thH.R. 3354Interior and Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Commerce, Justice, Science, Financial Services and General Government, Homeland Security, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, State and Foreign Operations, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Legislative Branch, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2018House appropriations bill – prohibits use of funds to regulate GHG emissions from livestock production ; sets lengthy deadlines (2024 and later) for state implementation of NAAQS for ozone ; prohibits use of funds to enforce Sec. 115 of CAA (international air pollution)NoCAA
7/13/2017Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]115thS. 1551Economic Freedom Zones Act of 2017Creates Economic Freedom Zones (areas of high poverty) that are exempt from part D of CAA (nonattainment plans)NoCAA
6/29/2017Rep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9]115thH.R. 3128To amend section 111 of the Clean Air Act to clarify when a physical change in, or change in the method of operation of, a stationary source constitutes a modification, and for other purposes.Defines an increase in pollutant emissions resulting from a change to a power plant as relative to the rate under the ORIGINAL DESIGN of the plant, not just the recent emissions rates of the plant. NoCAA
6/29/2017Rep. Jenkins, Evan H. [R-WV-3]115thH.R. 3117Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act of 2017Prohibits EPA from using social cost of carbon in any CBA, imposes discount rates, excludes global impactsNoCAA
6/29/2017Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK]115thS. 1512Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act of 2017Prohibits EPA from using social cost of carbon in any CBA, imposes discount rates, excludes global impactsNoCAA
6/29/2017Rep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9]115thH.R. 3127To amend section 111 of the Clean Air Act to exclude energy efficiency projects, pollution control projects, and reliability projects from the definition of a modification.Excludes energy efficiency projects, pollution control projects, and reliability projects from definition of ‘modification’ to a plant — but definition of efficiency project allows for some increase in pollutants besides CO2 (as long as below permitted rate); and definitions of poll’n control and reliability projects does not mandate actual abatement of poll’n and actual reliability improvements…seems that only intent matters. NoCAA
5/23/2017Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT]115thS. 1203A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program under which the Administrator shall defer the designation of an area as a nonattainment area for purposes of the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard if the area achieves and maintains certain standards under a voluntary early action compact plan.Provides for deferment of ‘nonattainment’ designation for ozone NAAQS if state submits an ‘early action compact plan,’ which is voluntary and has less teethNoCAA
5/16/2017Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12]115thH.R. 2438Fighting Against Imbalanced Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017Prohibits Admin from enforcing CO2 emission standards unless EPA can show that enough other countries (accounting for 80% of global, non-US emissions) are enforcing standards at least as stringent as CAA rules NoCAA
4/5/2017Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS]115thS. 839Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns Act of 2017Allow for judicial review of any new NESHAP standards for brick and structural clay manufacturingNoCAA
4/5/2017Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6]115thH.R. 1917Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns Act of 2017Allow for judicial review of any new NESHAP standards for brick and structural clay manufacturingNoCAA
4/4/2017Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1]115thH.R. 1891Safe Agriculture Production Act of 2017Amends Plant Protection Act to allow for limited use of methyl bromide as pesticide (depletes ozone)NoCAA
3/20/2017Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39]115thH.R. 1625Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018Prohibits regulation of GHG emissions from livestock production or manure management, requires EPA/DOE/UDSA to acknowledge carbon neutrality of forest biomass, limits applicability of Supplemental Guidelines for High Carbon Intensity Projects of Export-Import BankBecame Public Law No: 115-141.CAA
3/13/2017Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8]115thH.R. 1525Stop Taxpayer Funded Settlements ActProhibits federal officials from using federal funds for legal fees in settlements under CAA, CWA, and ESANoCAA
3/13/2017Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT]115thS.J.Res. 38A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Approval, Disapproval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of Air Quality Implementation Plans and Federal Implementation Plan; Utah; Revisions to Regional Haze State Implementation Plan; Federal Implementation Plan for Regional Haze”.Disapproves July 2016 EPA rule partially approving and partially disapproving Utah SIP revision for regional haze program and promulgating a FIP for regional hazeNoCAA
3/10/2017Rep. Chaffetz, Jason [R-UT-3]115thH.J.Res. 87Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Approval, Disapproval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of Air Quality Implementation Plans and Federal Implementation Plan; Utah; Revisions to Regional Haze State Implementation Plan; Federal Implementation Plan for Regional Haze”.Disapproves July 2016 EPA rule partially approving and partially disapproving Utah SIP revision for regional haze program and promulgating a FIP for regional hazeNoCAA
3/2/2017Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK]115thS.J.Res. 28A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency relating to accidental release prevention requirements of risk management programs under the Clean Air Act.Disapproves of EPA rule to strengthen accidental release prevention requirementsNoCAA
3/2/2017Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6]115thH.R. 1315RFS Reform Act of 2017Prohibits use of corn-based ethanol in renewable fuel ; decreases applicable volumes of renewable fuel in gasoline for 2017-2022 ; requires EPA to base future biofuel levels on actual production levels during current year ; in event of shortage of cellulosic biofuel, requires EPA to reduce applicable volume of ALL renewable fuels by volume of C.B.F. shortage (!) ; prohibits commerce in gasoline with more than 15% ethanolNoCAA
3/2/2017Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE]115thS. 517Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice ActExtends Reid vapor pressure requirement waiver for E10 gasoline to gasoline blended with more than 10% ethanolNoCAA
3/2/2017Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3]115thH.R. 1311Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice ActExtends Reid vapor pressure requirement waiver for E10 gasoline to gasoline blended with more than 10% ethanolNoCAA
3/2/2017Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6]115thH.R. 1314Renewable Fuel Standard Elimination ActRepeals EPA renewable fuel standard programNoCAA
3/2/2017Rep. Schweikert, David [R-AZ-6]115thH.R. 1355Crowd Sourcing of Environmental Data Act of 2017Allows states flexibility to increase number of air quality sensors ; prohibits EPA from enforcing a certain method of monitoring (unless state acting in bad faith) ; requires EPA to allow states to base determinations of success in meeting standards on data gathered from their chosen method of monitoringNoCAA
2/27/2017Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ]115thS. 454Commonsense Legislative Exceptional Events Reforms Act of 2017Allows ‘exceptional event’ in air quality monitoring to include meteorological events, also requires EPA Admin to ‘accord substantial deference’ to state findings on exceptional eventNoCAA
2/27/2017Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ]115thS. 452ORDEAL Act of 2017Lengthens intervals of NAAQS review/revision from 5 to 10 yrs ; eliminates EPA authority to revise ozone standards earlier/more often than mandated ; delays EPA enforcement of NAAQS for ozone until 2025 and requires new rulemaking then ; also delays scientific review of NAAQS & air quality criteria until 2025 and increases review cycle from 5 to 10 yrs.NoCAA
2/16/2017Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12]115thH.R. 1119SENSE ActAllows coal refuse-fired power plants to choose to comply with either SO2 or HCl limitationsNoCAA
2/7/2017Rep. Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3]115thH.R. 958Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act of 2017Eliminates all EPA grant programs ; prohibits new ozone standards ; prohibits regulation of greenhouse gases ; prohibits climate research ; closes the national clean diesel campaign and EPA env. justice programs ; eliminates regional offices ; requires EPA to give up any underutilized space ; the earth is flat ; up is downNoCAA
2/7/2017Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK]115thS. 334Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands ActPlaces authority to regulate fracking exclusively in state handsNoCAA
2/7/2017Rep. Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1]115thH.R. 928Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands ActPlaces authority to regulate fracking exclusively in state handsNoCAA
2/3/2017Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA]115thS.J.Res. 21A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS.Nullifies Oct. 2016 EPA Cross-State Air Pollution Rule UpdateNoCAA
2/1/2017Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV]115thS. 263Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017Delays implementation of ozone NAAQS from 2015 (state designations by 10/2024, EPA designation of attainment/nonattainment by 10/25, and SIPs by 10/26) ; changes review cycle for NAAQS from 5 to 10 yrs ; appears to exempt ‘extreme’ areas from contingency measures (unclear – see section (e)) ; allows for consideration of economic feasibility in SIPs ; allows Admin to approve SIPs for Extreme Areas that rely on not-yet-developed future technologiesNoCAA
2/1/2017Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22]115thH.R. 806Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017Delays implementation of ozone NAAQS from 2015 (state designations by 10/2024, EPA designation of attainment/nonattainment by 10/25, and SIPs by 10/26) ; changes review cycle for NAAQS from 5 to 10 yrs ; exempts ‘extreme’ areas from contingency measures in nonattainment plans ; allows for consideration of economic feasibility in SIPs ; allows Admin to approve SIPs for Extreme Areas that rely on not-yet-developed future technologies ; redefines ‘exceptional events’ to include stagnant air masses ; requires EPA to consider foreign emissions & atmospheric ozone in rules/guidelines for implementation of 2015 NAAQS ; gives more freedom for states to get exemptions from attainment of standardsNoCAA
2/1/2017Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2]115thH.J.Res. 59Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act”.Disapproves of EPA rule to strengthen accidental release prevention requirementsNoCAA
1/31/2017Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5]115thH.R. 777To provide for a comprehensive assessment of the scientific and technical research on the implications of the use of mid-level ethanol blends, and for other purposes.Directs EPA Office of Research and Development to conduct study of effects of mid-level ethanol blendsNoCAA
1/24/2017Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC]115thS. 203RPM Act of 2017Excludes motor vehicles used only for competition (i.e. racecars) from CAANoCAA
1/24/2017Rep. Palmer, Gary J. [R-AL-6]115thH.R. 637Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017Removes GHGs from scope of CAA ; prohibits regulation of climate change under CAA, CWA, NEPA, ESA, or SWDA ; prohibits any EPA rule, on any topic, that has an expected negative impact on employment NoCAA
1/11/2017Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7]115thH.R. 453Relief from New Source Performance Standards Act of 2017Extends by 3 years the compliance deadline (under 80 Fed. Reg. 13672) for manufacturers, owners, and operators of new residential wood heatersNoCAA
1/6/2017Rep. McHenry, Patrick T. [R-NC-10]115thH.R. 350RPM Act of 2017Excludes motor vehicles used only for competition (i.e. racecars) from CAANoCAA
1/6/2017Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-4]115thH.J.Res. 22Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources”.Disapproves June 2016 EPA updates to new source performance standards (NSPS) and new standards for GHGs and VOCs for oil and gas sectorsNoCAA
1/4/2017Rep. Cook, Paul [R-CA-8]115thH.R. 244Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017FINAL appropriations bill – prohibits regulation of GHG emissions from livestock production or manure management systems ; Sec. 428 requires EPA to promote biomass as an ‘energy solution,’ treat it as carbon neutral, and encourage private investment thereinBecame Public Law No: 115-31.CAA
1/3/2017Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26]115thH.R. 119LEVEL ActReduces volume of renewable fuel in gasoline to 7.5 bn gallons for 2017-2022; locks in this volume for every year after 2022; prohibits EPA from allowing trade of gasoline above 10% ethanol that wasn’t already approved under renewable fuel program. Also revokes requirement that EPA ensure renewable fuels emit less CO2 than conventional gasoline and removes distinction between various types of biofuels.NoCAA
12/6/2016Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK]114thS. 3508Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act of 2016Same as H.R. 5668 – Prohibits EPA from using social cost of carbon or methane in any cost-benefit analysis (similar to S. 1512 from 2017-18 but less comprehensive)NoCAA
7/13/2016Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14]114thH.Amdt. 1378Amendment prohibits the use of funds by EPA in contravention of the Clean Air Act provision requiring EPA to evaluate the impact of its actions with respect to jobs in America.Amends appropriations to prohibit use of funds for any EPA action without studying potential employment impacts (under sec. 321(a) of CAA)NoCAA
7/13/2016Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-4]114thH.Amdt. 1347 At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC. __. None of the funds made available by this Act shall be used to give formal notification under, or prepare, propose, implement, administer, or enforce any rule or recommendation pursuant to, section 115 of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7415).Amends appropriations to prohibit use of funds to enforce sec. 115 of CAA (international air poll’n) (see H. Amdt. 359 from 2017-18NoCAA
7/13/2016Rep. Pompeo, Mike [R-KS-4]114thH.Amdt. 1348 At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC. __. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the proposed rule entitled “Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act” published by the Environmental Protection Agency in the Federal Register on March 14, 2016 (81 Fed. Reg. 13638 et seq.).Amends appropriations to prohibit use of funds to implement EPA rule (03/14/2016) on risk management programs for accidental release preventionNoCAA
7/13/2016Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8]114thH.Amdt. 1353Amendment prohibits the use of funds to pay legal fees under any lawsuit settlement regarding a case that arises under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.Amends appropriations to prohibit use of funds to pay legal fees for any settlement arising under CAA, ESA, or CWA (similar to H.Amdt. 367 from 2017-18)NoCAA
7/13/2016Rep. Loudermilk, Barry [R-GA-11]114thH.Amdt. 1334 At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC.__. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the proposed rule entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium-and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles-Phase 2” published by the Environmental Protection Agency in the Federal Register on July 13, 2015 (80 Fed. Reg. 40138 et seq.), with respect to trailers.Amends appropriations to prohibit use of funds to regulate trailers under CAANoCAA
7/13/2016Rep. Jenkins, Evan H. [R-WV-3]114thH.Amdt. 1328 At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC.___. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the Environmental Protection Agency to develop, finalize, promulgate, implement, administer, or enforce any rule under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7412) that applies to glass manufacturers that do not use continuous furnaces.Amends appropriations to exempt glass manufacturers that do not use continuous furnaces from regulation under sec. 112 of CAANoCAA
7/13/2016Sen. Heitkamp, Heidi [D-ND]114thS. 3179Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage ActExpands and increases tax credits for carbon sequestration, but only requires capture of 25,000 tons CO2 per 500,000 emitted, and allows captured CO2 to be used for tertiary injection — sketchy technology + moral hazard to keep burning FFsNoCAA
7/7/2016Rep. Jenkins, Evan H. [R-WV-3]114thH.R. 5668Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act of 2016Prohibits EPA from using social cost of carbon or methane in any cost-benefit analysis (similar to H.R. 5668 from 2017-18 but less comprehensive)NoCAA
6/21/2016Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42]114thH.R. 5538Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017Amends appropriations by prohibiting regulation of GHGs from livestock production ; prevents redesignation of any HFC as unacceptable under SNAP program for ozone protection ; prohibits regulation of methane emissions from oil/gas sector ; exempts noncontinuous glassmaking furnaces from HAP rules ; prevents consideration of foreign impacts of US air pollutants ; prevents use of funds for legal fees in any settlement involving fed. govt. under CAA, CWA, or ESA ; requires EPA to evaluate employment impacts of actionsNoCAA
6/16/2016Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]114thS. 3068Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017Amends appropriations to prohibit regulation of GHGs from livestock production ; prohibits federally-imposed implementation plans ; imposes strict conditions on EPA ability to regulate carbon emissions from forest biomassNoCAA
4/28/2016Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV]114thS. 2882Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016Delays implementation of ozone NAAQS from 2015 (state designations by 10/2024, EPA designation of attainment/nonattainment by 10/25, and SIPs by 10/26) ; changes review cycle for NAAQS from 5 to 10 yrs ; appears to exempt ‘extreme’ areas from contingency measures (unclear – see section 3(e)) ; allows for consideration of economic feasibility in SIPs (Capito introduces a similar bill – S. 263 – in 2017-18) NoCAA
4/28/2016Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA]114thS. 2875Reports Reduction Act of 2016Removes several reporting requirements under CAA and related laws, including EPA task force report on acid precipitation, Sec. of Energy report on voluntary industrial energy savings, EPA monitoring/reporting of ozone depletion and consumption of ozone depletors, Sec. of State report on GHG emissions from developing countries, environmental reviews by Multilateral Development Banks, and moreNoCAA
3/23/2016Rep. Price, Tom [R-GA-6]114thH.Con.Res. 125Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2017 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2018 through 2026.Finds that highest regulatory costs come from EPA rules including ozone regulations under CAA ; castigates regulations on coal as job-killing and costlyNoCAA
3/17/2016Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22]114thH.R. 4775Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016Delays implementation of ozone NAAQS from 2015 (state designations by 10/2024, EPA designation of attainment/nonattainment by 10/25, and SIPs by 10/26) ; changes review cycle for NAAQS from 5 to 10 yrs ; appears to exempt ‘extreme’ areas from contingency measures (unclear – see section 3(e)) ; allows for consideration of economic feasibility in SIPs (Olson introduces a similar bill – H.R. 806 – in 2017-18) NoCAA
3/9/2016Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC]114thS. 2659RPM Act of 2016Allows modification of vehicle air emission controls if vehicle used solely for competition (see H.R. 350 from 2017-18)NoCAA
3/7/2016Rep. McHenry, Patrick T. [R-NC-10]114thH.R. 4715RPM Act of 2016Allows modification of vehicle air emission controls if vehicle used solely for competition (see H.R. 350 from 2017-18)NoCAA
2/12/2016Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6]114thH.R. 4557Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns Act of 2016Prohibits EPA from enforcing emissions rules for hazardous air pollutants for brick & clay manufacturers until judicial review completeNoCAA
2/11/2016Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-4]114thH.R. 4544Energy Sovereignty ActRepeals section 115 of CAA, which requires EPA and states to account for effects of pollution on foreign countries (see H.R. 4994 from 2017-18) NoCAA
1/12/2016Rep. Buck, Ken [R-CO-4]114thH.R. 4371Article I Consolidated Appropriations Amendments, 2016Amends appropriations by preventing use of funds to pay legal fees for settlements under CAA, CWA, or ESA ; prevents GHG regulation ; prevents lowering of ozone NAAQS until 85% of nonattainment areas comply ; prohibits use of social cost of carbon ; prevents redesignation of any HFC as unacceptable under EPA SNAP program NoCAA
12/16/2015Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22]114thH.R. 4265Clean Air Implementation Act of 2015Extends review cycle for NAAQS to 8 years ; allows EPA to take into account technological feasibility ; delays implementation of 2015 ozone NAAQS until EPA issues report on impact of foreign air pollution on NAAQS complianceNoCAA
12/15/2015Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5]114thH.R. 4259To prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from establishing, implementing, or enforcing any limit on the aggregate emissions of carbon dioxide from a State or any category or subcategory of sources within a State.Prohibits EPA from enforcing any limit on aggregate carbon emissions from a state or any category of sources within a stateNoCAA
12/10/2015Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT]114thS. 2391American Clean Energy Investment Act of 2015Title I expands and locks in tax credits for (some legitimate, some biofuel) clean energy production; Title II locks in tax deductions for efficiency improvements ; Title III extends and creates new tax credits for biofuel development (bad) NoCAA
12/3/2015Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12]114thH.R. 4169Fighting Against Imbalanced Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015Prohibits Admin from enforcing CO2 emission standards unless EPA can show that enough other countries (accounting for 80% of global, non-US emissions) are enforcing standards at least as stringent as CAA rules (see H.R. 2438 from 2017-18)NoCAA
12/3/2015Rep. Noem, Kristi L. [R-SD-At Large]114thH.R. 4181Biodiesel Tax Incentive Reform and Extension Act of 2015$1 tax credit for each gal of biodiesel or renewable diesel, income tax credits for small biodiesel producersNoCAA
11/17/2015Rep. Fleming, John [R-LA-4]114thH.R. 4037Keeping Oil and Natural Gas Flowing for Consumers ActProhibits EPA from regulating methane emissions from oil or natural gas productionNoCAA
11/16/2015Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17]114thH.R. 4000Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard Deadline Harmonization Act of 2015Delays implementation of ozone NAAQS from 2015 (state designations by 10/2024, EPA designation of attainment/nonattainment by 10/25, and SIPs by 10/26) ; changes review cycle for NAAQS from 5 to 10 yrs (similar to H.R. 806 from 2017-18) NoCAA
11/3/2015Rep. Palmer, Gary J. [R-AL-6]114thH.R. 3880Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2015Amends CAA to exclude CO2, water vapor, methane, HFCs, PFCs, SF6 from definition of air pollutant ; deauthorizes regulation of climate change ; nullifies certain GHG rules ; prohibits any EPA regulation that would have negative impact on employment NoCAA
10/26/2015Sen. McConnell, Mitch [R-KY]114thS.J.Res. 23A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units”.Disapproves EPA rule “Standards of Performance for GHG Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units” (passed both houses but vetoed) NoCAA
10/26/2015Rep. Whitfield, Ed [R-KY-1]114thH.J.Res. 71Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units”.Disapproves EPA rule “Standards of Performance for GHG Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units” NoCAA
10/22/2015Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12]114thH.R. 3797SENSE ActAllows coal refuse-fired power plants to choose to comply with either SO2 or HCl limitations (see H.R. 1119 from 2017-18)NoCAA
10/8/2015Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1]114thH.R. 3710Safe Agriculture Production Act of 2015Provides for emergency agricultural use of methyl bromideNoCAA
10/5/2015Sen. Cochran, Thad [R-MS]114thS. 2132An Act Making Appropriations to Stop Regulatory Excess and for Other Purposes, 2016Amends appropriations to prohibit regulation of GHGs from livestock production ; prohibits use of funds to enforce 2014 EPA guidelines for stationary-source carbon emissions ; requires EPA to regulate forest biomass as carbon-neutralNoCAA
10/2/2015Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2]114thH.R. 3682Reducing Employer Burdens, Unleashing Innovation, and Labor Development Act of 2015Prevents EPA from issuing regulations on GHG output from new fossil plants without analyzing employment & pricing effects ; nullifies existing performance standards ; mandates new oil/gas leasing in AK, CA, VA, & SC waters ; revises OCS to include all US waters ; orders Interior to hold a lease sale for oil shale NoCAA
9/29/2015Rep. Ratcliffe, John [R-TX-4]114thH.J.Res. 68Disapproving a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units”.Disapproves EPA rule “Standards of Performance for GHG Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units” NoCAA
9/28/2015Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2]114thH.R. 3626Ensuring Affordable Energy ActProhibits use of EPA funds to impose cap & trade or any regulation on GHG emissionsNoCAA
9/28/2015Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA]114thS. 2089American Energy Innovation ActPromotes renewable development but includes credits for E production by biomass, landfill gas, and hydropower – this is a massive bill with some good parts but still definitively supports burning stuffNoCAA
9/24/2015Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT]114thS. 2072A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program under which the Administrator shall defer the designation of an area as a nonattainment area for purposes of the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard if the area achieves and maintains certain standards under a voluntary early action compact plan.Provides for deferment of ‘nonattainment’ designation for ozone NAAQS if state submits an ‘early action compact plan,’ which is voluntary and has less teeth (see S. 1203 from 2017-18)NoCAA
9/9/2015Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]114thS. 2011Offshore Production and Energizing National Security Act of 2015Expands oil/gas leasing on Outer Continental Shelf lands in Gulf of Mexico, inc. Florida, requires implementation of proposed 2017-22 OCS leasing program plus additional leases ; allows states to skip env impact statement if enacts a law allowing leasing ; creates new leasing program in Alaska ; includes Southern Atlantic waters (VA, NC, SC, GA) in 2017-22 OCS leasing programNoCAA
9/9/2015Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]114thS. 2012North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016Directs DOE to study emission savings from burning captured methane ; requires Sec. of Energy & Sec. of State to prepare a framework addressing ‘best practices for development of unconventional oil and natural gas’ ; repeals sec. 103 of Energy Policy and Conservation Act (to allow for crude oil exports) and prohibits any restriction on crude oil exports ; limits civil action on energy projects and requires unsuccessful plaintiffs to cover legal costs to defendantNoCAA
9/8/2015Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2]114thH.R. 3454Gas Accessibility and Stabilization Act of 2015Allows EPA to waive fuel mandates if problem with distribution or delivery of additivesNoCAA
7/9/2015Rep. Wagner, Ann [R-MO-2]114thH.R. 3015EPA Regulatory Domestic Benefit Act of 2014Requires EPA to primarily consider domestic benefits (vs. global) in regulation of C02 ; nullifies three 2014 rules on GHG emissionsNoCAA
7/8/2015Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6]114thH.Amdt. 647An amendment to prohibit use of funds in the bill to regulate the location of the placement of a monitor of pollutants under the Clean Air Act in any county provided such county has at least one monitor.Amends appropriations to prohibit use of funds to regulate location of pollutant monitors within a county, provided that a county has at least one monitorNoCAA
7/8/2015Rep. Westmoreland, Lynn A. [R-GA-3]114thH.Amdt. 633An amendment to prohibit use of funds to pay legal fees pursuant to a settlement in any case, in which the Federal Government is a party, that arises under the Clean Air Act, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act or the Endangered Species Act.Amends appropriations to prohibit use of funds to pay legal fees for any settlement arising under CAA, ESA, or CWA (similar to H.Amdt. 367 from 2017-18)NoCAA
7/7/2015Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14]114thH.Amdt. 619Amendment prohibits use of funds by EPA to act in contravention of the Clean Air Act and requires EPA to evaluate the impact of its actions with respect to jobs in America.Amends appropriations to prohibit use of funds for any EPA action without studying potential employment impacts (under sec. 321(a) of CAA)NoCAA
6/23/2015Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5]114thH.R. 2864To prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from extending the renewable fuel program past 2022 if the Administrator waives applicable volume requirements in prior years.Prohibits EPA from extending renewable fuel program past 2022 if Admin waives 20% of applicable volume requirement for 2 straight years, or 50% in one yearNoCAA
6/23/2015Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]114thS. 1645Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016Amends appropriations to prohibit regulation of GHGs from livestock production ; prohibits federally-imposed implementation plans ; directs EPA admin to regulate forest biomass on principle that it is carbon-neutral ; delays lowering NAAQS for ozone until 85% of nonattainment counties comply with old standardNoCAA
6/18/2015Rep. Marino, Tom [R-PA-10]114thH.R. 2834To enact certain laws relating to the environment as title 55, United States Code, “Environment”.Supposed to consolidate several major environmental laws, but includes the House version of CAA sec. 111(d) which apparently limits regulation of power plants to mercury only. NoCAA
6/18/2015Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42]114thH.R. 2822Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016Amends appropriations by prohibiting regulation of GHGs from livestock production ; prevents redesignation of any HFC as unacceptable under SNAP program for ozone protection ; prevents consideration of foreign impacts of US air pollutants ; prohibits establishing emissions standards for fossil fuel plants ; directs EPA admin to regulate forest biomass on principle that it is carbon-neutral ; delays lowering NAAQS for ozone until 85% of nonattainment counties comply with old standard ; prevents use of social cost of carbon in any regulation until IWG revises SCC estimates w/ discount rates and domestic-only limitationNoCAA
6/16/2015Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6]114thH.R. 2792Manufacturers First Act of 2015Locks in current NAAQS and prohibits revisionNoCAA
6/16/2015Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA]114thS. 1584Renewable Fuel Standard Repeal ActRepeals RFS + requirements for assessment of impacts thereofNoCAA
6/10/2015Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT]114thS. 1541Transportation Empowerment ActEliminates environmental mitigation projects from eligibility for surface transportation program assistance ; reduces excise taxes on petrol products ; repeals congestion mitigation and air quality improvement programNoCAA
6/10/2015Rep. DeSantis, Ron [R-FL-6]114thH.R. 2716Transportation Empowerment ActEliminates environmental mitigation projects from eligibility for surface transportation program assistance ; reduces excise taxes on petrol products ; repeals congestion mitigation and air quality improvement programNoCAA
6/4/2015Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2]114thH.R. 2675Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015Authorizes installation of emissions-compliant engine in replica or small-batch vehicles, but exempts these from emission control inspection/certification under CAA sec. 110 and 206NoCAA
6/3/2015Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3]114thH.R. 2637Protecting Jobs, Families, and the Economy From EPA Overreach ActAmends CAA to prohibit regulation limiting CO2 emissions from power plants if it will result in loss of employment, GDP, or reliability, or will increase electricity ratesNoCAA
5/21/2015Rep. Stefanik, Elise M. [R-NY-21]114thH.R. 2560Common Sense Waiver Act of 2015Allows EPA to waive emission standards for asbestos for building demolitions if building is condemned and structurally unsoundNoCAA
5/21/2015Rep. Scalise, Steve [R-LA-1]114thH.R. 2557Promoting New Manufacturing ActRequires EPA to report on website various data on issuance of major source permits ; must submit annual report on efforts to expedite review of preconstruction permitsNoCAA
5/21/2015Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV]114thS. 1425Promoting New Manufacturing ActRequires EPA to report on website various data on issuance of major source permits ; must submit annual report on efforts to expedite review of preconstruction permitsNoCAA
5/19/2015Rep. Dold, Robert J. [R-IL-10]114thH.R. 2418Fuel Choice for American Prosperity and Security Act of 2015Gives a 4 mpg bonus to avg fuel economy of manufacturers of ‘fuel choice enabling’ vehicles – still promotes burning stuffNoCAA
5/13/2015Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV]114thS. 1324Affordable Reliable Electricity Now Act of 2015Imposes a bunch of conditions on EPA’s power to regulate carbon emissions ; releases states from implementation plans if proposed plan would hurt employment, reliability, or ratesNoCAA
5/12/2015Sen. Heitkamp, Heidi [D-ND]114thS. 1293A bill to establish the Department of Energy as the lead agency for coordinating all requirements under Federal law with respect to eligible clean coal and advanced coal technology generating projects, and for other purposes.Puts DOE in charge of enforcing CAA, CWA, NEPA, SDWA as they pertain to ‘clean coal’ NoCAA
5/11/2015Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA]114thS. 1276Offshore Energy and Jobs Act of 2015Expands oil/gas leasing on Outer Continental Shelf lands in Gulf of Mexico, inc. Florida, requires implementation of proposed 2017-22 OCS leasing program plus additional leases ; limits judicial review/appeals and scope of env. impact statements for proposed leases ; allows states to skip env impact statement if enacts a law allowing leasingNoCAA
5/7/2015Sen. Donnelly, Joe [D-IN]114thS. 1239A bill to amend the Clean Air Act with respect to the ethanol waiver for the Reid vapor pressure limitations under that Act.Extends Reid vapor pressure requirement waiver for E10 gasoline to gasoline blended with more than 10% ethanol (see S. 517 from 2017-18)NoCAA
4/29/2015Rep. Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3]114thH.R. 2111Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act of 2015Eliminates all EPA grant programs ; removes federal funding for EPA ozone standards, GHG emissions standards, environmental justice programs, and more ; also requires EPA to shutter its field officesNoCAA
4/28/2015Rep. Whitfield, Ed [R-KY-1]114thH.R. 2042Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015Delays enforcement of certain EPA rules on carbon pollution ; requires EPA to treat hydropower as renewable energyNoCAA
4/24/2015Rep. Dent, Charles W. [R-PA-15]114thH.R. 2029Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016Prohibits regulation of carbon from livestock/manure; provides funds for fossil plants that utilize carbon sequestration; prohibits enforcement of Supplemental Guidelines for High Carbon Intensity Projects by Export-Import Bank if they would effectively prohibit a coal-fired or other power project ; extends credits for biofuels/biodiesel/renewable dieselBecame Public Law No: 114-113.CAA
4/23/2015Rep. Walberg, Tim [R-MI-7]114thH.R. 1993Flexibility to Farm ActAllows governors to issue exemptions from federal env laws to farmers adversely affected by them ; includes CWA and provisions of CAA not related to fossil fuel combustionNoCAA
4/22/2015Rep. Blum, Rod [R-IA-1]114thH.R. 1944Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015Prohibits EPA from controlling biomass fuel in vehicles ; gives an average fuel economy boost of 8 mpg to manufacturers of fuel choice vehicles ; protections for aftermarket engine modifications ; allows for high ethanol blends w/ Reid vapor pressure waiverNoCAA
4/13/2015Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3]114thH.R. 1736To amend the Clean Air Act with respect to the ethanol waiver for the Reid vapor pressure limitations under such Act.Extends Reid vapor pressure requirement waiver for E10 gasoline to gasoline blended with more than 10% ethanol (see H.R. 1311 from 2017-18)NoCAA
3/26/2015Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]114thS. 889Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015Prohibits EPA from controlling biomass fuel in vehicles ; gives an average fuel economy boost of 8 mpg to manufacturers of fuel choice vehicles ; protections for aftermarket engine modifications ; allows for high ethanol blends w/ Reid vapor pressure waiverNoCAA
3/19/2015Rep. Bridenstine, Jim [R-OK-1]114thH.R. 1487American Energy Renaissance Act of 2015Promotes drilling in Arctic Nat’l Wildlife Refuge, National Petrol Reserve in Alaska, and most OCS waters as well as BLM lands out West ; grants states sole authority to regulate fracking ; prohibits award of legal fees to any NGO that interferes ; repeals limitations on crude oil exports ; exempts itself from NEPA ; excludes GHGs from air pollutant definition ; deauthorizes regulation of climate change under CAA, CWA, NEPA, ESA, or SWDA ; voids EPA rules on GHG emissions ; requires analysis of employment impacts of any EPA rule ; and much more. NoCAA
3/19/2015Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK]114thS. 828Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands ActGives states sole authority to regulate frackingNoCAA
3/18/2015Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX]114thS. 791American Energy Renaissance Act of 2015Promotes drilling in Arctic Nat’l Wildlife Refuge, National Petrol Reserve in Alaska, and most OCS waters as well as BLM lands out West ; grants states sole authority to regulate fracking ; prohibits award of legal fees to any NGO that interferes ; repeals limitations on crude oil exports ; exempts itself from NEPA ; excludes GHGs from air pollutant definition ; deauthorizes regulation of climate change under CAA, CWA, NEPA, ESA, or SWDA ; voids EPA rules on GHG emissions ; requires analysis of employment impacts of any EPA rule ; and much more. NoCAA
3/18/2015Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]114thS. 790Economic Freedom Zones Act of 2015Creates Economic Freedom Zones (areas of high poverty) that are exempt from part D of CAA (nonattainment plans) (see S. 1551 from 2017-18)NoCAA
3/4/2015Rep. Salmon, Matt [R-AZ-5]114thH.R. 1327ORDEAL Act of 2015Lengthens intervals of NAAQS review/revision from 5 to 10 yrs. ; eliminates EPA authority to revise ozone standards earlier/more often than mandated ; lengthens scientific review cycle from 5 to 10 ; delays review and revision of current standards until 2019 (see S. 452 from 2017-18)NoCAA
3/4/2015Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22]114thH.R. 1320Commonsense Legislative Exceptional Events Reforms Act of 2015Revises requirements for ‘exceptional event’ for NAAQS to give substantial deference to states’ findings and to minimize EPA discretion (similar to S. 454 from 2017-18)NoCAA
3/3/2015Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ]114thS. 638Commonsense Legislative Exceptional Events Reforms Act of 2015Revises requirements for ‘exceptional event’ for NAAQS to give substantial deference to states’ findings and to minimize EPA discretion (similar to S. 454 from 2017-18)NoCAA
3/3/2015Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ]114thS. 640ORDEAL Act of 2015Lengthens intervals of NAAQS review/revision from 5 to 10 yrs. ; eliminates EPA authority to revise ozone standards earlier/more often than mandated ; lengthens scientific review cycle from 5 to 10 ; delays review and revision of current standards until 2019 (see S. 452 from 2017-18)NoCAA
2/26/2015Sen. Heitkamp, Heidi [D-ND]114thS. 601ACCTION Act of 2015Orders DOE to create program to implement large-scale carbon capture ; provides federal incentives for private investment in clean coal and clean coal bonds ; expedites federal review of clean coal generation projectsNoCAA
2/26/2015Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA]114thS. 577Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015Eliminates corn ethanol mandate for renewable fuel standards, leaves requirements for advanced biofuels in placeNoCAA
2/24/2015Rep. Mulvaney, Mick [R-SC-5]114thH.R. 1044To amend the Clean Air Act to modify the application of certain provisions regarding the inclusion of entire metropolitan statistical areas within nonattainment areas, and for other purposes.Amends Clean Air Act so that nonattainment metropolitan statistical areas do not include counties within that are in compliance with NAAQSNoCAA
2/4/2015Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6]114thH.R. 704RFS Reform Act of 2015Prohibits use of corn-based ethanol in renewable fuel ; decreases applicable volumes of renewable fuel in gasoline for 2015-2022 ; requires EPA to base future biofuel levels on actual production levels during current year ; in event of shortage of cellulosic biofuel, requires EPA to reduce applicable volume of ALL renewable fuels by volume of C.B.F. ; prohibits commerce in gasoline with more than 10% ethanol (see H.R. 1315 from 2017-18)NoCAA
2/4/2015Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6]114thH.R. 703Renewable Fuel Standard Elimination ActRepeals renewable fuel program (see H.R. 1314 from 2017-18)NoCAA
2/4/2015Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15]114thH.R. 740Clean Vehicles Incentive Act of 2015Tax credits for business in nonattainment areas for use of ‘clean-fuel’ vehicles and ‘clean-burning fuel’ ; tax credits for hybrids but only within nonattainment areasNoCAA
1/21/2015Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26]114thH.R. 434LEVEL ActReduces volume of renewable fuel in gasoline to 7.5 bn gallons for 2015-2022; locks in this volume for every year after 2022; prohibits EPA from allowing trade of gasoline above 10% ethanol that wasn’t already approved under renewable fuel program. Also revokes requirement that EPA ensure renewable fuels emit less CO2 than conventional gasoline and removes distinction between various types of biofuels. (See H.R. 119 from 2017-18)NoCAA
1/7/2015Sen. Vitter, David [R-LA]114thS. 88General Duty Clarification Act of 2015Clarifies definition of ‘accidental release’ of a hazardous substance, prevents EPA from mandating specific designs/approaches to manufacturing, processing, handling, and storageNoCAA