Text: H.R.1175 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (03/14/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1175

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study with respect to stormwater runoff from oil and gas operations, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 14, 2013

Mr. Cartwright (for himself, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Mr. Capuano, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Farr, Mr. Fattah, Mr. Grayson, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Hastings of Florida, Mr. Holt, Mr. Honda, Mr. Huffman, Mr. Keating, Mr. Langevin, Ms. Lee of California, Ms. Lofgren, Mrs. Lowey, Ms. McCollum, Ms. Meng, Mr. Moran, Mr. Nadler, Ms. Norton, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Polis, Mr. Quigley, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Schwartz, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Smith of Nebraska, Mr. Tonko, Ms. Tsongas, Mr. Sarbanes, Mr. Takano, Mr. Yarmuth, Mr. Peters of Michigan, Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Cohen, Ms. Pingree of Maine, Ms. Chu, Mr. Van Hollen, and Ms. Edwards) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


A BILL

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study with respect to stormwater runoff from oil and gas operations, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydrofracking Environmental Regulation Act of 2013” or the “FRESHER Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Stormwater runoff from oil, gas, and mining operations.

(a) Limitation on permit requirement.—Section 402 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1342) is amended by striking subsection (l) and inserting the following:

“(l) Limitation on permit requirement.—The Administrator shall not require a permit under this section for discharges composed entirely of return flows from irrigated agriculture, nor shall the Administrator directly or indirectly, require any State to require such a permit.”.

(b) Definitions.—Section 502 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1362) is amended—

(1) by striking paragraph (24); and

(2) by redesignating paragraph (25) as paragraph (24).

(c) Study.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary of the Interior shall conduct a study of stormwater impacts with respect to any area that the Secretary determines may be contaminated by stormwater runoff associated with oil or gas operations, which shall include—

(A) an analysis of measurable contamination in such area;

(B) an analysis of ground water resources in such area; and

(C) an analysis of the susceptibility of aquifers in such area to contamination from stormwater runoff associated with such operations.

(2) REPORT.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the results of studies conducted under paragraph (1).