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Titles (2)

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Short Titles as Introduced

Great Lakes Water Protection Act

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Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to prohibit sewage dumping into the Great Lakes, and for other purposes.

Actions Overview (1)

06/17/2015Introduced in House

All Actions (4)

06/18/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
Action By: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
06/17/2015Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/17/2015Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR H4448)
Action By: House of Representatives
06/17/2015Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (3)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Miller, Candice S. [R-MI-10] 06/24/2015

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Transportation and Infrastructure06/17/2015 Referred to
House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment06/18/2015 Referred to

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Introduced in House (06/17/2015)

Great Lakes Water Protection Act

This bill amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to prohibit a publicly owned treatment works (POTW) from discharging untreated or partially treated sewage into the Great Lakes or a tributary of the Great Lakes when the discharge is the result of the POTW intentionally diverting waste streams to bypass any portion of a treatment facility. A bypass is allowed if: (1) it is unavoidable to prevent loss of life, personal injury, or severe property damage, there is no feasible alternative, and the treatment works provides notice; or (2) it does not cause effluent (waste) limitations to be exceeded and is for essential maintenance to ensure efficient operation of the treatment facility.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must work with relevant states to create requirements for providing immediate notice to the public about discharges.

The EPA must establish procedures to ensure that permits issued to POTWs under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System include requirements to comply with this bill.

This bill establishes a maximum civil penalty of $100,000 per day for violations of the bill occurring on or after January 1, 2035. The penalties must be deposited into the Great Lakes Cleanup Fund, which is established by this bill. The Fund must be used for improving wastewater discharges.