Summary: H.R.6483 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (12/08/2016)

Swine Waste Infrastructure and Natural Environment Act or the SWINE Act

This bill establishes a program to certify environmentally sustainable swine waste disposal technologies and authorizes related tax credits and grants.

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) must certify technologies that:

  • eliminate animal discharge into surface waters and groundwater through direct discharge, seepage, or runoff;
  • substantially eliminate atmospheric emissions of ammonia from swine waste;
  • substantially eliminate the emission of odor from swine waste that is detectable beyond the boundaries of the parcel or tract of land on which the swine farm is located;
  • substantially eliminate the release of disease-transmitting vectors and airborne pathogens from swine waste;
  • substantially eliminate nutrient and heavy metal contamination of soil and groundwater from swine waste; and
  • are cost-effective.

States may not issue permits, pursuant to any federal law, to a swine farm that is a concentrated animal feeding operation unless the farm disposes of swine waste using a certified technology.

The bill amends several agricultural laws to:

  • require USDA to make competitive grants for activities to identify, evaluate, and demonstrate environmentally superior swine waste management technologies;
  • permit the Pork Promotion Board to use its funding for activities related to the grants; and
  • make the installation and maintenance of a certified technology on a swine farm eligible for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow tax credits for: (1) the installation of a certified swine waste disposal technology, and (2) the disposal of swine waste using certified technology.