H.R.2722 - SWINE Act115th Congress (2017-2018) |
|Sponsor:||Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4] (Introduced 05/25/2017)|
|Committees:||House - Agriculture; Ways and Means|
|Latest Action:||House - 06/26/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.2722 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (05/25/2017)
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.