Text: H.R.958 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (02/07/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 958


To eliminate certain programs of the Environmental Protection Agency, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 7, 2017

Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Agriculture, and Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To eliminate certain programs of the Environmental Protection Agency, 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 “Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Elimination of EPA grant programs.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law—

(1) all grant programs of the Environmental Protection Agency that are in effect as of the date of enactment of this Act are hereby terminated; and

(2) the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency may not establish or implement any grant program.

SEC. 3. Prohibition on use of funds for new ozone standards.

No funds made available under any Act may be used by the Environmental Protection Agency to implement any ozone standard promulgated after the date of enactment of this Act, including any national primary or secondary ambient air quality standard for ozone promulgated (or revised) under section 109 of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7409).

SEC. 4. Elimination of funding for certain regulations and programs.

(a) In general.—No Federal funds may be used by the Environmental Protection Agency—

(1) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from mobile sources (including cars, trains, airplanes, and non-road equipment);

(2) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units under the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.);

(3) for the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program or any similar or successor program;

(4) for the Global Methane Initiative or any similar or successor initiative;

(5) for the Climate Resilience Fund or any similar or successor fund;

(6) for the Climate Resilience Evaluation Awareness Tool or any similar or successor tool;

(7) for the Green Infrastructure Program or any similar or successor program;

(8) for the Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative or any similar or successor initiative; or

(9) for climate research at the Office of Research and Development of the Environmental Protection Agency.

(b) Definition of greenhouse gas.—In this Act, the term “greenhouse gas” means any of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, sulfur hexafluoride, hydrofluorocarbons, and perfluorocarbons.

SEC. 5. Termination of certain EPA programs.

(a) National Clean Diesel Campaign.—The Environmental Protection Agency’s National Clean Diesel Campaign is hereby terminated.

(b) Environmental Justice programs.—The Environmental Protection Agency’s environmental justice programs are hereby terminated.

SEC. 6. Elimination of EPA regional offices.

The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall discontinue operation and maintenance of the Environmental Protection Agency’s State, regional, district, local, and other field offices, and activities carried out through those offices.

SEC. 7. Disposal or leasing of underutilized property required.

(a) Disposal or leasing required.—The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall dispose of or lease any property determined by the Office of Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency to be underutilized in the report entitled “EPA Can Further Reduce Space in Under-Utilized Facilities” dated February 20, 2013.

(b) Fair market value requirement.—Real property sold pursuant to this section shall be sold at not less than the fair market value as determined by the Administrator. Costs associated with disposal may not exceed the fair market value of the property unless the Administrator approves incurring such costs.

(c) Monetary Proceeds Requirement.—Real property may be sold pursuant to this section only if the property will generate monetary proceeds to the Federal Government, as provided in subsection (b). Disposal of real property pursuant to this section may not include any exchange, trade, transfer, acquisition of like-kind property, or other non-cash transaction as part of the disposal.

(d) Rule of Construction.—Nothing in this section shall be construed as terminating or in any way limiting authorities that are otherwise available to agencies under other provisions of law to dispose of Federal real property, except as provided in subsection (e).

(e) Exemption From Certain Requirements.—Any expedited disposal of a real property conducted pursuant to this section shall not be subject to—

(1) subchapter IV of chapter 5 of title 40, United States Code;

(2) sections 550 and 553 of title 40, United States Code;

(3) section 501 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11411);

(4) any other provision of law authorizing the no-cost conveyance of real property owned by the Federal Government; or

(5) any congressional notification requirement other than that in section 545 of title 40, United States Code.