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Introduced in Senate (03/21/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 2586


To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to increase the ability of a State to administer a permit program under that Act, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 21, 2018

Mr. Cornyn (for himself, Mr. Hatch, Mr. Sullivan, and Mrs. Fischer) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works


A BILL

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to increase the ability of a State to administer a permit program under that Act, 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. State administration of certain permits under Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

Section 404(g) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1344(g)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1), in the second sentence, by striking “In addition, such State” and inserting the following:

    “(B) REQUIREMENT.—In submitting a proposal to the Administrator under subparagraph (A), the State”;

(2) by striking the subsection designation and all that follows through “The Governor” in the first sentence of paragraph (1) and inserting the following:

“(g) State administration.—

“(1) STATE PERMIT PROGRAM.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—The Governor”; and

(3) in paragraph (1), by adding at the end the following:

    “(C) APPLICATIONS BY CERTAIN STATE DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION.—

    “(i) IN GENERAL.—A State department of transportation that has assumed the responsibilities of the Secretary of Transportation under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) under the surface transportation project delivery program under section 327 of title 23, United States Code, may apply to the Administrator to administer an individual and general permit program under subparagraph (A) with respect to highway projects subject to that assumption of responsibility.

    “(ii) TREATMENT.—For the purpose of this subsection, a reference to a State shall be deemed to include a State department of transportation described in clause (i).”.