EPA REGULATORY RELIEF ACT OF 2011
(House of Representatives - October 13, 2011)

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                   EPA REGULATORY RELIEF ACT OF 2011

  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule XIX, further 
consideration of the bill (H.R. 2250) to provide additional time for 
the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to issue 
achievable standards for industrial, commercial, and institutional 
boilers, process heaters, and incinerators, and for other purposes, 
will now resume.
  The Clerk read the title of the bill.


                           Motion to Recommit

  Ms. CASTOR of Florida. Madam Speaker, I have a motion to recommit at 
the desk.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is the gentlewoman opposed to the bill?
  Ms. CASTOR of Florida. I am opposed.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Clerk will report the motion to 
recommit.
  The Clerk read as follows:

       Ms. Castor of Florida moves to recommit the bill H.R. 2250 
     to the Committee on Energy and Commerce with instructions to 
     report the same to the House forthwith with the following 
     amendment:
       At the end of the bill, add the following sections:

     SEC. 6. PROTECTION OF SENIORS FROM LIFE-THREATENING AIR 
                   POLLUTION.

       Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the 
     Administrator shall not delay actions pursuant to the rule 
     identified in section 2(b)(3) of this Act to reduce air 
     pollution from waste incinerators, as defined pursuant to 
     this Act, where such waste incinerators are within 5 miles of 
     any nursing home, assisted living facility, or hospital.

     SEC. 7. NOTIFICATION TO COMMUNITIES.

       With respect to each requirement for a major source 
     facility to implement an air pollution control or emissions 
     reduction that

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     is eliminated by this Act, such facility shall provide notice 
     of such elimination to affected communities not later than 90 
     days after the date of enactment of this Act.

  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The gentlewoman from Florida is recognized 
for 5 minutes.
  Ms. CASTOR of Florida. Madam Speaker, the debate on the GOP pollution 
bills has been very heated at times. The debate has exposed very 
divergent views between the parties here in Congress on the importance 
of clean air and on the value of good health for all Americans.
  Despite our differences on how we treat air pollution, my amendment 
offers us an opportunity to come together on a bipartisan basis, 
specifically to protect the health of our older neighbors--America's 
seniors.
  The passage of my amendment will not prevent the passage of the 
underlying bill. If the amendment is adopted, it will be incorporated 
into the bill, and the bill will proceed to a vote. The amendment I 
offer today will ensure that we respect the health of our older 
neighbors, our parents, and our grandparents by protecting the quality 
of the air that they breathe.
  Seniors are more susceptible than others to the harmful impacts of 
dirty air and pollution, and our neighbors need to understand what is 
in the air that they breathe, so my amendment proposes to do two 
things:
  One, require waste incinerators located within 5 miles of a nursing 
home, an assisted living facility, or a hospital to simply use the most 
effective pollution control methods available. Two, require polluting 
boilers to notify surrounding communities of toxic emissions.
  Without my amendment, the GOP bill will cause a dramatic increase in 
the emissions of mercury, dioxins, acid gases, and sulfur dioxide near 
populations that are particularly vulnerable to pollution.
  Madam Speaker, the Clean Air Act protects us all from some of the 
most carcinogenic and dangerous pollutants. Mercury damages the 
developing brain and reduces IQ and the ability to learn. Sulfur 
dioxide is known to interfere with breathing, and as a result, is 
especially harmful to seniors.
  Some seniors are so sensitive to dirty air and pollution they require 
oxygen tanks to aid their breathing, and a variety of health conditions 
afflicting seniors is aggravated by poor air quality. Any increase in 
hazardous air pollution will disproportionately harm our older 
neighbors at a time in their lives when they are the most vulnerable. 
We can save lives, and we can save money by requiring that these waste 
incinerators that are located near our older neighbors use the most 
effective pollution control methods available.
  When it comes to the health and health care costs for older 
Americans, my colleagues, we've got to be smarter. It is not wise to 
aggravate the respiratory ailments of our older neighbors who likely 
are on Medicare, just as it is not wise for the GOP to advocate for 
ending Medicare as we know it. It doesn't save any money.
  The nonpartisan CBO explained that the GOP plan to dismantle Medicare 
would simply shift costs to seniors without addressing the underlying 
issues. Actually, the GOP pollution bills here can be viewed as handing 
our parents, our grandparents, and our older neighbors higher medical 
bills tied to dirtier air.
  So let's be smart. Let's ensure that waste incinerators located in 
areas where our seniors live use the most effective pollution controls. 
Other industries have done it, and this small industrial subset should 
not receive a special interest ``carve-out.''
  Madam Speaker, while our older neighbors would be disproportionately 
affected by this GOP bill in its current form, they're not the only 
ones. Young people and pregnant women are also extremely vulnerable to 
an increase in the toxic emissions that this GOP bill promotes. This 
Congress has a duty to prevent such harm from happening when the 
evidence is so clear.
  One sure way that we can help our families take adequate steps to 
protect themselves and their children is to ensure they're fully aware 
of the dangers that they face from specific pollution sources. So this 
amendment also requires large boilers to notify their local communities 
of emissions that are likely to increase because of this GOP bill. That 
way, families can take adequate steps to protect their children from 
mercury, dioxins, particulates, and sulfur dioxide. This information 
will also enable our local communities to make determinations on where 
to locate playgrounds and schools.
  We must ensure that our families and communities have all the 
information they need to make the best decisions for the health of 
their children, and that they have a complete understanding of the 
location and scale of the threat posed by air pollution.
  Madam Speaker, the GOP bill blocks critical health protections 
against air pollution. The EPA estimates that the GOP's anti-clean air 
bills together mean over 30,000 more premature deaths, over 19,000 
additional heart attacks, and over 200,000 asthma attacks that 
otherwise would have been prevented.
  We shouldn't let it happen.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentlewoman has expired.
  Ms. CASTOR of Florida. Thank you, Madam Speaker.
  I will close by asking, in the spirit of the original bipartisan 
adoption of the Clean Air Act 40 years ago, that we come together on a 
bipartisan basis to adopt this important amendment to protect the 
health of our seniors and children all across America.
  Mr. WHITFIELD. Madam Speaker, I claim time in opposition to the 
motion to recommit.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The gentleman from Kentucky is recognized 
for 5 minutes.
  Mr. WHITFIELD. Back in 2004, the D.C. Federal Court of Appeals, in a 
court decision, invalidated the 2004 Boiler MACT rules promulgated by 
EPA. In that court decision, EPA came to the court and said, We need 
additional time to come out with new Boiler MACT rules. So, in that 
court decision, EPA made the argument that they needed additional time 
to come forth with a more balanced approach on a Boiler MACT rule.
  Our legislation, H.R. 2250, does nothing that EPA did not ask the 
court to do as far as extending time. Our legislation is a balanced 
approach. Particularly at this time of a weakened economy and when our 
job unemployment rate is at 9.1 percent and when our economy continues 
to struggle, it is imperative that we have a balanced regulation that 
considers jobs--yes--but that also considers health care and the 
benefits of the regulation and the impact that that has on health care.

                              {time}  1930

  We've had extensive hearings on this legislation. We've had 
representatives from hospitals. We've had representatives from 
universities, representatives from manufacturers, industrial users and 
others, and all of them almost universally have asked that we pass H.R. 
2250 to provide a more balanced approach in these regulations.
  Testimony has shown that over 230,000 jobs are at risk if EPA moves 
forward with these regulations. So what we're proposing in our 
legislation is we give EPA 15 months to come forth with a new 
regulation. We then say that they need at least a minimum, that the 
industries and hospitals and schools need a minimum of 5 years to 
comply with those regulations. I will never forget the University of 
Notre Dame came and indicated that they had spent $20 million trying to 
comply with the old regulations, and now they're going to have to come 
forth with additional funds to comply with these new regulations.
  So all we're doing is we're protecting jobs. We're protecting the 
health care of the American people. We give the EPA 15 months to come 
forth with new rules, 5 years at a minimum to comply. For that reason, 
I think it's imperative that we adopt our legislation, and I would urge 
every Member to oppose this motion to recommit.
  I yield back the balance of my time.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection, the previous question is 
ordered on the motion to recommit.
  There was no objection.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion to recommit.
  The question was taken; and the Speaker pro tempore announced that 
the noes appeared to have it.


                             Recorded Vote

  Ms. CASTOR of Florida. Madam Speaker, I demand a recorded vote.

[[Page H6905]]

  A recorded vote was ordered.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to clause 9 of rule XX, the Chair 
will reduce to 5 minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote on 
the question of passage.
  The vote was taken by electronic device, and there were--ayes 170, 
noes 246, not voting 17, as follows:

                             [Roll No. 790]

                               AYES--170

     Ackerman
     Andrews
     Baca
     Baldwin
     Bass (CA)
     Becerra
     Berkley
     Berman
     Bishop (GA)
     Bishop (NY)
     Blumenauer
     Boswell
     Brady (PA)
     Braley (IA)
     Brown (FL)
     Capps
     Capuano
     Cardoza
     Carnahan
     Carney
     Carson (IN)
     Castor (FL)
     Chandler
     Chu
     Cicilline
     Clarke (MI)
     Clarke (NY)
     Clay
     Cleaver
     Clyburn
     Connolly (VA)
     Conyers
     Cooper
     Costa
     Costello
     Courtney
     Crowley
     Cuellar
     Cummings
     Davis (CA)
     Davis (IL)
     DeFazio
     DeGette
     DeLauro
     Deutch
     Dicks
     Dingell
     Doggett
     Doyle
     Edwards
     Ellison
     Engel
     Eshoo
     Farr
     Fattah
     Filner
     Frank (MA)
     Fudge
     Garamendi
     Green, Al
     Green, Gene
     Grijalva
     Gutierrez
     Hahn
     Hanabusa
     Hastings (FL)
     Heinrich
     Higgins
     Himes
     Hinchey
     Hinojosa
     Hirono
     Hochul
     Holden
     Holt
     Honda
     Hoyer
     Inslee
     Israel
     Jackson (IL)
     Jackson Lee (TX)
     Johnson (GA)
     Johnson, E. B.
     Jones
     Kaptur
     Keating
     Kildee
     Kissell
     Kucinich
     Langevin
     Larsen (WA)
     Larson (CT)
     Lee (CA)
     Levin
     Lewis (GA)
     Lipinski
     Loebsack
     Lofgren, Zoe
     Lowey
     Lujan
     Lynch
     Maloney
     Matsui
     McCarthy (NY)
     McCollum
     McDermott
     McGovern
     McIntyre
     McNerney
     Meeks
     Miller (NC)
     Miller, George
     Moore
     Moran
     Murphy (CT)
     Nadler
     Napolitano
     Neal
     Olver
     Pallone
     Pascrell
     Pastor (AZ)
     Payne
     Perlmutter
     Peters
     Pingree (ME)
     Price (NC)
     Quigley
     Rahall
     Rangel
     Richardson
     Richmond
     Rothman (NJ)
     Roybal-Allard
     Ruppersberger
     Rush
     Ryan (OH)
     Sanchez, Linda T.
     Sanchez, Loretta
     Sarbanes
     Schakowsky
     Schiff
     Schwartz
     Scott (VA)
     Scott, David
     Serrano
     Sewell
     Sherman
     Shuler
     Smith (WA)
     Speier
     Stark
     Sutton
     Thompson (CA)
     Thompson (MS)
     Tierney
     Tonko
     Towns
     Tsongas
     Van Hollen
     Velazquez
     Visclosky
     Walz (MN)
     Wasserman Schultz
     Waters
     Watt
     Waxman
     Welch
     Woolsey
     Yarmuth

                               NOES--246

     Adams
     Aderholt
     Akin
     Alexander
     Altmire
     Amash
     Amodei
     Austria
     Bachus
     Barletta
     Barrow
     Bartlett
     Barton (TX)
     Bass (NH)
     Benishek
     Berg
     Biggert
     Bilbray
     Bilirakis
     Bishop (UT)
     Black
     Blackburn
     Bonner
     Bono Mack
     Boren
     Boustany
     Brady (TX)
     Brooks
     Broun (GA)
     Buchanan
     Bucshon
     Buerkle
     Burgess
     Burton (IN)
     Butterfield
     Calvert
     Campbell
     Canseco
     Cantor
     Capito
     Carter
     Cassidy
     Chabot
     Chaffetz
     Coble
     Coffman (CO)
     Cole
     Conaway
     Cravaack
     Crawford
     Crenshaw
     Critz
     Culberson
     Davis (KY)
     Denham
     Dent
     DesJarlais
     Diaz-Balart
     Dold
     Donnelly (IN)
     Dreier
     Duffy
     Duncan (SC)
     Duncan (TN)
     Ellmers
     Emerson
     Farenthold
     Fincher
     Fitzpatrick
     Flake
     Fleischmann
     Fleming
     Flores
     Forbes
     Fortenberry
     Foxx
     Franks (AZ)
     Frelinghuysen
     Gallegly
     Gardner
     Garrett
     Gerlach
     Gibbs
     Gibson
     Gingrey (GA)
     Gohmert
     Goodlatte
     Gosar
     Gowdy
     Graves (GA)
     Graves (MO)
     Griffin (AR)
     Griffith (VA)
     Grimm
     Guinta
     Guthrie
     Hall
     Hanna
     Harper
     Harris
     Hartzler
     Hastings (WA)
     Hayworth
     Heck
     Hensarling
     Herger
     Herrera Beutler
     Huelskamp
     Huizenga (MI)
     Hultgren
     Hunter
     Hurt
     Issa
     Jenkins
     Johnson (IL)
     Johnson (OH)
     Johnson, Sam
     Jordan
     Kelly
     Kind
     King (IA)
     King (NY)
     Kingston
     Kinzinger (IL)
     Kline
     Labrador
     Lamborn
     Lance
     Lankford
     Latham
     LaTourette
     Latta
     Lewis (CA)
     LoBiondo
     Long
     Lucas
     Luetkemeyer
     Lummis
     Lungren, Daniel E.
     Mack
     Manzullo
     Marchant
     Marino
     Matheson
     McCarthy (CA)
     McCaul
     McClintock
     McCotter
     McHenry
     McKeon
     McKinley
     McMorris Rodgers
     Meehan
     Mica
     Michaud
     Miller (FL)
     Miller (MI)
     Miller, Gary
     Mulvaney
     Murphy (PA)
     Myrick
     Neugebauer
     Noem
     Nugent
     Nunes
     Nunnelee
     Olson
     Owens
     Palazzo
     Paulsen
     Pearce
     Peterson
     Petri
     Pitts
     Platts
     Poe (TX)
     Pompeo
     Posey
     Price (GA)
     Quayle
     Reed
     Rehberg
     Reichert
     Renacci
     Ribble
     Rigell
     Rivera
     Roby
     Roe (TN)
     Rogers (AL)
     Rogers (KY)
     Rogers (MI)
     Rohrabacher
     Rokita
     Rooney
     Ros-Lehtinen
     Roskam
     Ross (AR)
     Ross (FL)
     Royce
     Runyan
     Ryan (WI)
     Scalise
     Schilling
     Schmidt
     Schock
     Schrader
     Schweikert
     Scott (SC)
     Scott, Austin
     Sensenbrenner
     Sessions
     Shimkus
     Shuster
     Simpson
     Smith (NE)
     Smith (NJ)
     Smith (TX)
     Southerland
     Stearns
     Stivers
     Stutzman
     Sullivan
     Terry
     Thompson (PA)
     Thornberry
     Tiberi
     Tipton
     Turner (NY)
     Turner (OH)
     Upton
     Walberg
     Walden
     Walsh (IL)
     Webster
     West
     Westmoreland
     Whitfield
     Wilson (SC)
     Wittman
     Wolf
     Womack
     Woodall
     Yoder
     Young (AK)
     Young (IN)

                             NOT VOTING--17

     Bachmann
     Camp
     Cohen
     Giffords
     Gonzalez
     Granger
     Landry
     Markey
     Paul
     Pelosi
     Pence
     Polis
     Reyes
     Sires
     Slaughter
     Wilson (FL)
     Young (FL)

                              {time}  1949

  So the motion to recommit was rejected.
  The result of the vote was announced as above recorded.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the passage of the bill.
  The question was taken; and the Speaker pro tempore announced that 
the ayes appeared to have it.


                             Recorded Vote

  Mr. WELCH. Madam Speaker, I demand a recorded vote.
  A recorded vote was ordered.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. This is a 5-minute vote.
  The vote was taken by electronic device, and there were--ayes 275, 
noes 142, not voting 16, as follows:

                             [Roll No. 791]

                               AYES--275

     Adams
     Aderholt
     Akin
     Alexander
     Altmire
     Amash
     Austria
     Baca
     Bachus
     Barletta
     Barrow
     Bartlett
     Barton (TX)
     Bass (NH)
     Benishek
     Berg
     Biggert
     Bilbray
     Bilirakis
     Bishop (GA)
     Bishop (UT)
     Black
     Blackburn
     Bonner
     Bono Mack
     Boren
     Boswell
     Boustany
     Brady (TX)
     Brooks
     Broun (GA)
     Brown (FL)
     Buchanan
     Bucshon
     Buerkle
     Burgess
     Burton (IN)
     Butterfield
     Calvert
     Campbell
     Canseco
     Cantor
     Capito
     Cardoza
     Carter
     Cassidy
     Chabot
     Chaffetz
     Chandler
     Clyburn
     Coble
     Coffman (CO)
     Cole
     Conaway
     Costa
     Costello
     Cravaack
     Crawford
     Crenshaw
     Critz
     Cuellar
     Culberson
     Davis (KY)
     DeFazio
     Denham
     Dent
     DesJarlais
     Diaz-Balart
     Dold
     Donnelly (IN)
     Dreier
     Duffy
     Duncan (SC)
     Duncan (TN)
     Ellmers
     Emerson
     Farenthold
     Fincher
     Fitzpatrick
     Flake
     Fleischmann
     Fleming
     Flores
     Forbes
     Fortenberry
     Foxx
     Franks (AZ)
     Frelinghuysen
     Gallegly
     Gardner
     Garrett
     Gerlach
     Gibbs
     Gibson
     Gingrey (GA)
     Gohmert
     Goodlatte
     Gosar
     Gowdy
     Graves (GA)
     Graves (MO)
     Green, Gene
     Griffin (AR)
     Griffith (VA)
     Grimm
     Guinta
     Guthrie
     Hall
     Hanabusa
     Hanna
     Harper
     Harris
     Hartzler
     Hastings (WA)
     Hayworth
     Heck
     Hensarling
     Herger
     Herrera Beutler
     Hinojosa
     Holden
     Huelskamp
     Huizenga (MI)
     Hultgren
     Hunter
     Hurt
     Issa
     Jenkins
     Johnson (IL)
     Johnson (OH)
     Johnson, E. B.
     Johnson, Sam
     Jones
     Jordan
     Kelly
     Kind
     King (IA)
     King (NY)
     Kingston
     Kinzinger (IL)
     Kissell
     Kline
     Labrador
     Lamborn
     Lance
     Landry
     Lankford
     Larsen (WA)
     Latham
     LaTourette
     Latta
     Lewis (CA)
     Lipinski
     LoBiondo
     Long
     Lucas
     Luetkemeyer
     Lummis
     Lungren, Daniel E.
     Mack
     Manzullo
     Marchant
     Marino
     Matheson
     McCarthy (CA)
     McCaul
     McClintock
     McCotter
     McHenry
     McIntyre
     McKeon
     McKinley
     McMorris Rodgers
     Meehan
     Mica
     Michaud
     Miller (FL)
     Miller (MI)
     Miller, Gary
     Mulvaney
     Murphy (PA)
     Myrick
     Neugebauer
     Noem
     Nugent
     Nunes
     Nunnelee
     Olson
     Owens
     Palazzo
     Paulsen
     Pearce
     Perlmutter
     Peterson
     Petri
     Pitts
     Platts
     Poe (TX)
     Pompeo
     Posey
     Price (GA)
     Quayle
     Rahall
     Reed
     Rehberg
     Reichert
     Renacci
     Ribble
     Richmond
     Rigell
     Rivera
     Roby
     Roe (TN)
     Rogers (AL)
     Rogers (KY)
     Rogers (MI)
     Rohrabacher
     Rokita
     Rooney
     Ros-Lehtinen
     Roskam
     Ross (AR)
     Ross (FL)
     Royce
     Runyan
     Ryan (WI)
     Scalise
     Schilling
     Schmidt
     Schock
     Schrader
     Schweikert
     Scott (SC)
     Scott, Austin
     Scott, David
     Sensenbrenner
     Sessions
     Sewell
     Shimkus
     Shuler
     Shuster
     Simpson
     Smith (NE)
     Smith (NJ)
     Smith (TX)
     Southerland
     Stearns
     Stivers
     Stutzman
     Sullivan
     Terry
     Thompson (MS)
     Thompson (PA)
     Thornberry
     Tiberi
     Tipton
     Turner (NY)
     Turner (OH)
     Upton
     Walberg
     Walden
     Walsh (IL)
     Walz (MN)
     Webster
     West
     Westmoreland
     Whitfield
     Wilson (SC)
     Wittman
     Wolf
     Womack
     Woodall
     Yoder
     Young (AK)
     Young (IN)

                               NOES--142

     Ackerman
     Andrews
     Baldwin
     Bass (CA)
     Becerra
     Berkley
     Berman
     Bishop (NY)
     Blumenauer
     Brady (PA)
     Braley (IA)
     Capps
     Capuano
     Carney
     Carson (IN)
     Castor (FL)
     Chu
     Cicilline
     Clarke (MI)
     Clarke (NY)
     Clay

[[Page H6906]]


     Cleaver
     Cohen
     Connolly (VA)
     Conyers
     Cooper
     Courtney
     Crowley
     Cummings
     Davis (CA)
     Davis (IL)
     DeGette
     DeLauro
     Deutch
     Dicks
     Dingell
     Doggett
     Doyle
     Edwards
     Ellison
     Engel
     Eshoo
     Farr
     Fattah
     Filner
     Frank (MA)
     Fudge
     Garamendi
     Green, Al
     Grijalva
     Gutierrez
     Hahn
     Hastings (FL)
     Heinrich
     Higgins
     Himes
     Hinchey
     Hirono
     Hochul
     Holt
     Honda
     Hoyer
     Inslee
     Israel
     Jackson (IL)
     Jackson Lee (TX)
     Johnson (GA)
     Kaptur
     Keating
     Kildee
     Kucinich
     Langevin
     Larson (CT)
     Lee (CA)
     Levin
     Lewis (GA)
     Loebsack
     Lofgren, Zoe
     Lowey
     Lujan
     Lynch
     Maloney
     Markey
     Matsui
     McCarthy (NY)
     McCollum
     McDermott
     McGovern
     McNerney
     Meeks
     Miller (NC)
     Miller, George
     Moore
     Moran
     Murphy (CT)
     Nadler
     Napolitano
     Neal
     Olver
     Pallone
     Pascrell
     Pastor (AZ)
     Payne
     Peters
     Pingree (ME)
     Price (NC)
     Quigley
     Rangel
     Richardson
     Rothman (NJ)
     Roybal-Allard
     Ruppersberger
     Rush
     Ryan (OH)
     Sanchez, Linda T.
     Sanchez, Loretta
     Sarbanes
     Schakowsky
     Schiff
     Schwartz
     Scott (VA)
     Serrano
     Sherman
     Smith (WA)
     Speier
     Stark
     Sutton
     Thompson (CA)
     Tierney
     Tonko
     Towns
     Tsongas
     Van Hollen
     Velazquez
     Visclosky
     Wasserman Schultz
     Waters
     Watt
     Waxman
     Welch
     Woolsey
     Yarmuth

                             NOT VOTING--16

     Amodei
     Bachmann
     Camp
     Carnahan
     Giffords
     Gonzalez
     Granger
     Paul
     Pelosi
     Pence
     Polis
     Reyes
     Sires
     Slaughter
     Wilson (FL)
     Young (FL)


                Announcement by the Speaker Pro Tempore

  The SPEAKER pro tempore (during the vote). There are 2 minutes 
remaining in this vote.

                              {time}  1956

  So the bill was passed.
  The result of the vote was announced as above recorded.
  A motion to reconsider was laid on the table.

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