Clean Air Act and Related Issues - 116th Congress (2019-2020)

The 116th Congress convened on January 3, 2019 and continues until January 3, 2021.  The U.S. Senate is now comprised of 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and 2 Independents who caucus with the Democrats.  The U.S. House of Representatives is comprised of 235 Democrats and 199 Republicans (there are currently two vacant seats expected to be filled by special elections to take place in September 2019).  Below are some notable bills introduced in the 116th Congress.

AIR MONITORING

HR 1284 – Crowdsourcing Environmental Data Act

Introduced 2/14/19 by Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ)

  • Amends the Clean Air Act to give states the option of supplementing their existing monitoring networks with large numbers of air quality sensors and to use the sensor data “in making any determination on whether an exceedance” of a National Ambient Air Quality Standard has occurred.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

CLIMATE

S 383 & HR 1166 – Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act

Introduced 2/7/19 by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and 2/13/19 by Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)

  • Supports carbon dioxide utilization and direct air capture research.
  • Facilitates the permitting and development of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration projects and carbon dioxide pipelines.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here for S 383 and click here for HR 1166.

H. Res. 109 & S. Res. 59 – To recognize the duty of the federal government to create a Green New Deal

Introduced 2/7/19 by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and 2/7/19 by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA)

  • Recognizes the duty of the federal government to create a Green New Deal with the goals of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions; establishing millions of high-wage jobs and ensuring economic security for all; investing in infrastructure and industry; securing clean air and water, climate and community resiliency, healthy food, access to nature, and a sustainable environment for all; and promoting justice and equality.
  • Calls for accomplishment of the stated goals through a 10-year national mobilization effort outlined in the resolution

For more information on this resolution, including text and status, click here for H. Res. 109 and click here for S. Res. 59.

S.J. Res. 8 To recognize the duty of the federal government to create a Green New Deal

Introduced 2/13/19 by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to force a vote on S. Res. 59

Motion to invoke cloture and proceed to the Senate floor failed 3/26/19 (0-53 with 43 “present” votes)

  • Identical to S. Res. 59 and H. Res. 109 introduced 2/17/19 by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY, respectively.

For more information on this resolution, including text and status, click here.

HR 1201 – Climate Change National Security Strategy Act

Introduced 2/13/19 by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA)

  • Establishes that it is the policy of the federal government to ensure that the current impacts of climate change, and those anticipated in the coming decades, be identified and considered in the development and implementation of relevant national security doctrine, policies and plans.
  • Requires the establishment of an interagency Climate and National Security Working Group to coordinate the development of a strategic approach to inform national security efforts.
  • Requires certain federal agencies to develop federal agency implementation plans to support the policy of the federal government regarding climate change and national security.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

S 477 & HR 2349 – Climate Change Education Act

Introduced 2/13/19 by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and 4/22/19 by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI)

  • Declares that “the evidence for human-induced climate change is overwhelming and undeniable.
  • Calls upon the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to establish a Climate Change Education Program to, among other things,
    increase the climate literacy of the United States.”
  • Requires NOAA to establish a grant program for climate change education

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here for S 477 and click here for HR 2349.

S 523 – Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act

Introduced 2/14/19 by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA)

  • Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a plan to help health professionals and the health care system prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change on public health.
  • Requires that plan to, among things, identify communities and populations most vulnerable to climate impacts, support research into the impacts of climate change on health, assess existing health preparedness and response strategies and improve existing disease surveillance systems.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here

HR 1391 – Methane Rule Relief Act

Introduced 2/27/19 by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)

  • Provides regulatory relief from EPA’s methane rule (“Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed and Modified Sources,” adopted 6/3/16, and the related “Control Techniques Guidelines for the Oil and Gas Industry”) for conventional “marginally producing” oil and gas wells.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

S.J. Res. 9 – To call on the U.S. Congress to take immediate action to address climate change

Introduced 2/28/19 by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)

  • Establishes “[t]hat it is the sense of Congress that—(1) climate change is real; (2) human activity during the last century is the dominant cause of the climate crisis; and (3) the United States and Congress should take immediate action to address the challenge of climate change.”

For more information on this resolution, including text and status, click here.

S 729 – To prohibit the use of federal agency funds to challenge consensus on climate change

Introduced 3/7/19 by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)

  • Prohibits the use of federal funds to establish or operate a panel, task force, other advisory committee, or other effort intended to challenge the scientific consensus on climate change.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

HR 1689 & S 763 – Climate Change Resilience Fund for America Act

Introduced 3/12/19 by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and 3/12/19 by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)

  • Establishes a Climate Change Advisory Commission to develop recommendations, frameworks and guidelines for a federal investment program for climate change and resilience projects.
  • Establishes a Climate Change Resiliency Fund, administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, to fund qualified climate change adaptation projects.
  • Authorizes the U.S. Department of the Treasury to issue annually from $200 million to $1 billion in state and local tax-exempt “climate bonds” to allow Americans to invest in climate change and resilience projects.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here for HR 1689 and click here for S 763.

HR 1880S 868 – Women & Climate Change Act

Introduced 3/26/19 by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and 3/26/19 by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

  • Establishes a federal interagency working group to lead an international effort addressing the impact of climate change on women and girls.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here for HR 1880 and click here for S 868.

H.R. 1881 – No Tax Dollars for the United Nations Climate Agenda Act

Introduced 3/26/19 by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)

  • Prohibits the U.S. from funding the United Nations (U.N.) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Green Climate Fund.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

HR 9 – Climate Action Now

Introduced 3/27/19 by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)

Approved 5/2/19 by the House of Representatives (231-190)

  • Directs the President to develop and update annually a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • Prohibits the use of federal funds to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

HR 1960 & S 940 – Healthy Climate & Family Security Act

Introduced 3/28/19 by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and 3/28/19 by Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

  • Requires economy-wide reductions in CO2 emissions of 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2040.
  • Returns money raised through the sales of emission allowances to U.S. citizens as a quarterly dividend check.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here for HR 1960 and click here for S 940.

H. Res. 288 – To recognize the duty of the federal government to create a Green Real Deal

Introduced 4/3/19 by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)

  • Recognizes it is the duty of the federal government to create a Green Real Deal with the goals of 1) achieving robust, economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions reductions; 2) creating more clean energy options through a commitment to innovation; 3) positioning the United States as a global leader in clean energy, driving global investment in American-made clean energy technologies; 4) reducing and modernizing regulations to speed deployment of clean energy technologies nationwide and worldwide, and to affirm that the government should not pick winners and losers; 5) empowering individuals, states, and the marketplace to invest in and implement clean energy technologies; and 6) ensuring that the infrastructure, communities and military of the U.S. are resilient and adapting to long-term environmental, climate and social change.
  • Calls for the accomplishment of the stated goals by implementing the actions identified in the resolution.

For more information on this resolution, including text and status, click here.

S 1128 – American Opportunity Carbon Free Act

Introduced 4/10/19 by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

  • Imposes a carbon fee of $52 per ton beginning in 2020 and increasing annually by 6 percent beyond inflation.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

S 1743 – International Climate Accountability Act

Introduced 6/5/19 by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

  • Directs the President to develop and update annually a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • Prohibits the use of federal funds to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

ETHYLENE OXIDE (EtO)

S 451 & HR 1165 – Expanding Transparency of Information and Safeguarding Toxics (EtO Is Toxic) Act

Introduced 2/12/19 Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and 2/14/19 by Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL)

  • Requires EPA to publish an updated National Air Toxics Assessment every two years.
  • Requires EPA to use data from its Integrated Risk Information System when conducting a rulemaking for chemicals that have been assessed in the system and to conduct additional review of facilities that are significant sources of chemicals found to pose an adverse health risk to determine if the facility poses an adverse health risk to the public.
  • Mandates that owners or operators of facilities complete a toxic chemical release form for chemicals identified as carcinogenic.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here for S 451 and click here for HR 1165.

S 458 & HR 1152 – To require the EPA Administrator to revise certain ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions standards under the Clean Air Act

Introduced 2/12/19 by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and 2/12/19 by Rep. Bradley Scott Schneider (D-IL)

  • Requires EPA to amend its regulations to revise emission standards for EtO based on the results of a December 2016 report on the inhalation carcinogenicity of EtO published by the National Center for Environmental Assessment.
  • Calls for the application of Maximum Achievable Control Technology requirements to chamber exhaust vents.
  • Obligates EPA to notify the public of violations of the revised EtO standards and requires an investigation of any failure by EPA to do so.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status click here for S 458 and click here for H.R. 1152.

FUELS

HR 104 – Leave Ethanol Volumes at Existing Levels (LEVEL) Act

Introduced 1/3/19 by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX)

  • Revises the Renewable Fuel Standard to decrease to 7.5 billion gallons the minimum volume of renewable fuel required to be contained in gasoline each year.
  • Eliminates separate volume requirements for advanced biofuels, cellulosic biofuel, and biomass-based diesel.
  • Requires EPA to study the impacts of gasoline that contains more than 10 percent ethanol.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

HR 1024 – Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act

Introduced 2/6/19 by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA)

  • Requires EPA to revise the labeling requirements for fuel pumps that dispense E15 and implement a public education program on the risks associated with the improper use of E15.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

S 581 – Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act

Introduced 2/27/19 by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

  • Repeals EPA certification requirements for aftermarket vehicle conversions to allow vehicles to run on different fuels.
  • Extends the 1-psi waiver for E10 to higher ethanol blends (e.g., E15).
  • Prevents EPA from regulating biomass fuel.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

S. 1840 – Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act

Introduced 6/13/19 by Senator Deb. Fischer (R-NE)

  • Establishes an annual deadline of June 1 for small refineries to request a hardship waiver under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
  • Requires that additional information about waiver requests be made public and that EPA report to Congress on its methodology for granting waivers.
  • Calls on EPA to account for exemptions when determining the annual volume requirements for RFS..

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

MOBILE SOURCES

HR 978 – Clean and Efficient Cars Act

Introduced 2/5/19 by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)

  • Prevents EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from taking any actions that could effectively reduce the stringency of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards or fuel economy Standards required to be attained by light-duty vehicles (LDV) manufactured for sale in the U.S. for model years (MY) up to and including 2025, including by revising the trading, transferring, availability, or creation of credits.
  • Requires  the Administrator of EPA, within 180 days of enactment, to affirm the GHG emission standards for MYs 2017 through 2025 that were promulgated by EPA and NHTSA in in 2012. 
  • Requires the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, within 180 days of enactment, to prescribe by regulation and maintain fuel economy standards for model years 2021 through 2025 that are at least as stringent as the final standards for 2021 and augural standards for 2022 through 2025 established in the 2012 joint EPA-NHTSA rule.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

S 343 & HR 1027 – Fairness for Every Driver Act

Introduced 2/6/19 by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and 2/6/19 by Rep. Jason Smith

  • Amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to terminate the credit for new plug-in electric motor vehicles and provides for a user fee on alternative fuel vehicles to go to the Highway Trust Fund.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here for S 343 and click here for HR 1027. 

S. 674 & HR 2616 – Clean Corridors Act

Introduced 3/6/19 by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and 5/9/19 by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA)

  • Establishes a grant program to fund infrastructure for electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refueling to be “strategically” deployed along designated “alternative fuel corridors that will be accessible to all drivers of zero emission vehicles.”
  • Authorizes $300,000,000 for this grant program in each fiscal year 2019 through 2028.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here for S 674 and click here HR 2616.

S. 683 & HR 2510 – American Cars, American Jobs Act

Introduced 3/6/19 by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and 5/2/19 by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)

  • Establishes a temporary (two years or when all funding for the program is depleted) incentive program to “level the playing field for U.S.-made vehicles,” under which consumers who purchase or lease a new, American-made passenger car for five years would receive a $3,500 price reduction ($4,500 if the American-made vehicle is an electric vehicle or plug-in electric hybrid).
  • Eliminates an offshore incentive of the new tax law that provides a lower corporate tax rate – 0 percent or 10.5 percent (based on profits) versus 21 percent – for foreign-based U.S. company subsidiaries (known as Controlled Foreign Corporations).

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here for S 683 and click here HR 2510.

S 747 & HR 1768  – Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)

Introduced 3/12/19 by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and 3/14/19 by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)

  • Reauthorizes the diesel emissions reduction program until 2024.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here for S 747 and click here for HR 1768.

S 993 & HR 2042 – Electric Credit Access Ready at Sale (Electric CARS) Act

Introduced 4/2/19 by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and 4/2/19 by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)

  • Modifies and extends various tax credits for electric cars.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here for S 993 and click here for HR 2024.

S 1022 – Greener Air Standards Mean Our National Security, Environment, and Youth (GAS MONEY) Saved Act

Introduced 4/3/19 by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA)

  • Provides that the joint EPA-NHTSA 2012 final rule establishing light-duty vehicle (LDV) greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel economy standards and EPA’s January 2017 Final Determination on the required Mid-term Evaluation of light-duty vehicle standards for model years (MY) 2012-2025, reaffirming those standards, shall have the force and effect of law.
  • Prevents EPA from issuing any rule or taking any action that would effectively reduce the stringency of the LDV GHG emission standards required through 2025.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

S 1094 & HR 2256 – Driving America Forward Act

Introduced 4/9/19 by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and 4/10/19 by Rep. Daniel Kildee (D-MI)

  • Expands the tax credit for new plug-in electric vehicles and extends the tax credit for new fuel cell vehicles.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here for S 1094 and click here for HR 2256.

S 1487 & HR 2764 – Zero-Emission Vehicles Act

Introduced 5/15/19 by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and 5/15/19 by Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA)

  • Creates a national zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standard.
  • Requires that by 2030, ZEVs comprise 50 percent of sales of new passenger vehicles; ramps up this requirement by 5 percent per year to 100 percent in 2040.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here for S 1487 and click here for HR 2764.

S 1750 – Clean School Bus Act

Introduced 6/5/19 by Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)

  • Authorizes $200 million per year for five years (2020 to 2024) for a Clean School Bus Grant Program run by the U.S. Department of Energy to accelerate electrification of the nation’s school bus fleet.
  • Provides for grants of up to $2 million each to replace diesel school buses with electric ones, invest in charging infrastructure and support development of the workforce.
  • Prioritizes grant applications for initiatives that serve lower-income students, replace the most polluting buses and leverage funding to achieve additional reductions in emissions.

 For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

PERFLUOROALKYL AND POLYFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES (PFAS)

HR 535 & S 638 – PFAS Action Act

Introduced 1/14/19 by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and 2/28/19 by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)

  • Requires the EPA Administrator to designate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here for HR 535 and click here for S 638.

HR 1976 & S 950 – PFAS Detection Act

Introduced 3/28/19 by Rep. Daniel Kildee (D-MI) and 3/28/19 by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

  • Requires the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey to develop a performance standard for the detection of perfluorinated compounds and conduct a nationwide survey of perfluorinated compounds.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here for HR 1976 and click here for S 950.

S 1507 – PFAS Release Disclosure Act

Introduced 5/16/19 by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

  • Adds certain PFAS to the Toxics Release Inventory.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

PERMITTING

HR 172 – New Source Review Permitting Improvement Act

Introduced 1/3/19 by Rep. H. Morgan Griffith (R-VA)

  • Amends the Clean Air Act to clarify when a physical change in, or a change in the method of operation of, a stationary source constitutes a modification or construction.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

REGULATORY REFORM

HR 300 – Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act

Introduced 1/8/19 by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)

  • Requires EPA and other federal agencies to conduct more detailed analyses of the costs that proposed regulations would impose on businesses and on state, local and tribal governments, and to provide greater transparency about unfunded federal mandates.
  • Expands the scope of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) by requiring independent agencies to comply with its requirements; adding stricter and more detailed criteria for assessing the costs that federal mandates would impose on the public and private sectors; requiring all UMRA statements and summaries to be “detailed”; and requiring agencies to consult with the private sector, including small businesses, in the development of regulatory proposals containing significant federal mandates.
  • Allows any House or Senate committee to require an agency to conduct a retrospective analysis of an existing regulation, and expands judicial review under UMRA to include review relating to agencies’ cost analyses and selection of the least costly or least burdensome alternative to a regulatory mandate.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

S 92 – Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act

Introduced 1/10/19 by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

  • Requires Congress to approve any proposed or interim final "major" regulation before it becomes effective and provides that votes on affected rules must occur within 70 legislative days; if both chambers fail to act within this timeframe, however, any rule in question would be tabled.
  • Defines a “major” regulation as one that the Office of Management and Budget finds has resulted in, or is likely to result in, an annual effect on the economy of $100,000,000 or more; a major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, federal, state, or local government agencies or geographic regions; or significant adverse impacts on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation or on the ability of United States based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises in domestic and export markets.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

RESIDENTIAL WOOD HEATERS

HR 1281 – Stop EPA Overregulation of Rural Americans Act

Introduced 2/14/19 by Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC)

  • Repeals EPA's March 16, 2015 final rule establishing New Source Performance Standards for residential wood heating devices.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

HR 2043 – Home Owner Managing Energy Savings (HOMES) Act

Introduced 4/3/19 by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)

  • Establishes a program, administered by the Department of Energy, to provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements.
  • Offers homeowners who demonstrate at least a 20-percent energy savings with a $2,500 rebate and those who demonstrate at least a 40-percent energy savings with a $5,000 rebate.
  • Defines “qualified home energy efficiency expenditure” to include to any amount paid or incurred by a homeowner for the purchase or installation of a biomass, wood or wood pellet furnace, boiler or stove provided specific requirements are met, as stipulated in section 8(c) of the bill.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

HR 2741 – Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s America (LIFT) America Act

Introduced 5/15/19 by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)

  •  A broad omnibus infrastructure bill that incorporates the wood heating device rebate provisions of HR 2043 (the HOMES Act).

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

TOXIC AIR POLLUTION

HR 436 – Fracking Disclosure and Safety Act

Introduced 1/10/19 by Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL)

  • Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior and the EPA Administrator to regulate hydraulic fracturing.
  • Reestablishes certain rules and standards relevant to fracturing, including ones related to the Clean Air Act (CAA).
  • Repeals the exemption for aggregation of emissions from oil and gas sources.
  • Requires the EPA Administrator to issue a final rule adding hydrogen sulfide to the list of hazardous air pollutants under section 112(b) of the CAA and to revise the list under section 112(c) of the CAA to include categories and subcategories of major sources and area sources of hydrogen sulfide, including oil and gas wells.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

HR 585 – Bringing Reductions to Energy’s Airborne Toxic Health Effects (BREATHE) Act

Introduced 1/16/19 by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)

  • Amends the Clean Air Act (CAA) to revise requirements for hazardous air pollutants.
  • Allows emissions from oil or gas exploration or production wells and emissions from pipeline compressors or pump stations to be aggregated with emissions from other similar sources and regulated as a major source of toxic air pollutants.
  • Allows emissions from wells to be aggregated for purposes of emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants.
  • Allows emissions from oil or gas production to be regulated as an area source of toxic air pollution.
  • Requires the EPA Administrator to issue a final rule adding hydrogen sulfide to the list of hazardous air pollutants under section 112(b) of the CAA and to revise the list under section 112(c) of the CAA to include categories and subcategories of major sources and area sources of hydrogen sulfide, including oil and gas wells.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.

S 181 – Comprehensive National Mercury Monitory Act

Introduced 1/17/19 by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)

  • Calls for EPA to work with other federal agencies to establish a national mercury monitoring program that tracks mercury levels in the air and watersheds, water and soil chemistry and marine, freshwater and terrestrial organisms.
  • Establishes a scientific advisory committee to advise on the siting, measurement and other protocols of the monitoring program.
  • Establishes a centralized database on the Internet for environmental mercury information that includes data that is compatible with similar international efforts.
  • Requires a report to Congress every two years.

For more information on this legislation, including bill text and status, click here.