Recent Federal Bills

Below are summaries of Bills Introduced, Committee Reports, Chamber Actions, and Public Laws reported in the most recent issue of ELR's Weekly Update.

would expand geothermal production, among other purposes.

The bill would amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize volunteer programs and community partnerships for national wildlife refuges.

The bill would amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish within EPA a Columbia Basin Restoration Program.

The bill would amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to reauthorize and modify provisions relating to the diesel emissions reduction program.

The bill would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to reduce lead in drinking water.

The bill would authorize the establishment of a Maritime Center of Expertise for Maritime Oil Spill and Hazardous Substance Release Response.

The bill would improve the ability of NOAA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and coastal states to sustain healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems by maintaining and sustaining their capabilities relating to oil spill preparedness, prevention, response, restoration, and research.

The bill would amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify federal responsibility for stormwater pollution.

The bill would establish uniform administrative and enforcement procedures and penalties for the enforcement of the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act and similar statutes.

The bill would establish a program of research, recovery, and other activities to provide for the recovery of the southern sea otter.