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Hill Update from the Great Lakes Task Force - Bill Summaries



Bills Introduced In the 106th Congress Relating to Great Lakes interests.  This 
document reflects only legislation introduced or on which action has been taken 
since 4/21/99.  Information drawn in part from Legislative Information Systems.

Clean Air
H.R.1367  Sponsor: Rep Franks, Bob (4/12/99)  A bill to amend section 211 of the
CAA to prohibit the use of the fuel additive MTBE in gasoline. Referred 
Commerce: SC Health & Environment.

H.R.1395  Sp: Rep Hunter (4/13/99) 16 cosponsors.  A bill to amend the CAA to 
suspend the application of certain motor vehicle fuel requirements in areas 
within the State of CA during certain periods in order to reduce the retail cost
of gas, and for other purposes. Referred Commerce: SC Health & Environment.

H.R.1705  Sp: Rep Pallone (5/05/99)  A bill to amend the CAA to waive the oxygen
content requirement for reformulated gas and to phase out the use of MTBE, and 
for other purposes.  Referred to Commerce.

S.880  Sp: Sen Inhofe (4/26/99) 3 cosponsors. A bill to amend the CAA to remove 
flammable fuels from the list of substances with respect to which reporting and 
other activities are required under the risk management plan program.  Referred 
EPW.  5/11/99 Ordered reported (amended).

H.R.1626  Sp: Rep Baker, Richard (4/29/99)  A bill to amend the CAA to repeal 
the highway sanctions. Referred Commerce.

H.R.1755  Sp: Rep Filner (5/11/99)  A bill to provide for reimbursing the States
for the cost incurred by the States in implementing the Border Smog Reduction 
Act of 1998. Referred Commerce.

Clean Water
S.623  Sp: Sen Conrad (3/16/99) 1 cosponsor.  A bill to amend Public Law 89-108 
to increase authorization levels for State and Indian tribal,  municipal, rural,
and industrial water supplies, to meet current and future water quantity and 
quality needs of the Red River Valley, to deauthorize certain project features 
and irrigation service areas, to enhance natural resources and fish and wildlife
habitat, and for other purposes.  Discharged by EPW.  Referred to ENR: SC Water 
& Power.  5/27/99 Hearing scheduled.

S.914 Sp: Sen Smith, Bob (4/29/99) 8 cosponsors.  A bill to amend the Federal 
Water Pollution Control Act to require that discharges from combined storm and 
sanitary sewers conform to the Combined Sewer Overflow Control Policy of the 
EPA, and for other purposes.  Referred EPW.

S.968  Sp: Sen Graham, Bob (5/05/99) 4 cosponsors. A bill to authorize the 
Administrator of the EPA to make grants to State agencies with responsibility 
for water source development, for the purposes of maximizing the available water
supply and protecting the environment through the development of alternative 
water sources, and for other purposes.  Referred EPW.

H.R.1492  Sp: Rep Miller, Gary (4/20/99)  A bill to amend the SDWA to provide 
for parity between private entities and  public entities with respect to civil 
actions against the entities that arise from the ownership or operation of 
public water systems. Referred Commerce: SC Health & Environment.

H.R.1549  Sp: Rep Visclosky (4/22/99) 45 cosponsors. A bill to amend the Federal
Water Pollution Control Act to establish a National Clean Water Trust Fund and 
to authorize the Administrator of the EPA to use amounts in that Fund to carry 
out projects to restore and recover waters of the US from damages resulting from
violations of that Act, and for other purposes. Referred T&I.

H.R.1674  Sp: Rep Miller, Gary (5/04/99)  A bill to amend the SDWA with respect 
to civil actions against public waters systems that are in compliance with 
national drinking water regulations promulgated by the Administrator of the EPA.
Referred Commerce.

H.R.1712  Sp: Rep Stupak (5/05/99) 2 cosponsors. A bill to amend the Federal 
Water Pollution Control Act to authorize an estrogenic substances screening 
program. Referred Commerce, and T&I.

CERCLA/Brownfields
H.R.1300  Sp: Rep Boehlert (3/25/99) 51 cosponsors.  A bill to amend the CERCLA 
of 1980 to promote brownfields redevelopment, to reauthorize and reform the 
Superfund program, and for other purposes. Referred Commerce SC Finance & 
Hazmat, and T&I SC WRE, and Ways and Means.  5/12/99 SC WRE held hearings.

H.R.1418  Sp: Rep Menendez (4/14/99)  A bill to amend the CERCLA of 1980 
concerning liability for the sale of certain facilities for residential use. 
Referred Commerce: SC Finance & HazMat, and T&I.  

H.R.1537  Sp: Rep Quinn(4/22/99)  A bill to amend the CERCLA of 1980 to provide 
for the development and use of brownfields, and for other purposes. Referred 
Commerce: SC Finance & HazMat, and T&I, and Ways and Means.

H.R.1630  Sp: Rep Coyne (4/29/99) 3 cosponsors. A bill to amend the Internal 
Revenue Code of 1986 to extend permanently environmental remediation costs. 
Referred Ways and Means.

H.R.1750  Sp: Rep Towns (5/11/99) 150 cosponsors. A bill to assist local 
governments in assessing and remediating brownfield sites, to amend the CERCLA 
of 1980 to encourage State voluntary response programs for remediating such 
sites, and for other purposes. Referred Commerce, and T&I.

H.R.1756  Sp: Rep Franks, Bob (5/11/99) 5 cosponsors. A bill to provide for 
comprehensive brownfields assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment. Referred 
Commerce, and Ways and Means, and Small Business

Solid Waste
S.859 Sp: Sen Jeffords (4/22/99) 1 cosponsor. A bill to amend the Solid Waste 
Disposal Act to require a refund value for certain beverage containers, to 
provide resources for State pollution prevention and recycling programs, and for
other purposes.  Referred EPW.

S.872  Sp: Sen Voinovich (4/22/99) 5 cosponsors. A bill to impose certain limits
on the receipt of out-of-State municipal solid waste, to authorize State and 
local controls over the flow of municipal solid waste, and for other purposes.  
Referred EPW.

Other Pollution/Remediation
S.1037  Sp: Sen Boxer (5/13/99)  A bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control 
Act to provide for a gradual reduction in the use of methyl tertiary butyl 
ether, and for other purposes.  Referred EPW.

H.R.1510  Sp: Rep Lewis, John (4/21/99) 19 cosponsors. A bill to promote 
environmental justice, public health, and pollution reduction efforts. Referred 
Commerce: SC Health & Env., SC Finance & HazMat, and T&I, and Ag: SC Nutrition &
Forestry, and Resources: SC Natl Parks.

H.R.1582  Sp: Rep Neal (4/27/99)  A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on a 
certain chemical - triethyleneglycol bis(2-ethyl hexanoate).  Referred Ways and 
Means.

H.R.1657  Sp: Rep Waxman (5/03/99) 126 cosponsors. A bill to disclose 
environmental risks to children's health and expand the public's right to know 
about toxic chemical use and release, and for other purposes. Referred Commerce.

H.R.1701  Sp: Rep McDermott (5/05/99)  A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on
certain polyethylene base materials. Referred Ways and Means.

H.R.1790  Sp: Rep Bliley (5/13/99)  A bill to provide for public disclosure of 
accidental release scenario information in risk management plans, and for other 
purposes. Referred Commerce, Government Reform, and Judiciary.

Coastal Conservation - Outer Continental Shelf
S.25  Sp: Sen Landrieu (1/19/99) 15 cosponsors.  A bill to provide Coastal 
Impact Assistance to State and local governments, to amend the Outer Continental
Shelf Lands Act Amendments of 1978, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 
1965, the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Act, and the Federal Aid in 
Wildlife Restoration Act to establish a fund to meet the outdoor conservation 
and recreation needs of the American people, and for other purposes.  Referred 
E&NR. Hearings held 1/27/99.  Further hearing scheduled 4/27/99.

S.446  Sp: Sen Boxer (2/23/99) 7 cosponsors. A bill to provide for the permanent
protection of the resources of the US in the year 2000 and beyond. Referred to 
the Committee on E & NR.  Hearing held 4/20/99. 

S.532  Sp: Sen Feinstein (3/04/99) w/1 cosponsor.  A bill to provide increased 
funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Urban Parks and Recreation 
Recovery Programs, to resume the funding of the State grants program of the Land
and Water Conservation Fund, and to provide for the acquisition and development 
of conservation and recreation facilities and programs in urban areas, and for 
other purposes.  Referred ENR. 4/20/99 Hearing held. 

Coastal Conservation - Coastal Barriers
S.574  Sp: Sen Biden (3/10/99)  A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior 
to make corrections to a map relating to the Coastal Barrier Resources System.  
3/26/99 EPW ordered to be reported without amendment favorably S Rept 106-39. 
4/22/99 Passed Senate by Unanimous Consent.  Referred Resources: SC FWO.

H.R.34  Sp: Rep Goss (1/06/99)  A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior 
to make technical corrections to a map relating to the Coastal Barrier Resources
System. Referred Resources, SC FWO.  5/6/99 SC Hearings held.

H.R.535  Sp: Rep Castle (2/03/99)  A bill to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to make corrections to a map relating to the Coastal Barrier Resources 
System. Referred Resources, SC FWO.  5/6/99 SC Hearings held.

H.R.1431  Sp: Rep Saxton (4/15/99)  A bill to reauthorize and amend the Coastal 
Barrier Resources Act. Referred Resources: SC FWO.  5/6/99 SC Hearings held.

H.R.1489  Sp: Rep Jones, Walter (4/20/99)  A bill to clarify boundaries on maps 
related to the Coastal Barrier Resources System.  Referred Resources: SC FWO.  
5/6/99 SC Hearings held.

Coastal Conservation - Other
S.835  Sp: Sen Chafee (4/20/99) 19 cosponsors. A bill to encourage the 
restoration of estuary habitat through more efficient project financing and 
enhanced coordination of Federal and non-Federal restoration programs, and for 
other purposes.  Referred EPW.

S.878 Sp: Sen Torricelli (4/26/99) 10 cosponsors. A bill to amend the Federal 
Water Pollution Control Act to permit grants for the national estuary program to
be used for the development and implementation of a comprehensive conservation 
and management plan, to reauthorize appropriations to carry out the program, and
for other purposes. Referred EPW.

S.959  Sp: Sen Hollings (5/05/99) 14 cosponsors. A bill to establish a National 
Ocean Council, a Commission on Ocean Policy, and for other purposes.  Referred 
Commerce.

H.R.999  Sp: Rep Bilbray (3/04/99) 10 cosponsors. A bill to amend the Federal 
Water Pollution Control Act to improve the quality of coastal recreation waters,
and for other purposes. Referred T&I: Subcommittee on WRE.  4/19/99 Reported by 
Full Committee H. Rept. 106-98. 4/22/99 Passed House (amended) by voice vote.

H.R.1243  Sp: Rep Saxton (3/24/99)  A bill to reauthorize the National Marine 
Sanctuaries Act. Referred Resources, SC FWO.  Executive Comment Requested from 
Commerce.  5/6/99 SC Hearings held.

H.R.1372  Sp: Rep Pallone (4/12/99) 6 cosponsors.  A bill to prohibit the 
Interior Department from expending any funds for a mid-Atlantic coast offshore 
oil and gas lease sale. Referred Resources: SC Energy & Mineral Resources.  
Executive Comment Requested from Interior.

H.R.1578  Sp: Rep Hostettler (4/27/99) 10 cosponsors. A bill to amend the 
wetland conservation provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985 and the Federal
Water Pollution Control Act to permit the unimpeded use of privately owned crop,
range, and pasture lands that have been used for the planting of crops or the 
grazing of livestock in at least five of preceding ten years. Referred T&I, and 
Ag SC General Farm Commodities, Resource Conservation and Credit. Executive 
Comment Requested from USDA.

Farm Protection
S.839  Sp: Sen Kerrey (4/20/99) 5 cosponsors. A bill to restore and improve the 
farmer owned reserve program.  Referred Agriculture.

H.R.1493  Sp: Rep Nussle (4/20/99)  A bill to amend the Omnibus Parks and Public
Lands Management Act of 1996 to transfer Federal participation in the America's 
Agricultural Heritage Partnership in the State of Iowa to the Secretary of the 
Interior, and for other purposes. Referred Resources: SC National Parks.  
Executive Comment Requested from Interior.

Other Conservation
S.935  Sp: Sen Lugar (4/30/99)  A bill to amend the National Agricultural 
Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 to authorize research to 
promote the conversion of biomass into biobased industrial products, and for 
other purposes. Referred Agriculture.

H.R.883  Sp: Rep Young, Don (3/01/99) 183 cosponsors.  A bill to preserve the 
sovereignty of the United States over public lands and acquired lands owned by 
the United States, and to preserve State sovereignty and private property rights
in non-Federal lands surrounding those public lands and acquired lands. Referred
Resources. Mar 4, 99: Executive Comment Requested from Interior, State.  3/18/99
Hearings held.  5/13/99 Reported by Committee H. Rept. 106-142.  Placed on the 
Union Calendar #81.

H.R.1258  Sp: Rep Hansen (3/24/99) 17 cosponsors.  A bill to accelerate the 
Wilderness designation process by establishing a timetable for the completion of
wilderness studies on Federal Lands. Referred Resources: SC National Parks.

H.R.1284  Sp: Rep Young, Don (3/25/99) 3 cosponsors. A bill to provide for 
protection of the MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge and endangered species and 
other protected species of fish and wildlife that inhabit or use that refuge, to
ensure that scarce wildlife refuge land in and around the Minneapolis, MN, 
metropolitan area is not subjected to physical or auditory impairment, and to 
ensure that the NEPA of 1969 is adequately implemented. Referred Resources.  
Executive Comment Requested from Interior.

H.R.1490  Sp: Rep Kolbe (4/20/99)  A bill to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to set aside up to $2 per person from park entrance fees or assess up 
to $2 per person visiting the Grand Canyon or another national park to secure 
bonds for capital improvements to the park, and for other purposes. Referred 
Resources: SC National Parks.  Executive Comment requested from Interior.

H.R.1500  Sp: Rep Hansen (4/21/99) 17 cosponsors. A bill to accelerate the 
Wilderness designation process by establishing a timetable for the completion of
wilderness studies on Federal Lands. Referred Resources: SC National Parks.

Endangered Species
H.R.1763  Sp: Rep Calvert (5/12/99)  A bill to amend the ESA of 1973 to provide 
that the cost of mitigation required under that Act for a public construction 
project may not exceed 10 percent of the total project costs. Referred 
Resources.

Invasive Species
S.910  Sp: Sen Craig (4/29/99)  A bill to streamline, modernize, and enhance the
authority of the Secretary of Ag relating to plant protection and quarantine, 
and for other purposes. Referred Ag.

H.R.1504  Sp: Rep Canady (4/21/99) 9 cosponsors. A bill to streamline, 
modernize, and enhance the authority of the Secretary of Ag relating to plant 
protection and quarantine, and for other purposes. Referred Ag, Judiciary, 
Resources: SC National Parks, SC Forests, and Ways and Means.  Executive comment
requested from USDA and Interior.

Maritime
S.920  Sp: Sen Hutchison, Kay Bailey (4/29/99) 4 cosponsors.  A bill to 
authorize appropriations for the Federal Maritime Commission for fiscal years 
2000 and 2001.  Referred Commerce.  5/5/99 Ordered reported (amended)

S.1032  Sp: Sen Brownback (5/13/99) 5 cosponsors. A bill to permit ships built 
in foreign countries to engage in coastwise trade in the transport of 
certain products.  Referred Commerce.
     
H.R.248  Sp: Rep Sanford (1/06/99) 1 cosponsor.  A bill to permit the 
transportation of passengers between United States ports by certain 
foreign-flag vessels and to encourage US-flag vessels to participate in 
such transportation. Referred T&I, SC Coast Guard, Armed Services.  
Executive Comment Requested from DOT.

H.R.1557  Sp: Rep Bateman (4/26/99) 1 cosponsor. A bill to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal years 2000 and 2001 for certain maritime programs 
of the Dept Transportation, and for other purposes. Referred Armed 
Services.

WRDA
H.R.1480  Sp: Rep Shuster (4/20/99)  A bill to provide for the conservation 
and development of water and related resources, to authorize the US Army 
Corps of Engineers to construct various projects for improvements to rivers 
and harbors of the US, and for other purposes.  Referred T&I: SC WRE, and 
Resources.  4/26/99 Reported by T&I H. Rept. 106-106.  4/28/99 Amended by 
H. Res. 154.  4/29/99 passed by Yeas and Nays 418-5 (Roll Call Vote Number 
104).  Placed on Senate Calendar #103. 

Mapping
S.607  Sp: Sen Craig (3/15/99) 2 cosponsors.  A bill reauthorize and amend 
the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992.  Referred Energy and Natural 
Resources.  SC Forests Hearing held 4/28/99.

H.R.1528  Sp: Rep Cubin (4/22/99) 5 cosponsors. A bill to reauthorize and 
amend the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992. Referred Resources: SC 
Energy and Mineral Resources.  Executive comment requested from Interior.

Disaster Assistance
H.R.1711  Sp: Rep Shuster (5/05/99) 3 cosponsors. A bill to amend the 
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to 
authorize programs for predisaster mitigation, to streamline the 
administration of disaster relief, to control the Federal costs of disaster 
assistance, and for other purposes. Referred T&I.

State Department Authorization
H.R.1211  Sp: Rep Smith, Christopher (3/22/99) 1 cosponsor. A bill to 
authorize appropriations for the Dept of State and related agencies for for 
the Dept of State and related agencies for fiscal years 2000 and 2001, and 
for other purposes. Referred International Relations: SC Internatl 
Operations and Human Rights. 4/29/99 Ordered reported by Full Committee.  
H. Rept. 106-122.  Placed on Union Calendar #65.

EPA Authorization
H.R.1742  Sp: Rep Calvert (5/10/99)  A bill to authorize appropriations for 
fiscal years 2000 and 2001 for the environmental and scientific research, 
development, and demonstration programs, projects, and activities of the 
Office of Research and Development and Science Advisory Board of the EPA, 
and for other purposes. Referred Science.

H.R.1743  Sp: Rep Calvert (5/10/99)  A bill to authorize appropriations for 
fiscal years 2000 and 2001 for the environmental and scientific and energy 
research, development, and demonstration & commercial application of energy 
technology programs, projects, and activities of the Office of Air and 
Radiation of the EPA, and for other purposes. Referred Science.

H.R.1744  Sp: Rep Morella (5/10/99)  A bill to authorize appropriations for 
the Natl Institute of Standards and Technology for FY 2000 and 2001, and 
for other purposes. Referred Science.

NOAA Reauthorization
H.R.1552  Sp: Rep Calvert (4/26/99)  A bill to authorize appropriations for 
FY 2000 and 2001 for the Marine Research and related environmental research 
and development program activities of NOAA and the NSF, and for other 
purposes. Referred Science 4/29/99 ordered reported (amended) by voice 
vote, and to Resources: SC FWO. 5/6/99 forwarded to Full committee.

H.R.1553  Sponsor: Rep Calvert (introduced 04/26/99)  A bill to authorize 
appropriations for FY 2000 and 2001 for the National Weather Service, 
Atmospheric Research, and National Environmental Satellite, Data and 
Information Service activities of NOAA, and for other purposes. Referred 
Science. Apr 29, 99: Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.


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