• On September 17, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced S. 1508, the Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2013. The bill would allow for Environmental Protection Agency matching grants to local communities for 50 percent of projects designed to address the impacts of extreme weather events tied to climate change.
  • The same day, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced S. 1513, the High Technology Jobs Preservation Act. The bill would amend the Helium Act to complete the privatization of the federal helium reserve in a competitive market fashion.
  • The same day, Senator Mitch McConnell introduced S. 1514, the Saving Coal Jobs Act. The bill would require the Environmental Protection Agency New Source Performance Standards be approved by Congress.
  • On September 18, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) introduced S. 1519, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Reorganization Plan Codification and Complements Act. The bill would redistribute authority from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman to all five members. Representative Lee Terry (R-NE) introduced H.R. 3132, the House companion version.
  • The same day, Representative Bill Enyart (D-IL) introduced H.R. 3125, the Biofuels Development Act of 2013. The bill would create an Air Force pilot program to research a bio-based aviation fuel.
  • On September 19, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced S. 1528, the Comprehensive National Mercury Monitoring Act. The bill would establish a national mercury monitoring program.
  • The same day, Representatives Keith Rothfus (R-PA), Charlie Dent (P-PA), Lou Barletta (R-PA), and Glenn Thompson (R-PA) introduced H.R. 3138, the Satisfying Energy needs and Saving the Environment (ENSE) Act. The bill would provide that hydrogen chloride and sulfur dioxide limits set up by the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule do not apply to existing circulating fluidized bed facilities.
  • The same day, Representative Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and 9 cosponsors introduced H.R. 3140, a bill to prohibit Environmental Protection Agency carbon dioxide emissions standards for fossil fuel units from taking effect until the Administrator makes certain certifications.
  • On September 20, Representatives Sensenbrenner James (R-WI) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced H.R. 3157, a bill to ensure public access to published materials concerning scientific research and development activities funded by federal science agencies.
  • The same day, Representative Nick Rahall (D-WV) introduced H.Con.Res. 57, a concurrent resolution expressing opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule on new source performance standards.