• On July 30, Senators Carl Levin (D-MI), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced S. 1388, the Petroleum Coke Transparency and Public Health Safety Act. The bill would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to study the impact of petcoke on the environment and public health.
  • The same day, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced S. 1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013. The bipartisan energy efficiency bill is an updated version of S. 761.
  • The same day, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced S. 1397, the Federal Permitting Improvement Act of 2013. The bill would establish a council to examine the best ways to streamline the federal permitting process for energy, manufacturing, and transportation projects larger than $25 million.
  • The same day, Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chris Stewart (R-UT), and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) introduced H.R. 2850, a bill to require certain conduct procedures by the Environmental Protection Agency as it investigates the potential impacts of fracking on drinking water.
  • The same day, Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) introduced H.R. 2861, a bill to require the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to retain and redistribute certain amounts collected as fines.
  • The same day, Representative Donald Payne (D-NJ) introduced H.R. 2863, a bill to provide assistance to small businesses providing low-income individuals with green jobs.
  • On July 31, Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) introduced S. 1401, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act. The measure brings together 12 energy bills. Initiatives contained in the legislation include an American Energy Development Plan, weather site testing for offshore wind projects, streamlining of energy project permits, and opening up the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska.
  • The same day, Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and John Hoeven (R-ND) introduced S.Con.Res. 21, a concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the approval and construction of the Keystone XL pipeline are in the public’s interest.
  • The same day, Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) introduced H.R. 2873, the E3 Initiative Evaluation Act. The bill would require a GAO study on the Economy, Energy, and Environment Initiative to Support Sustainable Manufacturing.
  • The same day, Representatives Bill Flores (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) introduced H.R. 2877, a bill to prevent taxes on natural gas pipeline property.
  • The same day, Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) introduced H.R. 2896, a bill to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) to modify grant provisions.
  • On August 1, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced S. 1419, the Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Act of 2013. The bill would designate the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as the lead federal agency to coordinate environmental reviews of hydropower projects; it would also reauthorize several Department of Energy marine and hydrokinetic research and development programs.
  • On August 2, Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced H.R. 2983, the Safe Hydration is an American Right in Energy Development Act. The bill would require water source testing near fracking sites; the results would be publicly disclosed.
  • The same day, Representative Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced H.R. 2987, a bill to phasedown the wind production tax credit.
  • The same day, Representatives Paul Cook (R-CA) and Matt Salmon (R-AZ) introduced H.R. 3017, a bill to change the deadline for the solar investment tax credit from "placed in service" to "commence construction."
  • The same day, Representative Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jim Matheson (D-CO), and Chris Stewart (R-UT) introduced H.R. 3023, a bill to facilitate water leasing and water transfers to promote conservation and efficiency.
  • The same day, Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Chris Gibson (R-NY) introduced H.R. 3057, a bill to modify the qualified fuel cell motor vehicles tax credit and to extend the credit to off-highway vehicles.