Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and Ben Cardin (D-MD), introduced the Commercial Building Modernization Act (S. 3591) September 20 to revise and extend the energy efficiency tax deduction under tax code 179D. If passed, the bill would extend the tax deduction from its current expiration date of December 31, 2013 to December 31, 2016.
Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Investment Tax Credit Integrity Act (S. 3610) September 21 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to deny the inclusion of any antidumping or countervailing duties in the determination of the basis of any energy tax credit property. Otherwise, consumers who had to pay the duty could add it to the cost of the technology and increase the tax credit to counterbalance the duties.
The same day, Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation (S. 3613) to promote research, monitoring, and observation of the Arctic.
Representative Rick Berg (R-ND) introduced legislation (H.R. 6501) September 21 to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from finalizing certain proposed Clean Air Act rules if a state regulatory authority gives notice that it will lead to a three percent or greater increase in the price of electricity for end-use consumers.
Representative Brian Bilbray (R-CA) introduced legislation (H.R. 6503) to promote the development of renewable energy on certain Federal land.
Representative Chip Cravaack (R-MN) introduced legislation (H.R. 6507) to provide that any state implementation plan submitted pursuant to the Clean Air Act to address impairment of visibility shall apply for the state until 2022 with respect to emissions from taconite ore processing facilities.
Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation (H.R. 6531) to amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to require a refund value to certain beverage containers, and to provide resources for state pollution prevention and recycling programs.
Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced legislation (H.R. 6545) to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to use the commercially available volume of cellulosic biofuel in establishing requirements for the renewable fuel standards program.
Representatives John Tierney (D-MA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation (H.R. 6554) September 26 that would prevent the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from relicensing a nuclear plant until the facility has ten years or less remaining on its operating permit.