S.1781: General Duty Clarification Act of 2013

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about environmental protection
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Sponsor David Vitter, R-La.
Total Cosponsors 2 (All Republicans)
Introduced Dec. 9, 2013
Latest Major Action Dec. 9, 2013
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Bill Summary

General Duty Clarification Act of 2013 - Amends the Clean Air Act, with respect to provisions relating to the prevention of accidental releases of hazardous air pollutants, to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to: (1) promulgate final regulations establishing criteria defining the terms "extremely hazardous substance," "appropriate hazard assessment techniques," and "design and maintain a safe facility"; and (2) issue guidelines to ensure enforcement of such provisions by the regional offices of EPA in a uniform and appropriate manner across all regions of the United States.

Modifies the definition of "accidental release" to exclude an emission resulting from an act intended to cause harm.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 9, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.