S.571: Great Lakes Water Protection Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about environmental protection
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Sponsor Mark Steven Kirk, R-Ill.
Total Cosponsors 3 (All Democrats)
Introduced March 14, 2013
Latest Major Action July 16, 2014
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Bill Summary

Great Lakes Water Protection Act - Amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to prohibit a publicly owned treatment works (POTW) from performing a discharge (defined as an intentional diversion of waste streams to bypass any portion of a treatment facility which results in a discharge of untreated or partially treated sewage into the Great Lakes) unless: (1) the bypass is unavoidable to prevent loss of life, personal injury, or severe property damage, there is no feasible alternative, and the treatment works provides notice; or (2) the bypass does not cause effluent limitations to be exceeded and is for essential maintenance to ensure efficient operation of the treatment facility.

Requires a POTW to provide prior notice for any anticipated discharge, or notice as soon as practicable for any unanticipated discharge (but no later than two hours after a discharge begins for a POTW with an automated detection system or 12 hours aft...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
July 16, 2014 Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife. Hearings held.
March 14, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. (text of measure as introduced: CR S1860-1861)