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S.971: Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about environmental protection
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Sponsor Ron Wyden, D-Ore.
Total Cosponsors 21 (10 Democrats, 1 Independent, 10 Republicans)
Introduced May 16, 2013
Latest Major Action May 16, 2013
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Bill Summary

Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act - Amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from requiring, or from promulgating regulations that direct a state to require, a permit under the national pollutant discharge elimination system for a discharge of stormwater runoff resulting from the conduct of the following silvicultural activities: nursery operations, site preparation, reforestation, thinning, prescribed burning, pest and fire control, harvesting operations, surface drainage, and road use, construction, and maintenance.

Specifies that nothing in this Act exempts a silvicultural activity resulting in the discharge of dredged of fill material from permit requirements for discharges into navigable waters.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
May 16, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. (text of measure as introduced: CR S3573)