US HB7279 | 2017-2018 | 115th Congress


Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill
Status: Enrolled on January 2 2019 - 75% progression, died in chamber
Action: 2019-01-02 - Presented to President.
Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [PDF]


Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (Sec. 3) This bill amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to allow municipalities to develop a plan that integrates wastewater and stormwater management. A permit for a municipal discharge under the national pollutant discharge elimination system that incorporates an integrated plan may integrate all requirements under the Act addressed in the plan, such as requirements relating to combined sewer overflows, sanitary sewer collection systems, and total maximum daily loads. A plan that is incorporated into a permit may include the implementation of green infrastructure and projects to reclaim, recycle, or reuse water. Green infrastructure includes measures that mimic natural processes to store, reuse, or reduce stormwater. Those permits may include a schedule of compliance that allows actions for meeting water quality-based effluent limitations to be implemented over more than one permit term if the compliance schedules are authorized by state water quality standards. A municipality under an administrative order or settlement agreement may request a modification of the order or settlement based on the municipality's integrated plan. The EPA must report on each integrated plan developed and implemented through a permit, order, or judicial consent decree since June 5, 2012, including a description of the control measures, levels of control, estimated costs, and compliance schedules for the requirements implemented through such a plan. (Sec. 4) The bill establishes an Office of the Municipal Ombudsman in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide: (1) technical assistance to municipalities seeking to comply with the Clean Water Act, and (2) information to the EPA to ensure that agency policies are implemented by all EPA offices. (Sec. 5) The EPA must promote the use of green infrastructure.

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Water Infrastructure Improvement Act


Roll Calls

2018-12-19 - House - On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill RC# 441 (Y: 351 N: 10 NV: 71 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2019-01-02SenatePresented to President.
2018-12-22SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
2018-12-22SenatePassed Senate without amendment by Voice Vote. (consideration: CR S8036)
2018-12-20SenateReceived in the Senate, read twice.
2018-12-19HouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2018-12-19HouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 351 - 10 (Roll no. 441). (text: CR H10288-10289)
2018-12-19HouseConsidered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H10317)
2018-12-19HouseAt the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Massie objected to the Yea - Nay vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.
2018-12-19HouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 7279.
2018-12-19HouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H10288-10291)
2018-12-19HouseMr. Gibbs moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
2018-12-13HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
2018-12-12HouseReferred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
2018-12-12HouseIntroduced in House

Same As/Similar To

HB1971 (Related) 2017-04-07 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
HB2355 (Related) 2017-05-05 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Environment.
SB692 (Related) 2017-10-13 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Environment.


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