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13-S0971 on May 16, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act
Source: S.971 / H.R.2026
Congressional Summary:Amends the Clean Water Act to prohibit the EPA from requiring permits for a discharge of stormwater runoff resulting from silviculture activities.

Opponent's argument against bill: (Evergreen Magazine and Washington Forest Law Center): In Aug. 2010, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that polluted stormwater generated by logging roads is subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act. [The ruling meant] that rain runoff from forest roads constituted an industrial (not forestry) activity, which should be considered a "point source" discharge under the CWA. The lawsuit was brought because forest roads have been dumping sediment into rivers that support myriad species of salmon and resident trout, all of which are at risk from the pollution. The ruling will require State agencies to issue permits and ensure that road construction and maintenance practices limit or eliminate such discharges.

In March 2013, the US Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit: permits are not required for stormwater discharges from pipes, ditches and channels along logging roads. [This legislation supports the Supreme Court ruling, against the Ninth Circuit conclusion].

Proponent's argument for bill: (Press release by sponsors):

Sen. WYDEN (D-OR): "We need a healthy timber industry to provide timber jobs and to do the restoration work that ensures healthy forests. The way to do that is to stop litigating questions that have already been answered."

Sen. CRAPO (R-ID): "The jobs and economic activities relating to the forest products industry are critical to the Pacific Northwest. The Clean Water Act was not intended to regulate stormwater runoff on forest roads."

Rep. HERRERA BEUTLER (R-WA): "At the heart of our efforts are the moms and dads employed by healthy, working forests--and passing this law will help make sure they have jobs, and will help make our forests healthy."

Also see the related House of Representatives bill H.R.2026

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: EPA regulations are too restrictive Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Sponsored no EPA permits required for forest road runoff (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: No EPA permits required for forest road runoff (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Sponsored no EPA permits required for forest road runoff (Answer: A)
  • Headline 2: No EPA permits required for forest road runoff (Answer: A)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
    • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
    • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
    • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
    • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
    • E: Unsure

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 13-S0971

Max Baucus s2oMT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)May 16, 2013
Mark Begich s2oAK Democratic Jr SenatorJun 27, 2013
Al Franken s2oMN Democrat/DFL Jr SenatorJul 9, 2013
Kay Hagan s2oNC Democratic Jr SenatorJun 17, 2013
Amy Klobuchar s2oMN Democrat/DFL Sr SenatorJun 4, 2013
Claire McCaskill s2oMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state AuditorAug 1, 2013
Mark Pryor s2oAR Democratic Sr SenatorJul 23, 2013
Jeanne Shaheen s2oNH Democratic Sr SenatorJun 10, 2013
Ron Wyden s1pOR Democratic Sr SenatorMay 16, 2013

Republicans participating in 13-S0971

John Boozman s2oAR Republican Jr SenatorJun 4, 2013
Saxby Chambliss s2oGA Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Jun 27, 2013
Thad Cochran s2oMS Republican Sr SenatorJun 17, 2013
Susan Collins s2oME Republican Sr SenatorJun 4, 2013
John Cornyn s2oTX Republican Sr SenatorJun 10, 2013
Michael Crapo s2oID Republican Sr SenatorMay 16, 2013
Jim Risch s2oID Former Republican Governor (2006-2007); U.S. SenatorMay 16, 2013
Marco Rubio s2oFL Republican Jr Senator (Retiring 2016)Jul 17, 2013
John Thune s2oSD Republican Jr Senator; previously RepresentativeJun 10, 2013
David Vitter s2oLA Republican 2015 Gubernatorial candidateAug 1, 2013

Independents participating in 13-S0971

Angus King s2oME Former Independent Governor (1995-2002)Jun 4, 2013

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 9
Republicans: 10
Independents: 1

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