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News & Analysis In the Congress Volume 51, Issue 2

H.R. 4044

which would amend the FWPCA to reauthorize the National Estuary Program, was passed by the Senate.

Clean Water Act (CWA)

H.R. 9061

would amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to establish a credit to any bid for a lease that includes a commitment to use a project labor agreement.

Natural Resources (generally)

H.R. 9059

would require federal financial supervisory agencies to evaluate a financial institution’s record of meeting community environmentally sustainable investment needs as part of examinations.

Environmental Law and Policy/Governance

H.R. 9056

would amend the DOE Organization Act to secure the supply of critical energy resources, including critical minerals and other materials.

Energy (generally), Natural Resources (generally)

H.R. 9054

would advance clean power technology development and use through innovation and clean energy standards.

Energy (generally)

H.R. 3742

would amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to make supplemental funds available for management of fish and wildlife species of greatest conservation need as determined by state fish and wildlife agencies.


Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (PRWRA)

H.R. 3225

would amend the Mineral Leasing Act to make certain adjustments in leasing on federal lands for oil and gas drilling.

Natural Resources (generally)

S. 1982

which would improve efforts to combat marine debris, was signed by President Trump on December 18, 2020.

Waste (generally)

S. 1069

which would require the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of NOAA, to establish a constituent-driven program to provide a digital information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data with decision-support tools, training, and best practices, and support the collection of priority coastal geospatial data to inform and improve local, state, regional, and federal capacities to manage the coastal region, was signed by President Trump on December 18, 2020.

Environmental Law and Policy/Governance

S. 5081

would amend OPA to require oil polluters to pay the full cost of oil spills.

Oil Pollution Act (OPA)
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