This bill, penned by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to approve or deny coal mining permits related to water pollution regulations within 270 days. For valley filling, the EPA would have a year to make an environmental assessment. On average, such assessments currently take three years. Notably, the bill's language would mandate broad Congressional oversight of regulations related to carbon pollution standards, prohibiting "the head of a federal agency from promulgating any regulation relating to power sector carbon pollution standards or any substantially similar regulation" without Congressional approval and backdating the prohibition to June 25th, 2013.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The house has not voted
- The senate has not votedIntroducedSeptember 17th, 2013