H.R. 2279, ‘‘Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act of 2013’’

Bill Status: 
Passed by House
Last Action: 
Jan 9, 2014

H.R. 2279 was formally introduced on June 6, 2013, by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO). The bill moved through the Committee on Energy and Commerce with a hearing in May 2013 and a subcommittee and full committee markup, both held in June 2013.  H.R. 2279 would weaken the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) by removing a requirement to review regulations every three years.  It amends the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Liability, and Compensation Act (CERCLA), also known as the Superfund, by unnecessarily complicating the process of establishing federal financial responsibility requirements for most polluting industries.  The resulting effect is that the requirements are not enforced in some states, leaving cleanup costs to taxpayers.

The bill was amended January 2014 to reflect a compilation of three separate bills, reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce along party-line votes:  H.R. 2279, H.R. 2226 and H.R. 2318.  This anti-environment legislation would reduce the number of Superfund cleanups accomplished each year and allow polluters to escape responsibility for the pollution they have caused.

H.R. 2279 was passed by the House on January 9, 2014. 

113th Congress