Protecting Water and Property Rights Act of 2014
On the 19th of June, Sen. John Barrasso, of Wyoming, introduced a bill that was titled “Protecting Water and Property Rights Act of 2014”. This bill currently has 35 co-sponsors, which are:
Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN), Sen. Roy Blunt (MO), Sen. John Boozman (AR), Sen. Richard Burr (NC), Sen. Saxby Chambliss (GA), Sen. Daniel Coats (IN), Sen. Tom Coburn (OK), Sen. Thad Cochran (MS), Sen. John Cornyn (TX), Sen. Mike Crapo (ID), Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Sen. Michael Enzi (WY), Sen. Deb Fischer (NE), Sen. Jeff Flake (AZ), Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA), Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT), Sen. Dean Heller (NV), Sen. John Hoeven (ND), Sen. James Inhofe (OK), Sen. Johnny Isakson (GA), Sen. Mike Johanns (NE), Sen. Mike Lee (UT), Sen. John McCain (AZ), Sen. Mitch McConnell (KY), Sen. Jerry Moran (KS), Sen. Rand Paul (KY), Sen. James Risch (ID), Sen. Pat Roberts (KS), Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), Sen. Tim Scott (SC), Sen. Jeff Sessions (AL), Sen. John Thune (SD), Sen. Pat Toomey (PA), Sen. David Vitter (LA), and Sen. Roger Wicker (MS).
So far it has been read twice and sent to the committee on Enviornment and Public Works, wherre it remains today.
Here is the text of the bill and the rule as printed in the Federal Register.
S.2496 — Protecting Water and Property Rights Act of 2014
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 19, 2014
To preserve existing rights and responsibilities with respect to waters of the United States.
(2) use the proposed rule above, or any substantially similar proposed rule or guidance, as the basis for any rulemaking or any decision regarding the scope or enforcement of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
The agencies propose to define the “waters of the United States” for all sections of the Clean Water Act to mean:
All interstate waters, including interstate wetlands;
The territorial seas;
All impoundments of a traditional navigable water, interstate water, the territorial seas or a tributary;
All tributaries of a traditional navigable water, interstate water, the territorial seas or impoundment;
All waters, including wetlands, adjacent to a traditional navigable water, interstate water, the territorial seas, impoundment or tributary; and
On a case-specific basis, other waters, including wetlands, provided that those waters alone, or in combination with other similarly situated waters, including wetlands, located in the same region, have a significant nexus to a traditional navigable water, interstate water or the territorial seas.