|Introduced in House||Passed House||Introduced in Senate||Passed Senate||To President||Became Law|
Bridging Responsible Agricultural Conservation Efforts Act
116 HR 5799 IH: Bridging Responsible Agricultural Conservation Efforts Act U.S. House of Representatives 2020-02-07 text/xml EN Pursuant to Title 17 Section 105 of the United States Code, this file is not subject to copyright protection and is in the public domain. 1. This Act may be cited as the. Bridging Responsible Agricultural Conservation Efforts Act 2. In this Act: (1) The term Administratormeans the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. (2) The term Chief of Engineersmeans the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers. (3) The term Secretarymeans the Secretary of Agriculture. 3. (a) Section 404(f)(1)(A) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act ( 33 U.S.C. 1344(f)(1)(A)) is amended by strikingor upland soil and water conservation practicesand insertingupland soil and water conservation practices (including changing conservation systems), crop changes for soil management (including the use of haying and pasturing for the purpose of harvest or grazing), or activities and practices employed for purposes of expanding production in an operation. (b) Not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator and the Chief of Engineers, jointly with the Secretary, shall issue a rule to revise the regulations implementing section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reflect the amendment made by subsection (a). The rule shall also include activities and practices employed for purposes of expanding production in an operation, changing crops produced in an operation, and changing conservation systems in an operation. 4. (a) (1) (A) For purposes of section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the Chief of Engineers and the Administrator shall consider land to be prior converted cropland if the land has, at any time, been determined by the Secretary to be prior-converted cropland or commenced-conversion wetland under the Food Security Act of 1985. (B) In carrying out subparagraph (A), the Chief of Engineers and the Administrator may not consider any determination by the Secretary under the Food Security Act of 1985 that land previously determined to be prior-converted cropland or commenced-conversion wetland has reverted to wetland due to abandonment. (2) For any land with respect to which the Secretary has made a wetland delineation, determination, or certification under section 1222 of the Food Security Act of 1985, the Chief of Engineers and the Administrator shall apply such delineation, determination, or certification when carrying out section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. (b) For purposes of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, prior converted croplands under subsection (a)(1), and any parcel of land that is contiguous to, and owned by the same owner as, such prior converted croplands, are not waters of the United States. (c) The first sentence of section 1222(a)(6) of the Food Security Act of 1985 shall apply to enforcement actions under section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. (d) Notwithstanding section 706 of title 5, United States Code, a court reviewing any agency action of the Secretary, the Chief of Engineers, or the Administrator that is affected by this section shall decide de novo all relevant questions of law, including the interpretation of constitutional and statutory provisions, and rules made. If the reviewing court determines that a statutory or regulatory provision relevant to its decision contains a gap or ambiguity, the court shall not interpret that gap or ambiguity as an implicit delegation of legislative rule making authority and shall not rely on such gap or ambiguity as a justification either for interpreting agency authority expansively or for deferring to any interpretation of the Secretary, the Chief of Engineers, or the Administrator on the question of law. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, this subsection shall apply in any action for judicial review of such an agency action authorized under any provision of law. No law may exempt any civil action for review of such an agency action from the application of this subsection except by specific reference to this subsection.
|02/12/2020||President||Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR H1057)Action By: House of Representatives|
|02/07/2020||President||Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.Action By: House of Representatives|
|02/07/2020||President||Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives|