Gardner bill improves environmental regulations and gives states more control

WASHINGTON D.C. – As part of his effort to cut red tape and streamline government regulations, Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) has introduced a bill that will uncomplicate the process for disposing of solid waste, such as piles of rocks and dirt dug out from a mine.

“One of the most common complaints I hear from businesses and local elected officials is that excessive and often duplicative regulations are a drain on limited financial resources and staff time,” Gardner said. “My goal with this bill is to simplify the rules for eliminating solid waste, so that it happens in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way possible.”

Under the Solid Waste Disposal Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) there are two unnecessary deadlines that would be eliminated by Gardner’s bill, H.R. 2279. The bill also allows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review and revise Solid Waste Disposal Act regulations as appropriate instead of every three years as current law requires. The EPA will also be prohibited from imposing overlapping regulations on states where sufficient levels of protection for solid waste disposal already exist.  

H.R. 2279 was approved today by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. 

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Congressman Gardner is a member in the U.S. House of Representatives serving Colorado's 4th Congressional District. He sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of the following Subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Energy and Power, and Oversight and Investigations.

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