The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved a number of environmental bills, including one requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue a decision on California’s request for a waiver to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars. (Earlier post.)
The California waiver decision deadline bill (S. 1785) amends the Clean Air Act to require a decision on all pending waiver requests within 30 days after the date of enactment of the legislation, but in no case later than 30 September 2007.
Future requests for waivers of preemption must be decided within 180 days of the receipt of the request. There is a comparable bill in the House of Representatives.
The Senate bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration. Other bills approved by the EPW panel include:
A bill banning asbestos. (S. 742)
A bill returning the reporting threshold on toxic releases to nearby communities to 500 pounds. The Administration had earlier raised the threshold to 2,000 pounds. (S.595)