H.R. 6008: CLEAN Act

H.R. 6008

CLEAN Act

Date
September 22, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

H.R. 6008 is expected to be considered on the House floor on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  This legislation was introduced by Rep. Mark Schauer (D-MI) on July 30, 2010. 

Bill Summary

H.R. 6008, the Corporate Liability and Emergency Accident Notification Act [CLEAN Act] would require companies to report any oil, gas, or other hazardous liquid spill to authorities no later than one hour after the discovery of the spill.

The bill also would require the Department of Transportation to provide and maintain a searchable website containing a database of all reportable incidents involving gas or hazardous liquid pipelines.

Lastly, the bill would increase civil penalties from $100,000 per incident to $250,000 and would increase the fine for companies with multiple violations from $1,000,000 to $2,500,000.

Background

This bill is in direct response to the oil spill that occurred in the Gulf Coast and the leak in the underground pipe near Marshall, Michigan that polluted the Kalamazoo River.

Cost

There is currently no CBO score for H.R. 6008