Conservation Monday (Wednesday) #11

Not much happened last week so y’all are getting two weeks worth of legislation. Luck you!

H.R.3852 : To direct the Secretary of Energy to conduct a study on the benefits of solar net energy metering, and for other purposes.
-Net metering basically allow customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to feed electricity they don’t use back into the grid. There are currently no federal regulations* on net metering while states have incredibly varied laws.

H.R.3880 : Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2015
-“To prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from exceeding its statutory authority in ways that were not contemplated by the Congress.” Basically, Congress is unhappy with some of the current EPA regulations (e.g. Clean Power Plan, ozone rule) and makes the claim that the EPA is overreaching it’s authority.

H.R.3939 : To require that the workforce of the Environmental Protection Agency be reduced by 15 percent.
Again, not happy with the EPA…

H.R.3927 : West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2015
-“To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington.” Pretty self-explanatory…

We still don’t have bill text for these two, though relatively self-explanatory. I’ll explain more next week.

S.2240 : A bill to improve the control and management of invasive species that threaten and harm Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior, and for other purposes.

S.2257 : A bill to prepare the National Park Service for its Centennial in 2016 and for a second century of protecting our national parks’ natural, historic, and cultural resources for present and future generations and for other purposes.

*At least of which I’m aware.

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