House passes Rep. Duarte's legislation to streamline water permitting processes in the Valley

(UI) — Congressman John Duarte (CA-13) celebrated the House's approval of H.R. 7023, a bill encompassing his efforts to rectify inconsistencies in Clean Water Act permitting procedures.

In his statement, Rep. Duarte highlighted the significance of the Confidence in Clean Water Permits Act (HR 7013), now a component of Chairman Rouzer’s broader legislation. "Its passage puts us one step closer to clean water by guaranteeing that National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits offer clear and accessible regulations," stated Rep. Duarte.

The legislation addresses existing ambiguities in NPDES permits, which have been susceptible to legal challenges, potentially stalling vital energy and infrastructure projects. "My provision aims to close those loopholes and minimize unwarranted lawsuits," Rep. Duarte explained. "It provides regulatory certainty and legal protection for permit holders, crucial for enhancing our Valley’s water infrastructure."

With the bill's advancement, Rep. Duarte aims to streamline permitting processes and bolster the reliability of water infrastructure projects in the Valley.

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