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Rep. C.W. Bill Young seeks tougher drilling regulations

U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, has introduced a bill that would strengthen environmental review of oil drilling proposal, require full-scale disaster response plans and improve the federal response. “The SAFEGUARDS Act addresses some of the systematic breakdowns which led to the BP Horizon catastrophe,” he said.

One of the chief provisions calls for giving regulatory agencies 150 days to ensure exploration plans are properly reviewed, up from 30 days. It also requires the EPA to begin monitoring water quality within 48 hours after an oil spill is discovered.

Young said he has asked the chairmen of the committees drafting comprehensive oil spill legislation to include his "common sense solutions" in any final package they bring before the House later this summer. A fuller summary of the legislation is here.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:45am]


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