Bill seeks to measure environmental compliance cost

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) has introduced H.R. 1869, the Environmental Compliance Cost Transparency Act, which requires federal agencies active in the wholesale power business to disclose the costs of environmental compliance to their customers.

“Federal projects like the Hoover Dam have been producing affordable and reliable electricity for millions of customers for nearly 80 years,” Gosar said in an April 16 news release.

“Hydropower is a clean and renewable source of energy that is carbon free and provides low-cost electricity,” Gosar said. “Unfortunately, in too many instances throughout the country extremist environmentalist policies are hindering renewable energy sources, like hydropower, and making them less affordable,” he added.

“For far too long, the high cost of burdensome federal environmental policies has been hidden from the public,” Gosar went on to say.

As of April 20, text had not yet been received for the bill, according to the website www.congress.gov.

A summary says the bill is to “provide for transparency and reporting related to direct and indirect costs incurred by the Bonneville Power Administration, the Western Area Power Administration, the Southwestern Power Administration, and the Southeastern Power Administration related to compliance with any federal environmental laws impacting the conservation of fish and wildlife, and for other purposes.”

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