Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 2318, Federal Facility Accountability Act of 2013   [open pdf - 17KB]

From the Summary: "H.R. 2318 would amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) as it relates to federal facilities. Under the bill, federal agencies would be required to comply with state requirements when conducting response actions under CERCLA at federal facilities or facilities formerly owned by the federal government. H.R. 2318 also would explicitly waive the federal government's sovereign immunity from administrative orders, injunctive relief, and civil and administrative penalties issued by states under CERCLA. In addition, the bill would permit states to charge federal agencies for costs associated with permitting, document review, inspections, and other activities related to a state's response actions at hazardous sites. Finally, H.R. 2318 would authorize the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review actions taken by other federal agencies under CERCLA. CBO [Congressional Budget Office] estimates that enacting this legislation could increase the pace of discretionary spending to the extent that federal agencies accelerate spending related to cleanup activities or pay additional fines and penalties imposed by states. However, CBO expects that aggregate, long-term costs to fulfill federal responsibilities under CERCLA would be little changed under the legislation."

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