H.R. 678: Waive Hydro-Power Projects from NEPA Act

H.R. 678: “The Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act” will not become law because it exempts certain hydropower project from environmental reviews.

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Passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013.

Section 2: Authorization

  • Authorizes the Bureau of Reclamation to approve small, private hydropower projects on existing waterways owned by the government.
  • Exempts small hydro-power from environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

A small conduit hydroelectic project

It is unlikely that H.R. 678 will be passed by the Senate or signed into law by President Obama.