67th Girls Nation Congress
To protect the environment and the workers of oil and gas fields from the detrimental effects of toxic chemicals.
IN THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION
Senators Salkin and Small of Connecticut and Senators Skaar and Poliquin of Montana introduced the following bill which was referred to Committee F .
BE IT ENACTED BY THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION ASSEMBLED.
SECTION 1. TITLE
This act may be cited as the "Protection of Workers' Health and Prohibition of the Use of Toxic Chemicals in the Process of Hydraulic Fracturing Act".
SECTION 2. PURPOSE
The Protection of Workers' Health and Prohibition of the Use of Toxic Chemicals in the Process of Hydraulic Fracturing Act will protect public health and cleanliness of natural water sources. It bans the use of chemicals not deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for use under the Clean Water Act. The Act will also protect workers health by requiring health insurance, and payment of disability benefits.
SECTION 3. DEFINITIONS
Let hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, be known as a process through which water and sand and forced at high pressure into a well to fracture rock to aid oil and natural gas retrieval.
Let toxic chemicals be defined as those substances deemed hazardous for both the environment and human health.
Let OSHA be defined as Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA is in charge of regulating working conditions throughout America.
Let FDA be the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulating food additives
Let EPA be the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforcing provisions of this act under the Clean Water Act.
SECTION 4. THE PROTECTION OF WORKERS' HEALTH AND PROHIBITION OF THE USE OF TOXIC CHEMICALS IN THE PROCESS OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING ACT
The Protection of Workers' Health and Prohibition of the Use of Toxic Chemicals in the Process of Hydraulic Fracturing Act entails that:
(A) All companies shall use food grade chemicals and submit the ingredients to be used in their hydraulic fracturing fluid to the FDA and Environmental Protection Agency for their approval prior to use.
(B) The Environmental Protection Agency will enforce this Act by ensuring that companies are using the approved mixture as fluid in the fracking process.
(C) All energy companies using hydraulic fracturing must provide full medical insurance coverage that includes screenings for workers exposed to fluid.
(1) Any worker disability or health claims shall be paid by the company.
(D) Workers exposure to dust will be modified through the use of containment systems. Limitations on dust exposure will be enacted and enforced by OSHA.
(E) Any company that violates this Act will face:
(1) A fine of $100,000 for the first offense.
(2) For a second or subsequent offense revocation of business license or fine appropriate for the offense issued by the appropriate agency.
SECTION 5. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall be effective as of January 1, 2014.
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