The Michigan Daily-Friday, November 2, 1979-Page 15
House OK's Energy
Board to c
From AP and Reuter
WASHINGTON - The House of
Representatives yesterday gave its
final approval to a measure that would
cut through red tape to speed up non-
nuclear energy projects.
By 299 votes to 107, the House ap-
proved setting up a powerful Energy
Mobilization Board with authority to
waive existing. federal environmental
laws, and also state and local laws in
CARTER ASKED Congress to create
a new independent energy board last
summer as part of his program to
reduce U.S. dependence on oil imports.
The Senate passed its own version of
the same bill earlier this year, and a
House-Senate conference committee
will be appointed to reconcile the two
tion Board is a "formula
for dismantling the laws
of this country put to-
gether by the Congress
over 20 years. "
-Rep. Morris Udall
The Senate bill contains no provision
comparable to the waiver authority in
the House-passed measure. Carter also
said he opposed such a provision.
Supporters of a new federal energy
board say it is necessary to cut through
the red tape that can keep a project tied
up for years before construction even
UNDER THE House bill, the five-
member board would have authority to
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - David
Wayne Rice, 6, faced an unusual
problem recently-finding a name for
his pet turtle who has two heads.
David finally named him Herman
His mother, Jean Rice, says Her-
man-the right head-seems more ac-
tive than Bo.
it red tape
give "high priority" designations to an
unlimited number of non-nuclear
energy facilities such as synthetic fuel
plants of pipelines. The board would
then establish a timetable for federal,
state and local agencies to follow while
making decisions on whether to grant
If any agency failed to make its
decision on time, the board would have
authority to take over and decide in-
In addition, if the board felt that cer-
tain federal laws presented a substan-
tial impediment to completion of a high-
priority energy project, it could
recommend that the president approve
a waiver. A president's decision to set
aside such a law would .need approval
by both houses of Congress, before
EXEMPTIONS OF labor, water
rights, criminal, civil rights and anti-
trust laws and primary air quality
standards would not be permitted.
The waiver provision, attacked bit-
terly by environmentalists and their
allies in the House, survived on a vote of
House Majority Leader James
Wright said peramitting waivers of
federal laws was necessary to avoid
"effectively making a shambles of any
opportunity Congress might have to ex-
pedite any progress on energy."
But opponents, led by Rep. Morris
Udall (D-Ariz.) said the provision
would be a threat to all the protective
measures won by environmentalists
over the years. A board with any
authority to suspend laws was a "for-
mula for dismantling the laws of this
country put together by the Congress
over 20 years."
The House had voted on Wednesday
to strip from the bill a provision permit-
ting waivers of state and local laws,
although such laws could be set aside if
they were enacted after the board set
up its decision-making timetable.
The Carter administration, while
urging enactment of-the measure, said
it was opposed to permitting federal
laws to be set aside.
But Carter and his lobbyists came
under repeated criticism during the
two-day debate, with House members
accusing the administration of swit-
ching positions on seveal key features
of the bill.
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