Curbelo's Bipartisan Foreign Spill Protection Act Signed into Law

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Washington, D.C., December 12, 2017 | comments

Today, President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, which includes the bipartisan Foreign Spill Protection Act introduced by Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) earlier this year.

“I’m proud of the enactment of this forward-looking legislation to anticipate the risks of a foreign-based oil spill impacting American waters and coastlines, ensuring foreign entities responsible for an oil spill affecting U.S. waters and our coastline are also responsible for all cleanup costs, regardless of where the spill took place,” Curbelo said. “The Foreign Spill Protection Act will incentivize all foreign offshore producers to implement the safest technologies and practices to reduce the likelihood of a major spill – a win for coastal communities and the small businesses and families that depend on the sea.”

“The passage of this robust NDAA bill, including our Foreign Spill Protection Act, is a testament of Congress coming together to prioritize the safety and protection of America’s coastal areas. I am proud to support this bill that would hold foreign oil drilling companies fully responsible for spills near our shores, including Florida’s coasts,” said Soto. “The reality is, we’re allowing an increasing number of countries to drill into our shores, many who do not follow the same safety protocols or standards as we do in the United States –they must be placed under higher scrutiny. My colleague Rep. Curbelo and I will continue working on protecting our beautiful beaches and coastal areas.”

BACKGROUND 

Curbelo praised House passage of the NDAA last month. The bill, which includes the biggest pay increase our military has received in eight years, was signed into law by the President earlier today.

NDAA also includes Curbelo’s bipartisan Foreign Spill Protection ActH.R. 468. Introduced earlier this year, this legislation would ensure foreign entities that cause an oil spill into U.S. waters and shores are held responsible for all cleanup costs, regardless of where the spill started. Additionally, the bill would apply Clean Water Act penalties on the responsible foreign party.

Thanks to the actions of the Climate Solutions Caucus, which Curbelo Co-Chairs, the bill does not include an anti-climate amendment that would have prohibited the Department of Defense from mitigating and adapting to the impact of sea level rise. The Caucus led a bipartisan effort to block the anti-climate amendment earlier this year

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