Senate passes the Bipartisan USE IT Act

Jun 28 2019

The USEIT Act will help develop and deploy the next generation of carbon capture and utilization technologies.

The U.S. Senate passed S. 383, the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) and sponsor of the USE IT Act, worked with Senate Armed Service Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who is a cosponsor of S.383, to include the bill in NDAA.

The USE IT Act would support carbon utilization and direct air capture research. This type of research is already taking place at research facilities like the Integrated Test Center outside of Gillette, Wyoming. The bill would also support federal, state, and non-governmental collaboration in the construction and development of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) facilities and carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines.

The USE IT Act complements the bipartisan FUTURE Act that passed last year. The USE IT Act would:

• Narrowly amend the Clean Air Act to direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support carbon utilization and direct air capture research;
• Clarify that CCUS projects and CO2 pipelines are eligible for the streamlined permitting review process established by the FAST Act;
• Direct the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to establish guidance to expedite the development of CCUS facilities and CO2 pipelines; and
• Establish task forces to hear input from affected stakeholders for updating and improving guidance over time.

“I want to make American energy as clean as we can, as fast as we can, without raising costs on families,” said Barrasso. “The best way to do that is through innovation, not government regulation. The USE IT Act is a bipartisan bill to promote carbon capture technologies that take carbon out of the air and find productive uses for it. These promising technologies could result in significant emissions reductions. The USE IT Act will support the type of great research already happening in Wyoming at the Integrated Test Center and around the country. I want to thank Chairman Inhofe for making the USE IT Act a priority. This is an important step toward having the legislation signed into law.”

“The USE IT Act aligns with my goal of making Wyoming a global leader in carbon capture technology,” Governor Mark Gordon said. “This bipartisan legislation encourages a collaborative approach to achieving carbon emission reductions while not sacrificing the affordability and reliability that Wyoming’s energy resources provide America’s electrical grid. I applaud Senator Barrasso’s efforts to include this important legislation in the National Defense Authorization Act.”

Carbon Capture Coalition Co-Director Brad Crabtree released the following statement:

“Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed S. 383, the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies Act (USE IT), as part of the National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 86-3. Its passage in the full Senate, following unanimous approval by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, provides further evidence of growing bipartisan support and momentum for carbon capture. It also represents an important next step in advancing a broader portfolio of federal carbon capture policies to build on last year’s congressional enactment of the FUTURE Act to reform and expand the Section 45Q tax credit.

The USEIT Act will help develop and deploy the next generation of carbon capture and utilization technologies to transform carbon dioxide (CO2) into a beneficial resource and economic opportunity while reducing emissions. It will facilitate the development of the infrastructure needed to transport CO2 from industrial facilities and power plants where it is captured to where it can be geologically stored or put to beneficial use.

The USE IT Act is a top legislative priority of the Carbon Capture Coalition, and the Coalition’s industry, labor and NGO participants are grateful to Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and the other Senate co-sponsors from both political parties who have supported this legislation. The Coalition also recognizes Senator Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, for his leadership in advancing the USE It Act as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

The Carbon Capture Coalition now stands ready to help secure passage of the USE IT Act in the House of Representatives and get it to the President’s desk.”

Carbon Capture Coalition
U.S. Senate

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