Summary: S.2006 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (04/02/1990)

Department of the Environment Act of 1990 - Title I: General Findings - Sets forth findings with respect to Federal environmental policy.

Title II: Elevation of the Environmental Protection Agency to Cabinet Level - Department of the Environment Act - Redesignates the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the Department of the Environment, an executive agency to be administered by a Secretary of the Environment.

Encourages the Secretary to: (1) assist the Secretary of State in participating in international environmental protection agreements and organizations; (2) conduct research on international environmental problems and how to respond to such problems; and (3) provide technical and other assistance to foreign countries and international bodies to improve the environment.

Provides for the continuance of specified EPA positions without renomination or reconfirmation.

Establishes: (1) a Bureau of Environmental Statistics within the Department; and (2) an Advisory Council on Environmental Statistics to advise the Bureau on statistics and analyses.

Authorizes the Secretary of the Environment to make grants to, and enter into contracts with, State and local governments to assist in statistic data collection.

Authorizes appropriations.

Sets forth administrative provisions concerning the acquisition of gifts, property, copyrights, and patents by the Department.

Provides that the EPA seal shall be the official departmental seal until the Secretary approves another seal. Prescribes civil and criminal penalties for unauthorized uses of the seal.

Authorizes the Secretary to promulgate regulations governing advisory committee standards of conduct and compensation.

Directs the Secretary to promulgate regulations requiring public notice to be given when the award of a contract, agreement, or other arrangement may result in a conflict-of-interest.

Title III: Establishment of the Interagency Committee on Global Environmental Change - Establishes within the Executive Office of the President the Interagency Committee on Global Environmental Change to assist the President in coordinating all Federal programs and annual policy plans related to global environmental change.

Title IV: Environmental Role of the United States in International Organizations to Which It Belongs - Urges: (1) the Secretary of the Treasury to instruct the U.S. executive directors of the multilateral development banks to promote energy conservation and environmental protection efforts of borrowing countries when vote to issue financial or technical assistance; and (2) the Secretary of State to convene international conferences to encourage the exchange of information on energy efficiency and environmentally acceptable renewable energy sources and the adoption of a multilateral global climate protection convention. Requires the President to encourage the establishment of an international office to monitor annual generation of carbon dioxide and trace gases on a country-by-country basis.

Title V: Establishment of the Commission on Improving Environmental Protection - Establishes the Commission on Improving Environmental Protection to make recommendations on integrating Federal environmental law and other authorities to improve U.S. environmental protection activities. Authorizes appropriations.

Title VI: Effective Date - Sets forth the effective date of this Act.