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House receded and concurred with amendment (08/01/1991)

Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 1992 - Title I: Department of Defense - Civil - Makes appropriations for FY 1992 for: (1) authorized civil functions of the Department of the Army relating to rivers and harbors, flood control, and beach erosion; (2) expenses necessary for the collection and study of basic information pertaining to river and harbor, flood control, shore protection, and related projects, restudy of authorized projects, miscellaneous investigations, and, when authorized, surveys, detailed studies, plans, and specifications of projects prior to construction; (3) the prosecution of authorized river and harbor, flood control, shore protection, and related projects, and detailed studies, plans, and specifications of projects authorized or made eligible for selection by law; (4) expenses necessary for prosecuting work of flood control and rescue work, repair, restoration, or maintenance of flood control projects threatened or destroyed by flood, as authorized by law; (5) expenses necessary for the preservation, operation, maintenance, and care of existing river and harbor, flood control, and related works, including such sums as necessary for the maintenance of harbor channels, and serving essential needs of general commerce and navigation, surveys and charting of northern and northwestern lakes and connecting waters, clearing and straightening channels, and removing obstructions to navigation; (6) expenses necessary for the administration of laws pertaining to regulation of navigable waters and wetlands; (7) expenses necessary for emergency flood control, hurricane, and shore protection activities; and (8) expenses necessary for general administration and related functions in the office of the Chief of Engineers and offices of the Division Engineers and activities of the Board of Engineers for River and Harbors, the Coastal Engineering Research Board, the Engineer Automation Support Activity, the Humphreys Engineers Center Support Activity, and the Water Resources Support Center.

Directs that the project for navigation, Coosa River, Gadsden, Alabama, to Rome, Georgia, authorized by the River and Harbor Act of 1945, remain authorized for a specified period.

Repeals provisions that authorize acquisition of new buildings and appurtenant facilities for the U.S. Army Engineer District, Walla Walla, Washington.

Specifies that the non-Federal share of the costs of preconstruction engineering and design of any water resources project constructed by the Secretary of the Army shall not be required to be paid prior to commencement of physical construction of the project.

Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to: (1) convey to the Port of Camas-Washougal two parcels of land containing approximately 45 acres for the fair market value of such land; and (2) transfer, without monetary consideration, approximately 37 acres of predominantly wetlands for inclusion in the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Modifies the project for flood control, Guadalupe River, California, to direct the Secretary to construct the project in accordance with the General Design Memorandum, dated January 1991, of the Sacramento District Engineer, and in accordance with specified percentages.

Specified the present value of the capital cost to be prepaid by the city of Aberdeen, Washington, under the Wynoochee Lake project contract.

Authorizes a specified experimental water delivery program to continue until modifications to the Central and Southern Florida project are completed and implemented.

Modifies the project for shoreline protection for Folly Beach, South Carolina, to authorize the Secretary to construct hurricane and storm protection measures based on the Charleston District Engineer's Post Authorization Change Report dated May 1991. Specifies the estimated total initial cost, Federal and non-Federal costs, and annual costs.

Directs the Secretary to maintain in caretaker status the navigational portion of the Fox River System in Wisconsin for one year, during which time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shall engage in negotiations with the State of Wisconsin for the transfer of ownership and operational duties of such System to the State or other appropriate entity. Requires the Corps, no later than one year after enactment of this Act, to present to the Congress the terms of such settlement, including provisions for both the logistics and timing of the transfer, as well as a negotiated recommendation of monetary compensation to the State for repair and rehabilitation of damage and deterioration associated with all portions of the System which are being transferred to the State.

Prohibits the funds appropriated in this Act or any prior Act from being used to close any Corps of Engineers Division or District headquarters office.

Prohibits the funds appropriated in this Act from being used to implement the final rule for the Corps' shoreline management regulation fee schedule.

Title II: Department of the Interior - Makes appropriations for FY 1992 to the Department of the Interior for: (1) the Bureau of Reclamation; (2) engineering and economic investigations of proposed Federal reclamation projects and studies of water conservation and development plans and activities preliminary to the reconstruction, rehabilitation and betterment, financial adjustment, or extension of existing projects; (3) construction and rehabilitation projects and parts thereof (including power transmission facilities for Bureau use) and for other related activities as authorized by law; (4) operation and maintenance of reclamation projects or parts thereof and other facilities, as authorized, and for a soil and moisture conservation program on lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau; (5) the costs of loans and grants authorized by the Small Reclamation Projects Act; (6) necessary expenses of general administrative and related functions in the office of the Commissioner, the Denver office, and offices in the five regions of the Bureau; (7) the Emergency fund; and (8) capital equipment and facilities.

Sets forth provisions: (1) with respect to special funds from which sums derived from the reclamation fund or special fee account are appropriated; and (2) limiting the use of appropriations for the Bureau to the purchase of not more than 16 passenger motor vehicles for replacement only, payment of claims for damages to or loss of property, personal injury, or death arising out of Bureau activities, rewards for information or evidence concerning violations of law involving Bureau property, and other specified purposes.

Makes appropriations available for expenditure or transfer, with the approval of the Secretary of the Interior, for the emergency reconstruction, replacement, or repair of aircraft, buildings, utilities, or other facilities or equipment damaged, rendered inoperable, or destroyed by fire, flood, storm, drought, or other unavoidable causes, subject to specified limitations.

Allows the Secretary to authorize the expenditure or transfer of appropriations in this title, in addition to the amounts included in the budget programs of the several agencies, for the suppression or emergency prevention of forest or range fires on or threatening lands under the jurisdiction of the Department.

Makes available appropriations for: (1) the operation of warehouses, garages, shops, and similar facilities, wherever consolidation of activities will contribute to efficiency or economy, subject to reimbursement of funds; and (2) hire, maintenance, and operation of aircraft, hire of passenger motor vehicles, and other specified purposes.

Authorizes the Bureau to invite non-Federal entities involved in cost-sharing arrangements for the development of water projects to participate in contract negotiation and source selection proceedings without invoking the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

Title III: Department of Energy - Makes appropriations for FY 1992 to the Department of Energy (DOE) for: (1) expenses of DOE activities including the purchase, construction, and acquisition of plant and capital equipment and other incidental expenses necessary for energy supply, research, and development activities, and other activities in carrying out the purposes of the Department of Energy Organization Act; (2) expenses in connection with DOE operating expenses and the purchase, construction, and acquisition of plant and capital equipment and other incidental expenses necessary for uranium supply and enrichment activities; (3) expenses of activities including the purchase, construction, and acquisition of plant and capital equipment and incidental expenses necessary for general science and research activities; (4) nuclear waste disposal activities, including the acquisition of real property or facility construction or expansion; (5) DOE expenses including the purchase, construction, and acquisition of plant and capital equipment and incidental expenses for atomic energy defense activities, including environmental restoration and waste management activities; (6) salaries and expenses of DOE necessary for departmental administration; (7) necessary expenses of the Office of Inspector General; (8) necessary expenses of operation and maintenance of projects in Alaska and of marketing electric power and energy; (9) necessary expenses of operation and maintenance of power transmission facilities and of marketing electric power and energy pursuant to the Flood Control Act of 1944, as applied to the southeastern and southwestern areas; (10) necessary expenses of construction, rehabilitation, operation and maintenance with respect to western power areas; and (11) necessary expenses of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Authorizes FERC to allow recovery, in advance of expenses, by natural gas companies for research, development, and demonstration activities by the Gas Research Institute for projects on the use of natural gas to control emissions from the combustion of other fuels, subject to certain limitations.

Specifies that: (1) revenues received from the disposition of isotopes and related services shall be credited to the Isotope Production and Distribution Program Fund; (2) expenditures from the Bonneville Power Administration Fund are approved for the purchase, maintenance, and operation of two rotary-wing aircraft for replacement only, and for official reception and representational expenses; and (3) appropriations for DOE under this title for the current fiscal year shall be available for hire of motor vehicles, hire, maintenance, and operation of aircraft, purchase, repair, and cleaning of uniforms, and reimbursement to the General Services Administration for security guard services.

Sets forth provisions with respect to the transfer of funds and transfers of unexpended balances.

Directs the Secretary of Energy to ensure: (1) that at least ten percent of Federal funding for the development, construction, and operation of the Superconducting Super Collider be made available to business concerns or other organizations owned or controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals; and (2) significant participation in such development, construction, and operation by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

Title IV: Independent Agencies - Makes appropriations for FY 1992 for necessary expenses: (1) to carry out the program authorized by the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965, the Federal Cochairman and the alternate on the Appalachian Regional Commission, and payment of the Federal share of the Commission's administrative expenses; (2) of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board; (3) to carry out the functions the U.S. member of the Delaware River Basin Commission and payment of the U.S. share of the current expenses of the Commission; (4) of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; (5) of the Office of Inspector General; (6) of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board; and (7) to carry out the functions of the U.S. member of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and payment of the U.S. share of such Commission. Appropriates funds: (1) to enable the Secretary of the Treasury to pay in advance to the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin the Federal contribution toward the expenses of the Commission during the current fiscal year; and (2) for carrying out provisions of the Tennessee Valley Authority Act of 1933.

Title V: General Provisions - Sets forth specified restrictions on the use of appropriated funds, including: (1) barring the programs, projects, or activities defined in the report accompanying this Act from being eliminated or disproportionately reduced due to the application of "savings and slippage" provisions, unless such report expressly provides otherwise; and (2) limiting the expenditure of appropriations for any consulting service through a procurement contract to contracts where such expenditures are a matter of public record and available for public inspection, with exceptions.