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Introduced in House (01/05/1993)

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Title I: Elevation of the Environmental Protection Agency to

Cabinet Level

Title II: Environmental Role of the United States in

International Organizations to Which it Belongs

Title III: Establishment of the Commission on Improving

Environmental Protection

Title IV: Effective Date

Department of the Environment Act of 1993- Title I: 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.

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

Establishes a Bureau of Environmental Statistics and an Advisory Council on Environmental Statistics.

Authorizes appropriations.

Authorizes grants to, and contracts with, State and local governments to assist in data collection.

Directs the Secretary to enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences for a report on the adequacy of the Department's data collection procedures and capabilities. Authorizes appropriations.

Sets forth conflict-of-interest disclosure requirements for persons entering into arrangements for services with the Secretary. Requires public notice when the award of a contract may result in a conflict of interests.

Title II: Environmental Role of the United States in International Organizations to Which It Belongs - Urges the Secretary of State to convene international conferences to encourage the exchange of information on energy efficiency and environmentally acceptable renewable energy sources. 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 III: Establishment of the Commission on Improving Environmental Protection - Establishes the Commission on Improving Environmental Protection to make recommendations on the implementation of Federal environmental laws to protect human health and the environment. Authorizes appropriations.

Title IV: Effective Date - Sets forth the effective date.