H.R.4104 - Mississippi Sound Restoration Act of 2000106th Congress (1999-2000)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Taylor, Gene [D-MS-5] (Introduced 03/28/2000)|
|Committees:||House - Transportation and Infrastructure | Senate - Environment and Public Works|
|Committee Reports:||H. Rept. 106-840|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 09/13/2000 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. (All Actions)|
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Referred in Senate (09/13/2000)
[Congressional Bills 106th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 4104 Referred in Senate (RFS)] 2d Session H. R. 4104 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES September 13, 2000 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to authorize funding to carry out certain water quality and environmental restoration projects for the Mississippi Sound, Mississippi, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Mississippi Sound Restoration Act of 2000''. SEC. 2. NATIONAL ESTUARY PROGRAM. (a) Finding.--Congress finds that the Mississippi Sound is an estuary of national significance. (b) Addition to National Estuary Program.--Section 320(a)(2)(B) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1330(a)(2)(B)) is amended by inserting ``Mississippi Sound, Mississippi;'' before ``and Peconic Bay, New York.''. SEC. 3. MISSISSIPPI SOUND. Title I of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``SEC. 121. MISSISSIPPI SOUND. ``(a) Establishment of Restoration Program.--The Administrator shall establish within the Environmental Protection Agency the Mississippi Sound Restoration Program. ``(b) Purpose.--The purpose of the program shall be to restore the ecological health of the Sound, including barrier islands, coastal wetlands, keys, and reefs, by developing and funding restoration projects and related scientific and public education projects and by coordinating efforts among Federal, State, and local governmental agencies and nonregulatory organizations. ``(c) Duties.--In carrying out the program, the Administrator shall-- ``(1) provide administrative and technical assistance to a management conference convened for the Sound under section 320; ``(2) assist and support the activities of the management conference, including the implementation of recommendations of the management conference; ``(3) support environmental monitoring of the Sound and research to provide necessary technical and scientific information; ``(4) develop a comprehensive research plan to address the technical needs of the program; ``(5) coordinate the grant, research, and planning programs authorized under this section; and ``(6) collect and make available to the public publications, and other forms of information the management conference determines to be appropriate, relating to the environmental quality of the Sound. ``(d) Grants.--The Administrator may make grants-- ``(1) for restoration projects and studies recommended by a management conference convened for the Sound under section 320; and ``(2) for public education projects recommended by the management conference. ``(e) Definitions.--In this section, the following definitions apply: ``(1) Sound.--The term `Sound' means the Mississippi Sound located on the Gulf Coast of the State of Mississippi. ``(2) Program.--The term `program' means the Mississippi Sound Restoration Program established under subsection (a). ``(f) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be appropriated $10,000,000 to carry out this section. Such sums shall remain available until expended.''. SEC. 4. SENSE OF THE CONGRESS. It is the sense of the Congress that all recipients of grants under this Act (including amendments made by this Act) shall abide by the Buy American Act. The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall give notice of the Buy American Act requirements to grant applicants under this Act. Passed the House of Representatives September 12, 2000. Attest: JEFF TRANDAHL, Clerk.