Summary: S.2784 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate without amendment (07/24/2002)

Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2003 - Title I: Department of Defense-Civil - Makes FY 2003 appropriations to the Department of the Army and its Corps of Engineers for: (1) civil functions relating to rivers and harbors, flood control, and shore protection; (2) certain flood control projects on the Mississippi River and its tributaries, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee; (3) the navigable waters and wetlands regulatory program; (4) formerly utilized sites remedial action program; (5) flood control and coastal emergencies; and (6) general expenses of the Office of Chief of Engineers.

(Sec. 102) Bars the use of funds to implement any activity relating to closure or removal of the St. Georges Bridge across designated routes.

(Sec. 105) Increases funds for St. Paul Island Harbor, St. Paul, Alaska, and for Abiquiu Dam, New Mexico.

(Sec. 107) Authorizes the use of Tropicana Flamingo Wash project funds to build or replace facilities to allow traffic to cross project channels at road crossings in the Las Vegas, Nevada, region.

Title II: Department of the Interior - Makes FY 2003 appropriations to the Department of the Interior for: (1) the Central Utah Project Completion Account; (2) the Bureau of Reclamation for water and related resources; (3) the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund; and (4) the CALFED Bay-Delta (California) Program.

(Sec. 201) Prohibits the use of appropriated funds to pay the salaries and expenses of personnel to purchase or lease water in the Middle Rio Grande or the Carlsbad Projects in New Mexico unless such purchase or lease is in compliance with specified statutory purchase requirements.

(Sec. 202) States that Drought Emergency Assistance funds under this title shall be made available primarily for leasing water from willing lessors for specified drought-related purposes to be administered under State water priority allocation.

(Sec. 203) States that the natural desert terminal lakes program administered by the Bureau of Reclamation shall apply only to Walker and Pyramid Lakes in the State of Nevada.

(Sec. 204) Directs the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) to increase the use of the private sector in performing planning, engineering and design work for Bureau projects to ten percent in fiscal year 2003, and in each subsequent year until the level of work is at least 40 percent for the planning, engineering and design work conducted by the Bureau.

(Sec. 205) Directs the Bureau to undertake activities related to the development of the North Central Montana Rural Water Supply system.

(Sec. 206) Amends the Water Desalination Act of 1996 to extend the authorization of appropriations through FY 2004.

(Sec. 207) Prohibits funds from being used to determine the final point of discharge for the interceptor drain for the San Luis Unit until the Secretary of the Interior and the State of California develop a plan, conforming to California water quality standards approved by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to minimize any detrimental effect of the San Luis drainage waters.

States that: (1) the costs of both the Kesterson Reservoir Cleanup Program and the San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program shall be collected until fully repaid pursuant to specified plans; and (2) future Federal funding for drainage service or drainage studies for the San Luis Unit shall be fully reimbursable by San Luis Unit service or study beneficiaries.

Title III: Department of Energy - Makes FY 2003 appropriations to the Department of Energy (DOE) for: (1) energy supply programs; (2) non-defense environmental management; (3) uranium facilities maintenance and remediation; (4) general DOE science activities; (5) nuclear waste disposal; (6) DOE administration and its Office of the Inspector General; (7) atomic energy defense weapons activities; (8) defense nuclear nonproliferation activities; (9) naval reactors activities; (10) Office of the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration; (11) defense environmental restoration and waste management; (12) defense facilities closure projects; (13) defense environmental management privatization projects; (14) defense nuclear waste disposal; (15) geographical power marketing administrations of DOE (including hydroelectric facilities at the Falcon and Amistad Dams); and (16) the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

(Sec. 301) Prohibits the use of appropriations under this Act to award a management and operating contract unless it is awarded using competitive procedures, or the Secretary of Energy grants a waiver on a case-by-case basis.

Prohibits delegation of such waiver authority.

(Sec. 302) Prohibits the use of appropriations under this Act to: (1) develop or implement a workforce restructuring plan for DOE employees, or to provide them with enhanced severance payments or other benefits; or (2) prepare or initiate Requests for Proposals for a program that has not been funded by Congress.

(Sec. 305) Permits the transfer of unexpended balances of prior appropriations.

(Sec. 306) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used to dispose of transuranic waste containing concentrations of plutonium exceeding 20 percent by weight in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

(Sec. 307) Permits the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration to authorize: (1) the plant manager of a covered nuclear weapons production plant to engage in research, development, and demonstration activities in order to maintain and enhance plant engineering and manufacturing capabilities; and (2) the manager of the Nevada Operations Office to engage in research, development, and demonstration activities regarding capabilities necessary for operations and readiness of the Nevada Test Site.

Title IV: Independent Agencies - Makes FY 2003 appropriations to the: (1) Appalachian Regional Commission; (2) Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board; (3) Delta Regional Authority; (4) Denali Commission; (5) Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its Office of the Inspector General; and (6) Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board.

Title V: General Provisions - Expresses the sense of Congress that all equipment and products bought with funds under this Act should be American-made. Requires each Federal agency to give notice of this policy to any entity to which it provides financial assistance or contracts. Bars contracts funded under this Act from being awarded to any person determined by a court or Federal agency to have falsely labeled products as made in America.

(Sec. 503) Amends Federal law to repeal the termination date for the authorization of appropriations for the Denali Commission, thus making such authorization permanent.