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110th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                S. 1458

   To amend the Food Security Act of 1985 to provide incentives for 
                   improved agricultural air quality.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                              May 23, 2007

 Mrs. Boxer (for herself and Mrs. Feinstein) introduced the following 
      bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on 
                  Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

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                                 A BILL


 
   To amend the Food Security Act of 1985 to provide incentives for 
                   improved agricultural air quality.

    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 ``Agricultural Air Quality Incentives 
Act of 2007''.

SEC. 2. REDUCTION OF EMISSIONS OF AIR POLLUTANTS AND PRECURSORS OF AIR 
              POLLUTANTS.

    Chapter 4 of subtitle D of title XII of the Food Security Act of 
1985 (16 U.S.C. 3839aa et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the 
following:

``SEC. 1240J. AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT.

    ``(a) Availability of Cost-Share Payments and Incentive Payments.--
In carrying out this chapter, the Secretary shall promote air quality 
by providing cost-share payments and incentive payments to individual 
producers to address air quality concerns associated with agriculture.
    ``(b) Eligible Practices, Cost-Share.--
            ``(1) Reduction of emissions of air pollutants and 
        precursors of air pollutants.--In addition to practices 
        eligible for cost-share payments under this chapter, the 
        Secretary shall provide cost-share payments to producers under 
        this section for mobile or stationary equipment (including 
        engines) used in an agricultural operation that would reduce 
        emissions of air pollutants and precursors of air pollutants.
            ``(2) Considerations.--In evaluating applications for cost-
        share assistance for equipment described in paragraph (1), the 
        Secretary shall prioritize assistance for equipment that--
                    ``(A) is the most cost-effective in addressing air 
                quality concerns; and
                    ``(B) would assist producers in meeting Federal, 
                State, or local regulatory requirements relating to air 
                quality.
    ``(c) Locations.--To receive a payment for a project under this 
section, a producer shall carry out the project in a county--
            ``(1) that is in nonattainment under the Clean Air Act (42 
        U.S.C. 7401 et seq.) with respect to ambient air quality 
        standards for ozone, particulate matter, or both of those 
        pollutants;
            ``(2) in which there is air quality degradation, recognized 
        by a State or local agency, to which agricultural emissions 
        significantly contribute; or
            ``(3) in which the Secretary determines that pesticide 
        drift is a priority concern.
    ``(d) Priority.--The Secretary shall give priority to projects 
that--
            ``(1) involve multiple producers implementing eligible 
        conservation activities in a coordinated manner to promote air 
        quality; or
            ``(2) are designed to encourage broad adoption of 
        innovative approaches, including approaches involving the use 
        of innovative technologies and integrated pest management, on 
        the condition that the technologies do not have the unintended 
        consequence of compromising other environmental goals.
    ``(e) Funding.--In addition to amounts made available to carry out 
this section under section 1241(a)(6), of the funds of the Commodity 
Credit Corporation, the Secretary shall use to carry out this section--
            ``(1) $25,000,000 for fiscal year 2008;
            ``(2) $45,000,000 for fiscal year 2009;
            ``(3) $60,000,000 for fiscal year 2010;
            ``(4) $75,000,000 for fiscal year 2011; and
            ``(5) $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2012.''.
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