S.2913 - Comprehensive National Mercury Monitoring Act111th Congress (2009-2010)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 12/18/2009)|
|Committees:||Senate - Environment and Public Works|
|Latest Action:||12/18/2009 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. (text of measure as introduced: CR S13461-13462) (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.2913 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (12/18/2009)
Comprehensive National Mercury Monitoring Act - Directs the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a national mercury monitoring program that monitors: (1) long-term changes in mercury levels and important ancillary measures in the air; and (2) long-term changes in mercury and methyl mercury levels and important ancillary measures in the water and soil or sediments and in aquatic and terrestrial organisms.
Requires the Administrator to: (1) select multiple monitoring sites representing multiple ecoregions that include national parks, wildlife refuges, National Estuarine Research Reserve units, and other sensitive ecological areas that include long-term protection and in which substantive changes are expected from reductions in domestic mercury emissions; (2) establish and publish standardized measurement protocols for the program; and (3) establish a centralized database for environmental mercury data.
Establishes the Mercury Monitoring Advisory Committee to advise the Administrator on the establishment, site selection, protocols, and operation of the program.