H. Rept. 107-742 - HOMESTEAD STEEL WORKS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE ACT107th Congress (2001-2002)
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107th Congress Report HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 2d Session 107-742 ====================================================================== HOMESTEAD STEEL WORKS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE ACT _______ October 11, 2002.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed _______ Mr. Hansen, from the Committee on Resources, submitted the following R E P O R T [To accompany H.R. 635] The Committee on Resources, to whom was referred the bill (H.R. 635) to establish the Steel Industry National Historic Park in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with amendment and recommend that the bill as amended do pass. The amendments are as follows: Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the following: SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Homestead Steel Works National Historic Site Act''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS, PURPOSES, AND DEFINITIONS. (a) Findings.--The Congress finds the following: (1) Certain sites and structures in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania symbolize in physical form the heritage of the steel industry of the United States. (2) A very large proportion of the buildings and other structures in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are nationally significant historical resources, including the United States Steel Homestead Works, the Carrie Furnace complex, and the Hot Metal Bridge. (3) Despite substantial efforts for cultural preservation and historical interpretation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and by individuals and public and private entities in the Commonwealth, these buildings and other structures may be lost without the assistance of the Federal Government. (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are to ensure the preservation, interpretation, visitor enjoyment, and maintenance of the nationally significant historical and cultural sites and structures described in subsection (a) for the benefit and inspiration of present and future generations. (c) Definitions.--In this Act: (1) Historic site.--The term ``historic site'' means the Homestead Steel Works National Historic Site established by section 3. (2) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Interior. SEC. 3. HOMESTEAD STEEL WORKS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE. (a) Establishment.--There is established in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania the Homestead Steel Works National Historic Site as a unit of the National Park System. (b) Description.--The historic site shall be comprised of the following properties, each of which relate to the former United States Steel Homestead Works: (1) The historic location of the Battle of Homestead site in the borough of Munhall, Pennsylvania, consisting of approximately 3 acres of land, including the pumphouse and water tower and related structures, within the property bounded by the Monongahela River, the CSX railroad, Waterfront Drive, and the Damascus-Marcegaglia Steel Mill. (2) The historic location of the Carrie Furnace complex in the boroughs of Swissvale and Rankin, Pennsylvania, consisting of approximately 35 acres of land, including blast furnaces 6 and 7, the ore yard, the cast house, the blowing engine house, the AC power house, and related structures, within the property bounded by the proposed southwesterly right-of-way line needed to accommodate the Mon/Fayette Expressway and the relocated CSX railroad right-of-way, the Monongahela River, and a property line drawn northeast to southwest approximately 100 yards east of the AC power house. (3) The historic location of the Hot Metal Bridge, consisting of the Union railroad bridge and its approaches, spanning the Monongahela River and connecting the mill sites in the boroughs of Rankin and Munhall, Pennsylvania. (4) All other property included in the historic site by Federal law or acquired by the Secretary for inclusion in the historic site pursuant to section 4 or other Federal law. SEC. 4. ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY. To further the purposes of this Act, the Secretary may acquire, by donation, property for inclusion in the historic site as follows: (1) Any land or interest in land with respect to the property identified in paragraphs (1), (2), or (3) of section 3(b). (2) Up to 10 acres of land adjacent to or in the general proximity of the property identified in paragraphs (1), (2), or (3) of section 3(b), for the development of visitor, administrative, museum, curatorial, and maintenance facilities. (3) Personal property associated with, and appropriate for, the interpretation of the historic site. SEC. 5. ADMINISTRATION. (a) In General.--The Secretary shall administer the historic site in accordance with this Act and the provisions of law generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including the Act of August 25, 1916 (16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.), and the Act of August 21, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.). (b) Cooperative Agreements.-- (1) In general.--To further the purposes of this Act, the Secretary may enter into a cooperative agreement with any interested individual, public or private agency, organization, or institution. (2) Contrary purposes.--Any payment made by the Secretary pursuant to a cooperative agreement under this subsection shall be subject to an agreement that conversion, use, or disposal of the project so assisted for purposes contrary to the purpose of this Act, as determined by the Secretary, shall result in a right of the United States to reimbursement of all funds made available to such a project or the proportion of the increased value of the project attributable to such funds as determined at the time of such conversion, use, or disposal, whichever is greater. (c) Technical and Preservation Assistance.--The Secretary may provide technical assistance to any person for-- (1) the preservation of historic structures within the historic site; (2) the maintenance of the natural and cultural landscape of the historic site; and (3) local preservation planning for the historic site. SEC. 6. GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN. (a) In General.--Not later than the last day of the third fiscal year beginning after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall, in consultation with the officials described in subsection (b), prepare a general management plan for the historic site. (b) Officials Consulted.--The officials described in this subsection are-- (1) an appropriate official of each appropriate political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that has jurisdiction over all or a portion of the historic site; and (2) an appropriate official of the Steel Industry Heritage Corporation. (c) Submission of Plan to Congress.--Upon the completion of the general management plan, the Secretary shall submit a copy of the plan to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Resources of the House of Representatives. Amend the title so as to read: A bill to establish the Homestead Steel Works National Historic Site in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PURPOSE OF THE BILL The purpose of H.R. 635, as ordered reported, is to establish the Homestead Steel Works National Historic Site in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION In 1996, Congress designated the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in southwestern Pennsylvania to help preserve, interpret, and manage the historic, cultural, and natural resources related to the steel industry. From 1875 to 1980, southwestern Pennsylvania was the ``steel making capital of the world'' producing steel for the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building. The Heritage Area encompasses 3,000 square miles in seven counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Westmoreland, Greene, Fayette and Washington. Located within the Heritage Area is the United States Steel Homestead Works--site of the 1892 bloody Homestead Steel Strike, the Carrie Furnace complex--last of the giant blast furnaces from the Homestead Works, and the Hot Metal Bridge. H.R. 635 would create a 38-acre National Historic Park within the National Heritage Area to further highlight the historic significance of the Homestead Works, the Carrie Furnace and the Hot Metal Bridge. COMMITTEE ACTION H.R. 635 was introduced on February 14, 2001, by Congressman Mike Doyle. The bill was referred to the Committee on Resources, and within the Committee to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation, and Public Lands. On September 12, 2002, the Full Resources Committee met to consider the bill. The Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation, and Public Lands was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 635 by unanimous consent. Congressman George Radanovich (R-CA) offered an amendment in the nature of a substitute to change the designation from a National Park to a Historic Site. It was adopted by unanimous consent. The bill, as amended, was then ordered favorably reported to the House of Representatives by unanimous consent. COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS Regarding clause 2(b)(1) of rule X and clause 3(c)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Resources' oversight findings and recommendations are reflected in the body of this report. CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT Article I, section 8 of the Constitution of the United States grants Congress the authority to enact this bill. COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XIII 1. Cost of Legislation. Clause 3(d)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives requires an estimate and a comparison by the Committee of the costs which would be incurred in carrying out this bill. The Committee on Resources believes that enactment of this bill will not have a significant effect on the federal budget. 2. Congressional Budget Act. As required by clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section 308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, this bill does not contain any new budget authority, spending authority, credit authority, or an increase or decrease in revenues or tax expenditures. 3. General Performance Goals and Objectives. This bill does not authorize funding and therefore, clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives does not apply. 4. Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate. Under clause 3(c)(3) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section 403 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee has requested but not received a cost estimate for this bill from the Director of the Congressional Budget Office. COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLIC LAW 104-4 This bill contains no unfunded mandates. PREEMPTION OF STATE, LOCAL OR TRIBAL LAW This bill is not intended to preempt any State, local or tribal law. CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW If enacted, this bill would make no changes in existing law.