S. 3142 (102nd): Department of Energy National Security Act for Fiscal Year 1993

Aug 06, 1992 (102nd Congress, 1991–1992)
Died (Passed Senate) in a previous session of Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on September 19, 1992 but was never passed by the House.

Reported by Committee
Jul 24, 1992
Aug 06, 1992
Passed Senate
Sep 19, 1992
Samuel Nunn
Senator from Georgia
Related Bills
H.R. 5006 (Related)
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1993

Signed by the President
Oct 23, 1992

S. 3114 (Related)
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1993

Passed Senate
Last Action: Sep 19, 1992

Full Title

An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1993 for defense activities of the Department of Energy, and for other purposes.


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9/19/1992--Passed Senate amended.
Department of Energy National Security Act for Fiscal Year 1993 -
TitleXXXI (SIC) - Department of Energy National Security Programs
SubtitleA - National Security Programs Authorizations
Authorizes appropriations to the Department of Energy (DOE) for FY 1993 for operating expenses and for plant and capital equipment necessary in carrying out national security programs in the following areas:
(1) weapons activities;
(2) new production reactors;
(3) environmental restoration and waste management; and
(4) defense materials production and other defense programs.
Earmarks specified FY 1993 funding for the defense inertial confinement fusion program.
Prohibits the obligation of FY 1993 DOE funds for:
(1) the design, purchase, or installation of any fire protection, cooling, or refrigeration system that utilizes class I chlorofluorocarbons unless the Secretary of Energy determines that an alternate system is not commercially available; or
(2) the implementation of the reconfiguration of any nonnuclear DOE activities until the Secretary reports the results of certain analyses and certifications to the defense committees.
Prohibits the use of FY 1993 new production reactor funding to close out the new production reactor program until 30 days after the Secretary has submitted to the defense committees a plan with respect to the completion of certain work in connection with such program.
SubtitleB - Recurring General Provisions
Prohibits the use of funds appropriated pursuant to this title for the costs of a program exceeding 105 percent of the program authorization or $10,000,000 more than the amount authorized, whichever is less, or for programs which have not been presented to, or requested of, the Congress, unless the Secretary transmits to the defense committees a full and complete statement of the action proposed and 30 days have elapsed.
Prohibits the total funds obligated pursuant to this title from exceeding the total amount authorized to be appropriated by this title.
Authorizes the Secretary to carry out any general plant project only if the total estimated cost of the project does not exceed $1,200,000.
Requires reports to the defense committee by the Secretary when the costs exceed such amount.
Sets forth procedures for the approval of construction projects which exceed by more than 25 percent their estimated cost or authorized amount.
Exempts from such procedures any projects which have an estimated cost of less than $5,000,000.
Allows for the transfer of funds from specified projects to other government agencies for the performance of work for which the funds were appropriated.
Authorizes the Secretary to carry out advance planning and construction design services in connection with any proposed construction project if the total estimated cost for such services does not exceed $2,000,000.
Directs the Secretary to notify the defense committees whenever the estimated cost of such planning and design exceeds $300,000.
Requires specific authorization by law whenever such estimated cost exceeds $2,000,000.
Authorizes the Secretary to perform emergency construction planning and design in order to protect public health and safety or property or to meet the needs of national defense.
Requires the Secretary to report to the defense committees before taking any such action.
Makes funds appropriated for management and support activities and for general plant projects under this title available for all national security programs of DOE.
SubtitleC - Miscellaneous
Authorizes the Secretary to pay to the EPA a stipulated civil penalty assessed under Federal environmental law against the Fernald Environmental Management Project. Prohibits the Secretary from entering into a contract or other agreement for the performance of environmental restoration and waste management activities with any persons convicted of having committed a criminal violation in connection with activities at a DOE facility under the Clean Air Act, the Solid Waste Disposal Act, or the Safe Drinking Water Act. Amends the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to prohibit the appropriation, obligation, or expenditure of DOE national security program funds for the following activities unless such funds have been specifically authorized by law:
(1) procurement of goods or services;
(2) R&D or procurement or production related to R&D;
(3) nuclear weapons testing;
(4) construction; and
(5) operation and maintenance of any defense nuclear facility or of the DOE central office.
Earmarks specified FY 1993 DOE program management funds for certain oversight activities.
Directs the Secretary to establish a citizen advisory group for each DOE nuclear facility to undertake certain review, evaluation, reporting, and recommendation actions with respect to such nuclear facilities.
Directs the Secretary to provide funding to each advisory group for the hiring of technical assistance and support staff.
Limits such expense to $250,000 per group.
Provides funding for such advisory groups from FY 1993 DOE national security funds.
Replaces the Director of Defense Research and Engineering with the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition on the Nuclear Weapons Council. Amends the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to review the offset for payments for injuries believed to arise out of the atomic weapons testing program.
Directs the Secretary to report annually to the defense committees on the new production reactor program of DOE, requiring such reports until the construction of the new production reactor is completed.
Expresses the sense of the Congress that the technology chosen for new production reactor capacity have the highest probability of successfully sustaining operation, the lowest risk of operational failure, and the lowest cost of construction and operation.
Amends the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 to require any non-Federal entity that operates a laboratory pursuant to a contract with a Federal agency to submit to the head of such Federal agency any cooperative R&D agreement that the entity proposes to enter into with a small business firm and the joint work statement required with respect to that agreement.
Outlines procedures for the approval or disapproval of the proposed agreement and joint work statement by the Federal agency.
Directs the Secretary to establish a program to facilitate and encourage the transfer of technology to small businesses and to issue guidelines relating to the program by May 1, 1993.
Directs the Secretary and the Secretary of Defense to provide appropriate federally funded technology transfer centers with information on cooperative R&D agreements or other arrangements entered into with respect to DOE laboratories and other Federal departments and agencies.
Provides funding for such agreements or arrangements.
Amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1989 to authorize the Secretary to allow each DOE contractor and subcontractor carrying out certain activities at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory to loan personnel in order to assist in the economic diversification of the local economy and reduce reliance by the local community on national security programs at such Laboratory. Provides funding for such personnel loan.
Extends such program through FY 1994.
Directs the Secretary to carry out and submit to the Congress a study on the conversion, development, and utilization of the Nevada Test Site, Nevada, or a portion thereof, as a commercial facility for the development of solar energy research and production technologies.
SubtitleD - Defense Nuclear Work Force Restructuring
Directs the Secretary to develop, issue, and commence implementation of a plan for the restructuring of the employee work force at each DOE defense nuclear facility:
(1) the primary mission of which changes from weapons production and related activities to environmental restoration and waste management;
(2) that is scheduled for closure; or
(3) that will experience a reduction of ten percent or more in the number of DOE employees employed at such facility.
Outlines provisions concerning plan requirements and updates and appropriate consultation in plan development with the Secretary of Labor and local labor organizations.
Requires the plan to be submitted to the Congress. Directs the Secretary to establish and carry out a program for the identification and ongoing medical evaluation of current and former DOE employees who are or were subject to significant health risks as a result of the exposure to hazardous or radioactive substances during such employment.
Requires implementation of the program through specified activities.
Requires each employee provided with such medical evaluations to be notified of test results.
Requires such program to be carried out within one year after enactment of this Act. Requires an agreement between the Secretary and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out such program.
TitleXXXII - Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Authorization
Authorizes appropriations for FY 1993 for the operation of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

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