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Text of the Great Lakes National Program Act

This bill was introduced on June 30, 1993, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jun 30, 1993 (Introduced).

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HR 2565 IH

103d CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2565

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to publish lakewide management plans for the Great Lakes, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 30, 1993

Mr. FINGERHUT (for himself, Mr. QUINN, Mr. STOKES, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. YATES, Mr. LAFALCE, and Mr. BARCIA of Michigan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Public Works and Transportation


A BILL

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to publish lakewide management plans for the Great Lakes, and for other purposes.

    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 ‘Great Lakes National Program Act’.

SEC. 2. LAKEWIDE MANAGEMENT PLANS.

    Paragraph (4) of section 118(c) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1268(c)(4)) is amended to read as follows:

      ‘(4) LAKEWIDE MANAGEMENT PLANS-

        ‘(A) DEADLINES-

          ‘(i) LAKE MICHIGAN AND LAKE SUPERIOR- Not later than January 1, 1995, the Administration shall publish in the Federal Register the final Lakewide Management Plan for Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

          ‘(ii) LAKE ERIE, LAKE HURON, AND LAKE ONTARIO- Not later than January 1, 1998, the Administrator shall publish in the Federal Register proposed Lakewide Management Plans for Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Lake Ontario.

        ‘(B) CONTENTS- Each Lakewide Management Plan shall be consistent with the requirements of Annex 2 of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and shall--

          ‘(i) include an assessment of the environmental condition of the lake, including water and sediment quality and natural resources;

          ‘(ii) identify--

            ‘(I) the pollutants that exceed water or sediment quality standards in the lake, describing the loadings of the pollutants to the lake, including conventional, non-conventional, and toxic pollutants; and

            ‘(II) the point and nonpoint sources of the pollutants;

          ‘(iii) provide a comprehensive protection plan recommending specific actions to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the lake, including--

            ‘(I) the specific measures to protect and maintain high quality waters; and

            ‘(II) an identification of the reduction in loadings of pollutants identified in clause (ii) to ensure the restoration and attainment of water and sediment quality standards, and the protection and propagation of a balanced indigenous population of fish, shellfish, and wildlife and recreation in and on the water; and

          ‘(iv) provide a schedule for implementing recommended actions, including the identification of the agencies and sources responsible for implementing the loading reductions, and the funding sources to support the implementation.

        ‘(C) COOPERATION- Each Lakewide Management Plan shall be developed in cooperation with--

          ‘(i) the State or States bordering the lake, including the public in the State or States;

          ‘(ii) appropriate representatives of Canada; and

          ‘(iii) the Great Lakes Policy Committee.’.

SEC. 3. SEDIMENT CLEANUP.

    (a) REMOVAL OF TOXIC POLLUTANTS- Section 118(c)(7) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1268(c)(7)) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs:

        ‘(D) FULL SCALE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS-

          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- The Program Office shall conduct 5 full scale demonstration projects of promising technologies to remedy contaminated sediments at such sites as the Program Office determines are appropriate.

          ‘(ii) SELECTION OF SITES- In selecting sites for the demonstration projects, the Program Office shall give priority consideration to the sites referred to in subparagraph (A).

          ‘(iii) DEADLINES- The Program Office shall--

            ‘(I) not later than December 31, 1995, complete engineering plans for the full scale demonstration projects to be conducted under this subparagraph; and

            ‘(II) not later than December 31, 2000, complete the full scale demonstration projects to be conducted under this subparagraph.

        ‘(E) ASSESSMENTS AND PILOT SCALE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS-

          ‘(i) ASSESSMENTS-

            ‘(I) IN GENERAL- The Program Office shall conduct chemical, physical, and biological assessments of contaminated sediments at each area of concern.

            ‘(II) RECOMMENDATIONS- Bases on the assessments, the Program Office shall make recommendations on technologies to remedy contaminated sediments at each such area.

            ‘(III) USE OF PREVIOUS FINDINGS- In conducting the assessments, the Program Office shall incorporate previous findings which are relevant to the assessments and avoid duplication of previous or ongoing efforts.

          ‘(ii) PILOT SCALE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS- If, after conducting assessments under clause (i), the Program Office does not have sufficient information to make recommendations on technologies to remedy contaminated sediments at an area of concern, the Program Office shall obtain such information by conducting a pilot scale demonstration project of promising technologies to remedy contaminated sediments at the area of concern.

          ‘(iii) DEADLINES- The Program Office shall--

            ‘(I) not later than December 31, 1999, complete assessments of contaminated sediments to be conducted under clause (i);

            ‘(II) not later than December 31, 1999, transmit to Congress (as part of a comprehensive report required by paragraph (10)) recommendations made under clause (i) on technologies to remedy contaminated sediments for those areas of concern for which the Program Office has sufficient information to make the recommendations and a description of pilot scale demonstration projects to be conducted under clause (ii), including the locations of such projects and engineering plans for such projects; and

            ‘(III) not later than December 31, 2001, complete all pilot scale demonstration projects to be conducted under clause (ii) and transmit to Congress (as part of a comprehensive report required by paragraph (10)) a final report containing findings on activities conducted under this subparagraph and recommendations for remediation of contaminated sediments at each area of concern.

        ‘(F) DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION AND COORDINATION- The Program Office shall assist in and promote the dissemination of information on technologies to remedy contaminated sediments at areas of concern, including the dissemination of such information to Federal departments and agencies.’.

    (b) CONFORMING AND TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS- Section 118(c) of such Act (33 U.S.C. 1268(c)) is amended--

      (1) in the heading to paragraph (6), by striking ‘5-YEAR PLAN AND PROGRAM’ and inserting ‘PLAN AND PROGRAM’;

      (2) in the heading to paragraph (7), by striking ‘5-YEAR STUDY AND DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS’ and inserting ‘STUDY AND DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS’; and

      (3) in paragraph (7)--

        (A) by striking ‘(A)’ and inserting ‘(A) 5-YEAR STUDY- ’;

        (B) by indenting subparagraph (A) and aligning subparagraph (A) with subparagraph (B);

        (C) by striking ‘(B)’ and inserting ‘(B) DEADLINES FOR DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS- ’; and

        (D) by striking ‘(C)’ and inserting ‘(C) PUBLICATION OF INFORMATION- ’.

SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    Subsection (h) of section 118 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1268(h)) is amended to read as follows:

    ‘(h) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There is authorized to be appropriated for activities of the Program Office $30,000,000 per fiscal year for each of fiscal years 1994 through 2000. Such sums shall remain available until expended.’.