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Text of the Green Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2004

This bill was introduced on October 8, 2004, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Oct 8, 2004 (Introduced).

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S 2967 IS

108th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2967

To provide for the implementation of a Green Chemistry Research and Development Program, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 8, 2004

Ms. SNOWE (for herself and Mr. ROCKEFELLER) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


A BILL

To provide for the implementation of a Green Chemistry Research and Development Program, 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 ‘Green Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2004’.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:

      (1) GREEN CHEMISTRY- The term ‘green chemistry’ means chemistry and chemical engineering to design chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances.

      (2) INTERAGENCY WORKING GROUP- The term ‘Interagency Working Group’ means the interagency working group established under section 3(c).

      (3) PROGRAM- The term ‘Program’ means the Green Chemistry Research and Development Program described in section 3.

SEC. 3. GREEN CHEMISTRY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.

    (a) IN GENERAL- The President shall establish a Green Chemistry Research and Development Program to promote and coordinate Federal green chemistry research, development, demonstration, education, and technology transfer activities.

    (b) PROGRAM ACTIVITIES- The activities of the Program shall be designed to--

      (1) provide sustained support for green chemistry research, development, demonstration, education, and technology transfer through--

        (A) merit-reviewed competitive grants to individual investigators and teams of investigators, including, to the extent practicable, young investigators, for research and development;

        (B) merit-reviewed competitive grants to fund collaborative university-industry research and development partnerships;

        (C) green chemistry research, development, demonstration, and technology transfer conducted at Federal laboratories; and

        (D) to the extent practicable, encouragement of consideration of green chemistry in--

          (i) the conduct of Federal chemical science and engineering research and development; and

          (ii) the solicitation and evaluation of all proposals for chemical science and engineering research and development;

      (2) examine methods by which the Federal Government can create incentives for consideration and use of green chemistry processes and products;

      (3) facilitate the adoption of green chemistry innovations;

      (4) expand education and training of undergraduate and graduate students in green chemistry science and engineering;

      (5) collect and disseminate information on green chemistry research, development, and technology transfer, including information on--

        (A) incentives and impediments to development and commercialization;

        (B) accomplishments;

        (C) best practices; and

        (D) costs and benefits; and

      (6) provide venues for outreach and dissemination of green chemistry advances such as symposia, forums, conferences, and written materials in collaboration with, as appropriate, industry, academia, scientific and professional societies, and other relevant groups.

    (c) INTERAGENCY WORKING GROUP- The President shall establish an Interagency Working Group, which shall include representatives from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and any other agency that the President may designate. The Director of the National Science Foundation and the Assistant Administrator for Research and Development of the Environmental Protection Agency shall serve as co-chairs of the Interagency Working Group. The Interagency Working Group shall oversee the planning, management, and coordination of the Program. The Interagency Working Group shall--

      (1) establish goals and priorities for the Program, to the extent practicable in consultation with green chemistry researchers and potential end-users of green chemistry products and processes; and

      (2) provide for interagency coordination, including budget coordination, of activities under the Program.

    (d) REPORT TO CONGRESS- Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Interagency Working Group shall transmit a report to the Committee on Science of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate. The report shall include--

      (1) a summary of federally funded green chemistry research, development, demonstration, education, and technology transfer activities, including the green chemistry budget for each of these activities; and

      (2) an analysis of the progress made toward achieving the goals and priorities for the Program, and recommendations for future program activities.

SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    (a) NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION- From sums otherwise authorized to be appropriated, there are authorized to be appropriated to the National Science Foundation for carrying out this Act--

      (1) $7,000,000 for fiscal year 2005;

      (2) $7,500,000 for fiscal year 2006; and

      (3) $8,000,000 for fiscal year 2007.

    (b) NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY- From sums otherwise authorized to be appropriated, there are authorized to be appropriated to the National Institute of Standards and Technology for carrying out this Act--

      (1) $5,000,000 for fiscal year 2005;

      (2) $5,500,000 for fiscal year 2006; and

      (3) $6,000,000 for fiscal year 2007.

    (c) DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY- From sums otherwise authorized to be appropriated, there are authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Energy for carrying out this Act--

      (1) $7,000,000 for fiscal year 2005;

      (2) $7,500,000 for fiscal year 2006; and

      (3) $8,000,000 for fiscal year 2007.

    (d) ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY- From sums otherwise authorized to be appropriated, there are authorized to be appropriated to the Environmental Protection Agency for carrying out this Act--

      (1) $7,000,000 for fiscal year 2005;

      (2) $7,500,000 for fiscal year 2006; and

      (3) $8,000,000 for fiscal year 2007.