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Text of the Bureau of Reclamation Site Security Costs Act of 2007

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on December 4, 2007 but was never passed by the Senate. The text of the bill below is as of Dec 4, 2007 (Reported by House Committee).

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Union Calendar No. 283

110th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1662

[Report No. 110–459]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 23, 2007

(for herself, Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, Mr. Franks of Arizona, and Mr. Renzi) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

December 4, 2007

Additional sponsors: Mr. Grijalva, Mrs. Cubin, Mr. Herger, Mr. Costa, Mr. Radanovich, and Mr. Hastings of Washington

December 4, 2007

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on March 23, 2007

A BILL

To amend the Reclamation Safety of Dams Act of 1978 to authorize improvements for the security of dams and other facilities.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Bureau of Reclamation Site Security Costs Act of 2007.

2.

Treatment of capital costs

Costs incurred by the Secretary of the Interior for the physical fortification of Bureau of Reclamation facilities to satisfy increased post-September 11, 2001, security needs, including the construction, modification, upgrade, or replacement of such facility fortifications, shall be nonreimbursable.

3.

Treatment of security-related operation and maintenance costs

(a)

Reimbursable costs

The Secretary of the Interior shall include no more than $18,900,000 per fiscal year, indexed each fiscal year after fiscal year 2008 according to the preceding year’s Consumer Price Index, of those costs incurred for increased levels of guards and patrols, training, patrols by local and tribal law enforcement entities, operation, maintenance, and replacement of guard and response force equipment, and operation and maintenance of facility fortifications at Bureau of Reclamation facilities after the events of September 11, 2001, as reimbursable operation and maintenance costs under Reclamation law.

(b)

Costs collected through water rates

In the case of the Central Valley Project of California, site security costs allocated to irrigation and municipal and industrial water service in accordance with this Act shall be collected by the Secretary exclusively through inclusion of these costs in the operation and maintenance water rates.

4.

Transparency and report to congress

(a)

Policies and procedures

The Secretary is authorized to develop policies and procedures with project beneficiaries, consistent with the requirements of subsections (b) and (c), to provide for the payment of the reimbursable costs described in section 3.

(b)

Notice

On identifying a Bureau of Reclamation facility for a site security measure, the Secretary shall provide to the project beneficiaries written notice—

(1)

describing the need for the site security measure and the process for identifying and implementing the site security measure; and

(2)

summarizing the administrative and legal requirements relating to the site security measure.

(c)

Consultation

The Secretary shall—

(1)

provide project beneficiaries an opportunity to consult with the Bureau of Reclamation on the planning, design, and construction of the site security measure; and

(2)

in consultation with project beneficiaries, develop and provide timeframes for the consultation described in paragraph (1).

(d)

Response; notice

Before incurring costs pursuant to activities described in section 3, the Secretary shall consider cost containment measures recommended by a project beneficiary that has elected to consult with the Bureau of Reclamation on such activities. The Secretary shall provide to the project beneficiary—

(1)

a timely written response describing proposed actions, if any, to address the recommendation; and

(2)

notice regarding the costs and status of such activities on a periodic basis.

(e)

Report

The Secretary shall report annually to the Natural Resources Committee of the House of Representatives and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the Senate on site security actions and activities undertaken pursuant to this Act for each fiscal year. The report shall include a summary of Federal and non-Federal expenditures for the fiscal year and information relating to a 5-year planning horizon for the program, detailed to show pre-September 11, 2001, and post-September 11, 2001, costs for the site security activities.

5.

Pre-september 11, 2001 security cost levels

Reclamation project security costs at the levels of activity that existed prior to September 11, 2001, shall remain reimbursable.

Amend the title so as to read: A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to seek limited reimbursement for site security activities, and for other purposes..

December 4, 2007

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed