H. R. 6254
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
August 1, 2012
Mr. Carnahan (for himself and Mr. LaTourette) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
To amend the National Dam Safety Program Act to establish a program to provide grant assistance to States for the rehabilitation and repair of deficient dams.
This Act may be cited as the
Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Act of
Rehabilitation and repair of deficient dams
Section 2 of the National Dam Safety Program Act (33 U.S.C. 467) is amended—
by striking paragraph (3);
by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as paragraphs (2) and (3), respectively;
by inserting before paragraph (2) (as redesignated by paragraph (2) of this subsection) the following:
The term Administrator means the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
by redesignating paragraphs (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11), (12), and (13) as paragraphs (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (13), (14), (15), and (16), respectively;
by inserting after paragraph (3) (as redesignated by paragraph (2) of this subsection) the following:
The term deficient dam means a dam that the State within the boundaries of which the dam is located determines—
fails to meet minimum dam safety standards of the State; and
poses an unacceptable risk to the public.
by inserting after paragraph (10) (as redesignated by paragraph (4) of this subsection) the following:
The term publicly-owned dam means a dam that is owned by 1 or more State agencies or governments, local governments, municipal governments, or tribal governments.
The term publicly-owned dam includes a dam owned by a nonprofit organization that—
is established by 1 or more State, local, municipal, or tribal governments; and
provides public benefits, such as—
local flood control districts;
regional public water utilities; and
local irrigation districts.
The term rehabilitation means the repair, replacement, reconstruction, or removal of a dam that is carried out to meet applicable State dam safety standards.
Program for rehabilitation and repair of deficient dams
The National Dam Safety Program Act is amended by inserting after section 8 (33 U.S.C. 467f) the following:
Rehabilitation and repair of deficient dams
Establishment of program
The Administrator shall establish, within FEMA, a program to provide grant assistance to States for use in rehabilitation of deficient dams that are publicly-owned dams.
Award of grants
A State interested in receiving a grant under this section may submit to the Administrator an application for the grant.
An application submitted to the Administrator under this section shall be submitted at such time, be in such form, and contain such information as the Administrator may prescribe by regulation.
The Administrator may make a grant in accordance with this section for rehabilitation of a deficient dam to a State that submits an application for the grant in accordance with the regulations prescribed by the Administrator.
Project grant agreement
The Administrator shall enter into a project grant agreement with the State to establish the terms of the grant and the project, including the amount of the grant.
As part of a project agreement entered into under subparagraph (B), the Administrator shall require a State to provide an assurance, with respect to the dam to be rehabilitated under the project, that the owner of the dam has developed and will carry out a plan for maintenance of the dam during the expected life of the dam.
Applicability of requirements
The Administrator shall require recipients of grants under this section to assure compliance with the standards set forth in section 611(j)(9) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5196(j)(9)), as in effect on the date of enactment of this section, in the same manner that recipients of financial contributions under section 611(j) of such Act are required to assure compliance with such standards.
The Administrator, in consultation with the Board, shall develop a risk-based priority system for use in identifying deficient dams for which grants may be made under this section.
Allocation of funds
The total amount of funds appropriated pursuant to subsection (h)(1) for a fiscal year shall be allocated for making grants under this section to States applying for the grants for that fiscal year as follows:
1/3 divided equally among applying States.
2/3 divided among applying States based on the proportion that—
the number of non-Federal publicly-owned dams that the Secretary of the Army identifies in the national inventory of dams maintained under section 6 as constituting a danger to human health and that are located within the boundaries of the State; bears to
the number of non-Federal publicly-owned dams that are so identified and that are located within the boundaries of all applying States.
Use of funds
None of the funds provided in the form of a grant or otherwise made available under this section shall be used—
to rehabilitate a Federal dam;
to perform routine operation or maintenance of a dam;
to modify a dam to produce hydroelectric power;
to increase water supply storage capacity; or
to make any other modification to a dam that does not also improve the safety of the dam.
The Federal share of the cost of rehabilitation of a deficient dam for which a grant is made under this section may not exceed 65 percent of the cost of the rehabilitation.
Subject to paragraph (2), as a condition on the receipt of a grant under this section, a State that receives the grant shall require that each contract and subcontract for program management, construction management, planning studies, feasibility studies, architectural services, preliminary engineering, design, engineering, surveying, mapping, and related services entered into using funds from the grant be awarded in the same manner as a contract for architectural and engineering services is awarded under—
chapter 11 of title 40, United States Code; or
an equivalent qualifications-based requirement prescribed by the State.
No proprietary interest
A contract awarded in accordance with paragraph (1) shall not be considered to confer a proprietary interest upon the United States.
Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section—
$10,000,000 for fiscal year 2013;
$15,000,000 for fiscal year 2014;
$25,000,000 for fiscal year 2015;
$50,000,000 for fiscal year 2016; and
$100,000,000 for fiscal year 2017.
There is authorized to be appropriated to provide for the employment of such additional staff of FEMA as are necessary to carry out this section $400,000 for each of fiscal years 2013 through 2017.
Period of availability
Amounts made available under this section shall remain available until expended.
Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency shall issue a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the amendments made by section 2 to the National Dam Safety Program Act (33 U.S.C. 467 et seq.).
Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency shall promulgate a final rule regarding the amendments described in subsection (a).