S. 3362 (112th): Dam Safety Act of 2012

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Jun 29, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3362

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 29, 2012

(for himself, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Whitehouse, and Mr. Crapo) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

A BILL

To reauthorize the National Dam Safety Program Act, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Dam Safety Act of 2012.

2.

Purpose

The purpose of this Act and the amendments made by this Act is to reduce the risks to life and property from dam failure in the United States through the reauthorization of an effective national dam safety program that brings together the expertise and resources of the Federal and non-Federal communities in achieving national dam safety hazard reduction.

3.

Administrator

(a)

In general

The National Dam Safety Program Act (33 U.S.C. 467 et seq.) is amended by striking Director each place it appears and inserting Administrator.

(b)

Conforming amendment

Section 2 of the National Dam Safety Program Act (33 U.S.C. 467) is amended—

(1)

by striking paragraph (3);

(2)

by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as paragraphs (2) and (3), respectively; and

(3)

by inserting before paragraph (2) (as redesignated by paragraph (2)) the following:

(1)

Administrator

The term Administrator means the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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4.

Inspection of dams

Section 3(b)(1) of the National Dam Safety Program Act (33 U.S.C. 467a(b)(1)) is amended by striking or maintenance and inserting maintenance, condition, or provisions for emergency operations.

5.

National dam safety program

(1)

Objectives

Section 8(c) of the National Dam Safety Program Act (33 U.S.C. 467f(c)) is amended by striking paragraph (4) and inserting the following:

(4)

develop and implement a comprehensive dam safety hazard education and public awareness program to assist the public in preparing for, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from dam incidents;

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(2)

Board

Section 8(f)(4) of the National Dam Safety Program Act (33 U.S.C. 467f(f)(4)) is amended by inserting , representatives from nongovernmental organizations, after State agencies.

6.

Public awareness and outreach for dam safety

The National Dam Safety Program Act (33 U.S.C. 467 et seq.) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating sections 11, 12, and 13 as sections 12, 13, and 14, respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after section 10 (33 U.S.C. 467g–1) the following:

11.

Public awareness and outreach for dam safety

The Administrator, in consultation with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, dam owners, the emergency management community, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations and associations, institutions of higher education, and any other appropriate entities shall carry out a nationwide public awareness and outreach program to assist the public in preparing for, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from dam incidents.

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7.

Authorization of appropriations

(1)

National Dam Safety Program

(A)

Annual amounts

Section 14(a)(1) of the National Dam Safety Program Act (33 U.S.C. 467j(a)(1)) (as so redesignated) is amended by striking $6,500,000 and all that follows through 2011 and inserting $9,200,000 for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016.

(B)

Maximum amount of allocation

Section 14(a)(2)(B) of the National Dam Safety Program Act (33 U.S.C. 467j(a)(2)(B)) (as so redesignated) is amended—

(i)

by striking The amount and inserting the following:

(i)

In general

The amount

; and

(ii)

by adding at the end the following:

(ii)

Fiscal year 2013 and subsequent fiscal years

For fiscal year 2013 and each subsequent fiscal year, the amount of funds allocated to a State under this paragraph may not exceed the amount of funds committed by the State to implement dam safety activities.

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(2)

National dam inventory

Section 14(b) of the National Dam Safety Program Act (33 U.S.C. 467j(b)) (as so redesignated) is amended by striking $650,000 and all that follows through 2011 and inserting $500,000 for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016.

(3)

Public awareness

Section 14 of the National Dam Safety Program Act (33 U.S.C. 467j) (as so redesignated) is amended—

(A)

by redesignating subsections (c) through (f) as subsections (d) through (g), respectively; and

(B)

by inserting after subsection (b) the following:

(c)

Public awareness

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out section 11 $1,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016.

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(4)

Research

Section 14(d) of the National Dam Safety Program Act (as so redesignated) is amended by striking $1,600,000 and all that follows through 2011 and inserting $1,450,000 for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016.

(5)

Dam safety training

Section 14(e) of the National Dam Safety Program Act (as so redesignated) is amended by striking $550,000 and all that follows through 2011 and inserting $750,000 for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016.

(6)

Staff

Section 14(f) of the National Dam Safety Program Act (as so redesignated) is amended by striking $700,000 and all that follows through 2011 and inserting $1,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016.