IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 13, 2013
Mr. Merkley (for himself, Mr. Wyden, and Mrs. Feinstein) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To authorize the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide certain funds to eligible entities for activities undertaken to address the marine debris impacts of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and for other purposes.
Authority to provide funds
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration may provide funds to an eligible entity impacted by the covered marine debris event to assist such entity with the costs of any activity previously carried out, being carried out, or to be carried out to address the effects of such event.
The Administrator may provide funds under subsection (a) using any funds provided by the Government of Japan for activities to address the effects of the covered marine debris event.
In this section, the following definitions apply:
Covered marine debris event
The term covered marine debris event means the events, including marine debris, resulting from the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
The term eligible entity means any State, local, or tribal government.