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H.R. 1893: Great Lakes and Fresh Water Algal Bloom Information Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 4, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1893

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 4, 2017

(for himself and Mr. Cartwright) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To require the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to create an electronic database of research and information on the causes of, and corrective actions being taken with regard to, algal blooms in the Great Lakes, their tributaries, and other surface fresh waters, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Great Lakes and Fresh Water Algal Bloom Information Act.

2.

Great Lakes algal blooms information database

(a)

In general

The Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shall create an electronic database of research and information on the causes and corrective actions being taken with regard to algal blooms in the Great Lakes, their tributaries, and other surface fresh waters.

(b)

Contents

The Administrator shall include in the database relevant chemical, physical, and biological data that have been collected by an accredited university, association or organization, research group, Federal agency, State, or local government in the United States or Canada.

(c)

Confidentiality

In creating and making information available through the database, the Administrator shall protect confidentiality of information in accordance with all applicable United States laws and regulations.

(d)

Annual report and availability of information

The Administrator shall—

(1)

report to the Congress each year comprehensive findings on information that was included in the database in the year covered by the report, including information regarding corrective actions being taken; and

(2)

make information in the database electronically available to the public.

(e)

No new authority

This section shall not be construed to grant any authority to the Administrator, including any authority to require submission of data.