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H.R. 2155: Toxic Health Threat Warning Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 23, 2021 (Introduced).


I

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2155

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 23, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To require the Corps of Engineers to notify affected communities before releasing water contaminated with cyanobacteria from flood risk management projects, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Toxic Health Threat Warning Act of 2021.

2.

Releases of water contaminated with cyanobacteria

(a)

Determination

Before releasing water from a flood risk management project, the Secretary shall determine whether the water is contaminated with cyanobacteria, based on tests conducted by the Secretary, another Federal agency, or the State in which the flood risk management project is located.

(b)

Notification

If the Secretary determines under subsection (a) that water to be released from a flood risk management project is contaminated with cyanobacteria, the Secretary shall notify the public and affected governments of the contamination and planned release, and any potential effects on human health, before releasing the water.

(c)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Affected government

The term affected government means a State, local, or Tribal government with jurisdiction over an area that will be affected by a release of water from a flood risk management project.

(2)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers.