S. 1863 (96th): A bill to authorize the Secretary of Commerce to charter the NS SAVANNAH to Patriots Point Development Authority, an agency of the State of South Carolina.

Oct 05, 1979 (96th Congress, 1979–1980)
Signed by the President
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 96-331.
Ernest “Fritz” Hollings
Senator from South Carolina
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Last Updated
Aug 28, 1980
Related Bills
H.R. 5867 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Nov 13, 1979


This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on August 28, 1980.

Introduced Oct 05, 1979
Referred to Committee Oct 05, 1979
Reported by Committee Dec 11, 1979
Passed Senate Dec 18, 1979
Passed House Aug 18, 1980
Signed by the President Aug 28, 1980

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House Merchant Marine and Fisheries

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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12/18/1979--Passed Senate amended.
(Measure passed Senate, amended) Authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to charter the nuclear ship Savannah to the Patriots Point Development Authority, an agency of the State of South Carolina, for a specified period as a museum ship.
Makes the Secretary of Commerce responsible for inspection and maintenance of the hull below the waterline.
Makes the Development Authority responsible for all other maintenance.
Sets forth other conditions to be included in the charter.
Directs the Secretary of Commerce, acting for the United States Government as owner of the vessel, and the Development Authority to apply to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to process the nuclear utilization facility.
Provides that the sole liability of the Secretary shall be the financial responsibility for the disposal of the reactor and other nuclear systems and radioactive contaminated components in the vessel.
Makes the Authority responsible for the monitoring and security of the reactor and all nuclear systems and radioactive components in the vessel and for filing all reports that may be required.
Authorizes the use of specified appropriated funds for preservation work on such ship.
Authorizes the expenditure of already appropriated funds to tow the Savannah to a site at Patriots Point at Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Authorizes appropriations beginning in fiscal year 1981 for hull inspection and maintenance purposes.

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