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H.R. 673 (rh) To authorize the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to make grants to the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and other appropriate agencies for the purpose of improving water quality throughout the marine ecosystem of the Flor...
106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 673 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES May 8, 2000 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To authorize the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to make grants to the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and other appropriate agencies for the purpose of improving water quality throughout the marine ecosystem of the Florida Keys. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Florida Keys Water Quality Improvements Act of 2000''. SEC. 2. FLORIDA KEYS WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS. Title I of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``SEC. 121. FLORIDA KEYS. ``(a) In General.--Subject to the requirements of this section, the Administrator may make grants to the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, appropriate agencies of municipalities of Monroe County, Florida, and other appropriate public agencies of the State of Florida or Monroe County for the planning and construction of treatment works to improve water quality in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. ``(b) Criteria for Projects.--In applying for a grant for a project under subsection (a), an applicant shall demonstrate that-- ``(1) the applicant has completed adequate planning and design activities for the project; ``(2) the applicant has completed a financial plan identifying sources of non-Federal funding for the project; ``(3) the project complies with-- ``(A) applicable growth management ordinances of Monroe County, Florida; ``(B) applicable agreements between Monroe County, Florida, and the State of Florida to manage growth in Monroe County, Florida; and ``(C) applicable water quality standards; and ``(4) the project is consistent with the master wastewater and stormwater plans for Monroe County, Florida. ``(c) Consideration.--In selecting projects to receive grants under subsection (a), the Administrator shall consider whether a project will have substantial water quality benefits relative to other projects under consideration. ``(d) Consultation.--In carrying out this section, the Administrator shall consult with-- ``(1) the Water Quality Steering Committee established under section 8(d)(2)(A) of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Protection Act (106 Stat. 5054); ``(2) the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force established by section 528(f) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 (110 Stat. 3771-3773); ``(3) the Commission on the Everglades established by executive order of the Governor of the State of Florida; and ``(4) other appropriate State and local government officials. ``(e) Non-Federal Share.--The non-Federal share of the cost of a project carried out using amounts from grants made under subsection (a) shall not be less than 25 percent. ``(f) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be appropriated to the Administrator to carry out this section-- ``(1) $32,000,000 for fiscal year 2001; ``(2) $31,000,000 for fiscal year 2002; and ``(3) $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2003 through 2005. Such sums shall remain available until expended.''. SEC. 3. SENSE OF THE CONGRESS; REQUIREMENT REGARDING NOTICE. (a) Purchase of American-Made Equipment and Products.--In the case of any equipment or products that may be authorized to be purchased with financial assistance provided under this Act (including any amendment made by this Act), it is the sense of the Congress that entities receiving such assistance should, in expending the assistance, purchase only American-made equipment and products. (b) Notice to Recipients of Assistance.--In providing financial assistance under this Act (including any amendment made by this Act), the head of each Federal agency shall provide to each recipient of the assistance a notice describing the statement made in subsection (a) by the Congress. (c) Notice of Report.--Any entity which receives funds under this Act shall report any expenditures on foreign-made items to the Congress within 180 days of the expenditure. Passed the House of Representatives May 4, 2000. Attest: JEFF TRANDAHL, Clerk.
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