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S. 522 (is) To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to improve the quality of beaches and coastal recreation water, and for other purposes. [Introduced in Senate] ...
similar points of access that are used by the public shall develop and implement, through a process that provides for public notice and an opportunity for comment, a monitoring and notification program for the coastal recreation waters that-- ``(1) protects the public health and safety; ``(2) is consistent with the performance criteria published under subsection (a); ``(3) includes a completed report on the information specified in subsection (b)(3)(A), to be submitted to the Administrator; and ``(4) addresses the matters specified in subsection (c) . ``(e) Database.--The Administrator shall establish, maintain, and make available to the public by electronic and other means a national coastal recreation water pollution occurrence database that provides-- ``(1) the data reported to the Administrator under subsections (b)(3)(A)(i) and (d)(3); and ``(2) other information concerning pathogens and pathogen indicators in coastal recreation waters that-- ``(A) is made available to the Administrator by a State or local government, from a coastal water quality monitoring program of the State or local government; and ``(B) the Administrator determines should be included. ``(f) Technical Assistance for Monitoring Floatable Material.--The Administrator shall provide technical assistance to States and local governments for the development of assessment and monitoring procedures for floatable material to protect public health and safety in coastal recreation waters. ``(g) List of Waters.-- ``(1) In general.--Beginning not later than 18 months after the date of publication of performance criteria under subsection (a), based on information made available to the Administrator, the Administrator shall identify, and maintain a list of, discrete coastal recreation waters adjacent to beaches or similar points of access that are used by the public that-- ``(A) specifies any waters described in this paragraph that are subject to a monitoring and notification program consistent with the performance criteria established under subsection (a); and ``(B) specifies any waters described in this paragraph for which there is no monitoring and notification program (including waters for which fiscal constraints will prevent the State or the Administrator from performing monitoring and notification consistent with the performance criteria established under subsection (a)). ``(2) Availability.--The Administrator shall make the list described in paragraph (1) available to the public through-- ``(A) publication in the Federal Register; and ``(B) electronic media. ``(3) Updates.--The Administrator shall update the list described in paragraph (1) periodically as new information becomes available. ``(h) EPA Implementation.--In the case of a State that has no program for monitoring and notification that is consistent with the performance criteria published under subsection (a) after the last day of the 3-year period beginning on the date on which the Administrator lists waters in the State under subsection (g)(1)(B), the Administrator shall conduct a monitoring and notification program for the listed waters based on a priority ranking established by the Administrator using funds appropriated for grants under subsection (i)-- ``(1) to conduct monitoring and notification; and ``(2) for related salaries, expenses, and travel. ``(i) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be appropriated for making grants under subsection (b), including implementation of monitoring and notification programs by the Administrator under subsection (h), $30,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2001 through 2005.''. SEC. 5. DEFINITIONS. Section 502 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1362) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(21) Coastal recreation waters.-- ``(A) In general.--The term `coastal recreation waters' means-- ``(i) the Great Lakes; and ``(ii) marine coastal waters (including coastal estuaries) that are designated under section 303(c) by a State for use for swimming, bathing, surfing, or similar water contact activities. ``(B) Exclusions.--The term `coastal recreation waters' does not include-- ``(i) inland waters; or ``(ii) waters upstream of the mouth of a river or stream having an unimpaired natural connection with the open sea. ``(22) Floatable material.-- ``(A) In general.--The term `floatable material' means any foreign matter that may float or remain suspended in the water column. ``(B) Inclusions.--The term `floatable material' includes-- ``(i) plastic; ``(ii) aluminum cans; ``(iii) wood products; ``(iv) bottles; and ``(v) paper products. ``(23) Pathogen indicator.--The term `pathogen indicator' means a substance that indicates the potential for human infectious disease.''. SEC. 6. INDIAN TRIBES. Section 518(e) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1377(e)) is amended by striking ``and 404'' and inserting ``404, and 406''. SEC. 7. REPORT. (a) In General.--Not later than 4 years after the date of enactment of this Act, and every 4 years thereafter, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall submit to Congress a report that includes-- (1) recommendations concerning the need for additional water quality criteria for pathogens and pathogen indicators and other actions that should be taken to improve the quality of coastal recreation waters; (2) an evaluation of Federal, State, and local efforts to implement this Act, including the amendments made by this Act; and (3) recommendations on improvements to methodologies and techniques for monitoring of coastal recreation waters. (b) Coordination.--The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency may coordinate the report under this section with other reporting requirements under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.). SEC. 8. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the provisions of this Act, including the amendments made by this Act, for which amounts are not otherwise specifically authorized to be appropriated, such sums as are necessary for each of fiscal years 2001 through 2005. Passed the Senate September 21, 2000. Attest: Secretary. 106th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 522 _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to improve the quality of beaches and coastal recreation water, and for other purposes.
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