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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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