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S.1140 - Gulf Coast Restoration Act
A bill to provide for restoration of the coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and for other purposes.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. GULF COAST ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION.
(2) State coastal ecosystem restoration plan- The term ‘State Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Plan’ means a plan submitted under subsection (c) by a qualifying State to the Task Force.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) Gulf coast ecosystem- The term ‘Gulf Coast ecosystem’ means the coastal zones, as determined pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (
(1) In general- In accordance with this section, the Chair shall review and approve or disapprove State Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Plans submitted by the Governors that provide for restoration activities with respect to the Gulf Coast ecosystem.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) Transfers to fund- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of the Treasury shall deposit into the Fund amounts equal to not less than 80 percent of any amounts collected by the United States as penalties, settlements, or fines under sections 309 and 311 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (
(C) Authorized uses- The Fund shall be available to the Chair for the conservation, protection, and restoration of the Gulf Coast ecosystem in accordance with State Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Plans submitted by the Governors and approved by the Chair under this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) Disbursement- The Chair shall disburse to each qualifying State for which the Chair has approved a State Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Plan under this section such funds as are allocated to the qualifying State under this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) Use of funds by qualifying state- A qualifying State shall use all amounts received under this section, including any amount deposited in a trust fund that is administered by the State and dedicated to uses consistent with this section, in accordance with all applicable Federal and State law, only for 1 or more of the following purposes:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) In general- The Chair must approve a plan of a qualifying State submitted under paragraph (1) before disbursing any amount to the qualifying State under this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) Procedure- Not later than 60 days after the date on which a plan or amendment to a plan is submitted under paragraph (1) or (3), respectively, the Chair shall approve or disapprove the plan or amendment.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) Membership- The Task Force shall consist of the following members, or in the case of a Federal agency, a designee at the level of Assistant Secretary or the equivalent:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(L) Two representatives of local government within each of the States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi, appointed by the Governor of each State, respectively.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) Application of the federal advisory committee act- The Task Force shall not be considered an advisory committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink