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(6) Assess generally the extent of overdrafting of ground water resources, and the adequacy of existing mechanisms for preventing such overdrafting.
(7) Assess generally the engineering and technological capability to recharge aquifers.
(8) Assess the adequacy of the present understanding of ground water recharge zones and sole source aquifers and assess the adequacy of knowledge regarding the interrelationship of designated aquifers and recharge zones.
(9) Assess the role of land-use patterns as these relate to protecting ground water from contamination.
(10) Assess methods for remedial abatement of ground water contamination as well as the costs and benefits of cleaning up polluted ground water and compare cleanup costs to the costs of substitute water supply methods.
(11) Investigate policies and actions taken by foreign governments to protect ground water from contamination.
(12) Assess the use and effectiveness of existing interstate compacts to address ground water protection from contamination.
(13) Analyze existing legal rights and remedies regarding contamination of ground water.
(14) Assess the adequacy of existing standards for ground water quality under State and Federal law.
(15) Assess monitoring methodologies of the Stat and the Federal Government to achieve the level of protection of the resource as required by State and Federal law.
(16) Assess the relationship between ground water flow systems (and associated recharge areas) and the control of sources of contamination.
(17) Assess the role of underground injection practices as a means of disposing of waste fluids while protecting ground water from contamination.
(18) Assess methods for abatement and containment of ground water contamination and for aquifer restoration including the costs and benefits of alternatives to abatement and containment.
(19) Assess State and Federal ground water law and mechanisms with which to manage the quality of the ground water resource.
(20) Assess the adequacy of existing ground water research and determine future ground water research needs.
(21) Assess the roles of State, local, and Federal Governments in managing ground water quality. (c)(1) The Commission shall be composed of nineteen members as follows:
(A) six appointed by the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from among the Members of the House of Representatives, two of whom shall be members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, two of whom shall be members of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, and two of whom shall be members of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs;
(B) four appointed by the majority leader of the United States Senate from among
the Members of the United States Senate;
(i) four from among a list of nominations submitted to the President by the National Governors Association, two of whom shall be representatives of ground water appropriation States and two of whom shall be representatives of ground water riparian States;
(ii) one from among a list of nominations submitted to the President by the National League of Cities and the United States Conference of Mayors;
(iii) one from among a list of nominations submitted to the President by the National Academy of Science;
(iv) one from among a list of nominations submitted to the President by groups, organizations, or associations of industries the activities of which may affect ground water; and
(v) one from among a list of nominations submitted to the President from groups, organizations, or associations of citizens which are representative of persons concerned with pollution and environmental issues and which have participated, at the State or Federal level, in studies, administrative proceedings, or litigation (or any combination thereof) relating to ground water; and
(D) the Director of the Office of Technology Assessment. A vacancy in the Commission shall be filled in the manner in which the original appointment was made. Appointments may be made under this subsection without regard to section 5311(b) of title 5, United States Code. Not more than three of the
six members appointed under subparagraph (A) and not more than two of the four members appointed under subparagraph (B) may be of the same political party. No member appointed under paragraph (C) may be an officer or employee of the Federal Government.
(2) If any member of the Commission who was appointed to the Commission as a Member of the Congress leaves that office, or if any member of the Commission who was appointed from persons who are not officers or employees of any government becomes an officer or employee of a government, he may continue as a member of the Commission for not longer than the ninety-day period beginning on the date he leaves that office or becomes such an officer or employee, as the case may be.
(3) Members shall be appointed for the life of the Commission.
(4)(A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), members of the Commission shall each be entitled (subject to appropriations provided in advance) to receive the daily equivalent of the maximum annual rate of basic pay in effect for grade GS18 of the General Schedule for each day (including travel time) during which they are engaged in the actual performance of duties vested in the Commission. While away from their homes or regular places of business in the performance of sevices for the Commission, members of the Commission shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in the same manner as persons employed intermittenly in Government service are allowed expenses under section 5703 of title 5 of the United States Code.
(B) Members of the Commission who are Members of the Congress shall receive no additional pay, allowances, or benefits by reason of their service on the Commission.
(5) Five members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum but two may hold hearings.
(6) The Chairman of the Commission shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives from among members appointed under paragraph (1XA) of this subsection and the Vice Chairman of the Commission shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate from among members appointed under paragraph (1)(B) of this subsection. The Chairman and the Vice Chairman of the Commission shall serve for the life of the Commission unless they cease to be members of the Commission before the termination of the Commission.
(7) The Commission shall meet at the call of the Chairman or a majority of its members.
(d)(1) The Commission shall have a Director who shall be appointed by the Chairman, without regard to section 5311(b) of title 5, United States Code.
(2) The Chairman may appoint and fix the pay of such additional personnel as the Chairman considers appropriate.
(3) With the approval of the Commission, the Chairman may procure temporary and intermittent services under section 3109(b) of title 5 of the United States Code.
(4) The Commission shall request, and the Chief of Engineers and the Director of the Geological Survey are each authorized to detail, on a reimbursable basis, any of the personnel of their respective agencies to the Commission to assist it in carry. ing out its duties under this section. Upon request of the Commission, the head of any other Federal agency is authorized to detail, on a reimbursable basis, any of the personnel of such agency to the Commission to assist it in carrying out its duties under this section.
(e)(1) The Commission may, for the purpose of carrying out this section, hold such hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, and receive such evidence, as the Commission considers appropriate.
(2) Any member or agent of the Commission may, if so authorized by the Commission, take any action which the Commission is authorized to take by this section.
(3) The Commission may use the United States mails in the same manner and under the same conditions as other departments and agencies of the United States.
(4) The Administrator of General Services shall provide to the Commission on a reimbursable basis such administrative support services as the Commission may request.
(5) The Commission may secure directly from any department or agency of the United States information necessary to enable it to carry out this section. Upon request of the Chairman of the Commission, the head of such department or agency shall furnish such information to the Commission.
(1)(1) The Commission shall transmit to the President and to each House of the Congress a report not later than October 30, 1986. The report shall contain a detailed statement of the findings and conclusions of the Commission with respect to each item listed in subsection (b), together with its recommendations for such legislation, and administrative actions, as it considers appropriate.
(2) Not later than one year after the enactment of the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984, the Commission shall complete a preliminary study concerning ground water contamination from hazardous and other solid waste and submit to the President and to the Congress a report containing the findings and conclusions of such preliminary study. The study shall be continued thereafter, and final findings and conclusions shall be incorporated as a separate chapter in the report required under paragraph (1). The preliminary study shall include an analysis of the extent of ground water contamination caused by hazardous and other solid waste, the regions and major water supplies most significantly affected by such contamination, and any recommendations of the Commission for preventive or remedial measures to protect human health and the environment from the effects of such contamination.
(g) The Commission shall cease to exist on January 1, 1987.
(h) Nothing in this section and no recommendation of the Commission shall affect any rights to quantities of water established under State law, interstate compact, or Supreme Court decree.
(i) There is authorized to be appropriated for the fiscal years 1985 through 1987 not to exceed $7,000,000 to carry out this section.
TITLE I-DEGRADABLE PLASTIC RING CARRIERS
SEC. 101. FINDINGS.
(1) plastic ring carrier devices have been found in large quantities in the marine environment;
(2) fish and wildlife have been known to have become entangled in plastic ring carriers;
(3) nondegradable plastic ring carrier devices can remain intact in the marine environment for decades, posing a threat to fish and wildlife; and
(4) 16 States have enacted laws requiring that plastic ring carrier devices be made from degradable material in order to reduce litter and to protect fish
and wildlife. SEC. 102. DEFINITIONS. As used in this title
(1) the term “regulated item" means any plastic ring carrier device that contains at least one hole greater than 134 inches in diameter which is made, used, or designed for the purpose of packaging, transporting, or carrying multipackaged cans or bottles, and which is of a size, shape, design, or type capable, when discarded, of becoming entangled with fish or wildlife; and
(2) the term "naturally degradable material” means a material which, when discarded, will be reduced to environmentally benign subunits under the action of normal environmental forces, such as, among others, biological decomposi
tion, photo-degradation, or hydrolysis. SEC. 103. REGULATION.
Not later than 24 months after the date of the enactment of this title (unless the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency determines that it is not feasible or that the byproducts of degradable regulated items present a greater threat to the environment than nondegradable regulated items), the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall require, by regulation, that any regulated item intended for use in the United States shall be made of naturally degradable material which, when discarded, decomposes within a period established by such regulation. The period within which decomposition must occur after being discarded shall be the shortest period of time consistent with the intended use of the item and the physical integrity required for such use. Such regulation shall allow a reasonable time for affected parties to come into compliance, including the use of existing inventories.
(a) ESTABLISHMENT.—The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (hereafter referred to as the “Administrator") shall establish a program to assist
small communities in planning and financing environmental facilities. The program shall be known as the "Small Town Environmental Planning Program".
(b) SMALL TOWN ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING TASK FORCE.-(1) The Administrator shall establish a Small Town Environmental Planning Task Force which shall be composed of representatives of small towns from different areas of the United States, Federal and State governmental agencies, and public interest groups. The Administrator shall terminate the Task Force not later than 2 years after the establishment of the Task Force. (2) The Task Force shall
(A) identify regulations developed pursuant to Federal environmental laws which pose significant compliance problems for small towns;
(B) identify means to improve the working relationship between the Envi. ronmental Protection Agency (hereafter referred to as the Agency) and small towns;
(C) review proposed regulations for the protection of the environmental and public health and suggest revisions that could improve the ability of small towns to comply with such regulations;
(D) identify means to promote regionalization of environmental treatment systems and infrastructure serving small towns to improve the economic condition of such systems and infrastructure; and
(E) provide such other assistance to the Administrator as the Administrator deems appropriate.
(c) IDENTIFICATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS.(1) Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall publish a list of requirements under Federal environmental and public health statutes (and the regulations developed pursuant to such statutes) applicable to small towns. Not less than annually, the Administrator shall make such additions and deletions to and from the list as the Administrator deems appropriate.
(2) The Administrator shall, as part of the Small Town Environmental Planning Program under this section, implement a program to notify small communities of the regulations identified under paragraph (1) and of future regulations and requirements through methods that the Administrator determines to be effective to provide information to the greatest number of small communities, including any of the following:
(A) Newspapers and other periodicals.
(C) Trade, municipal, and other associations that the Administrator determines to be appropriate.
(D) Direct mail. (d) SMALL TOWN OMBUDSMAN.—The Administrator shall establish and staff an Office of the Small Town Ombudsman. The Office shall provide assistance to small towns in connection with the Small Town Environmental Planning Program and other business with the Agency. Each regional office shall identify a small town contact. The Small Town Ombudsman and the regional contacts also may assist larger communities, but only if first priority is ven to providing assistance to small towns.
(e) MULTI-MEDIA PERMITS.(1) The Administrator shall conduct a study of establishing a multi-media permitting program for small towns. Such evaluation shall include an analysis of,
(A) environmental benefits and liabilities of a multi-media permitting program;
(B) the potential of using such a program to coordinate a small town's environmental and public health activities; and
(C) the legal barriers, if any, to the establishment of such a program. (2) Within 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall report to Congress on the results of the evaluation performed in accordance with paragraph (1). Included in this report shall be a description of the activities conducted pursuant to subsections (a) through (d).
(f) DEFINITION.-For purposes of this section, the term "small town" means an incorporated or unincorporated community (as defined by the Administrator) with a population of less than 2,500 individuals.
(g) AUTHORIZATION.-There is authorized to be appropriated the sum of $500,000 to implement this section.