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basis, may provide (A) continuity of management, good cutting practices, and marketing services, (B) physical consolidation of small holdings or administrative consolidation for efficient management under long-term agreement, (C) management of forest lands, donated to the timber development organizations for demonstrating good forest management, on a profita. ble and taxpaying basis, and (D) establishment of a permanent fund for perpetuation of the work of the corporations to be composed of donations, real or personal, for educational purposes.

(2) provide not more than one-half of the initial capital requirements of such timber development organizations through loans under the applicable provisions of the Consolidated Farmers Home Administration Act of 1961 (7 U.S.C. 1926 et seq.). Such loans shall not be used for the construction or acquisition of facilities for manufacturing, processing or marketing forest products.

(b) Not to exceed $5,000,000 of the funds authorized in section 401 of this Act shall be available to carry out this section.

MINING AREA RESTORATION

Sec. 205. (a) In order to further the economic development of the region by rehabilitating areas presently damaged by deleterious mining practices, the Secretary of the Interior is authorized to

(1) make financial contributions to States in the region to seal and fill voids in abandoned coal mines in accordance with the provisions of the Act of July 15, 1955 (30 U.S.C. 571 et seq.), without regard to section 2(b) thereof (30 U.S.C. 572(b)) or to any provisions therein limiting assistance to anthracite coal formations, or to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Grants under this paragraph shall be made solely out of funds specifically appropriated for the purpose of carrying out this Act.

(2) plan and execute projects for extinguishing underground and outcrop mine fires in the region in accordance with the provisions of the Act of August 31, 1954 (30 U.S.C. 551 et seq.), without regard to any provisions therein relating to annual appropriation authorization ceilings. Grants under this paragraph shall be made solely out of funds specifically appropriated for the purpose of carrying out this Act.

(3) expand and accelerate fish and wildlife restoration projects in the region in accordance with the provisions of the Act of September 2, 1937, (16 U.S.C. 669 et seq.), and the Act of August 9, 1950 (16 U.S.C. 777 et seq.), without regard to any provisions therein relating to apportionments among the States and to limitations on the availability of funds. The expenses of projects under this paragraph shall be paid solely out of funds specifically appropriated for the purpose of carrying out this Act, and shall not be taken into account in the computation of the apportionments among the

States pursuant to any other provisions of law. (b) For the fiscal years 1966 and 1967, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Federal share of mining area restoration projects carried out under subsection (a) of this section and conducted on lands other than federally owned lands shall not exceed 75 per centum of the total cost thereof. Strip mine restoration projects shall be carried out only on lands, public or private, on which there is provided access and use by the public to assure an adequate public benefit.

(c) The Congress hereby declares its intent to provide for a study of a comprehensive, long-range program for the purpose of reclaiming and rehabilitating strip and surface mining areas in the United States. To this general end, the Secretary of the Interior shall, in full cooperation with the Secretary of Agriculture, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and other appropriate Federal, State, and local departments and agencies, and with the Commission, make a survey and study of strip and surface mining operations and their effects in the United States. The Secretary of the Interior shall submit to the President his recommendations for a long-range comprehensive program for reclamation and rehabilitation of strip and surface mining areas in the United States and for the policies under which the program should be conducted, and the President shall submit these to the Congress, together with his recommendations, not later than July 1, 1967. By July 1, 1966, the Secretary shall make an interim report to the Comission summarizing his findings to that date on those aspects of strip and surface mining operations in the region that are most urgently in need of attention. Such study and recommendations shall include, but not be limited to, a consideration of the following matters

(1) the nature and extent of strip and surface mining operations in the United States and the conditions resulting therefrom;

(2) the ownership of the real property involved in strip and surface mining operations;

(3) the effectiveness of past action by States or local units of government to remedy the adverse effects of strip and surface mining operation by financial or regulatory measures, and requirements for appropriate State legislation, including adequate enforcement thereof, to provide for proper reclamation and rehabilitation of areas which may be strip and surface mined in the future;

(4) the public interest in and public benefits which may result from reclamation, rehabilitation, and appropriate development and use of areas subjected to strip and surface mining operations, including (A) economic development growth, (B) public recreation, (C) public health and safety, (D) water pollution, stream sedimentation, erosion control, and flood control, (E) highway programs, (F) fish and wildlife protection and restoration, (G) scenic values, and (H) forestry and agriculture;

(5) the appropriate roles of Federal, State, and private interests in the recla nation and rehabilitation of strip and surface mining areas and the relative costs to be borne by each, including specific consideration of (A) the extent, if any, to which strip and surface mine operators are unable to bear the cost of remedial action within the limits imposed by the economics of such mining activity, and (B) the extent to which the prospective value of lands and other natural resources, after remedial work has been completed, would be inadequate to justify the landowners doing the remedial work at their expense; and

(6) the objectives and the total overall costs of a program for accomplishing the reclamation and rehabilitation of existing strip and surface mining areas in the United States, giving adequate consideration to (A) the economic benefits in relation to costs, (B) the prevention of future devastation of reclaimed and rehabilitated areas, (C) the avoidance of unwarranted financial gain to private owners of improved property, and (D) the types of

aid required to accomplish such reclamation and rehabilitation. (a) Not to exceed $21,500,000 of the funds authorized in section 401 of this Act shall be available to carry out this section.

WATER RESOURCE SURVEY

Sec. 206. (a) The Secretary of the Army is hereby authorized and directed to prepare a comprehensive plan for the development and efficient utilization of the water and related resources of the Appalachian region, giving special attention to the need for an increase in the production of economic goods and services within the region as a means of expanding economic opportunities and thus enhancing the welfare of its people, which plan shall constitute an integral and harmonious component of the regional economic development program authorized by this Act.

(b) This plan may recommend measures for the control of floods, the regulation of the rivers to enhance their value as sources of water supply for industrial and municipal development, the generation of hydroelectric power, the prevention of water pollution by drainage from mines, the development and enhancement of the recreational potentials of the region, the improvement of the rivers for navigation where this would further industrial development at less cost than would the improvement of other modes of transportation, the conservation and efficient utilization of the land resources, and such other measures as may be, found necessary to achieve the objectives of this section.

(c) To insure that the plan prepared by the Secretary of the Army shall constitute a harmonious component of the regional program, he shall consult with the Commission and the following: the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, the Secretary of the Interior, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Federal Power Commission.

(d) The plan prepared pursuant to this section shall be submitted to the Commission. The Commission shall submit the plan to the President with a statement of its views, and the President shall submit the plan to the Congress with his ommendations not later than December 31, 1968.

The Federal agencies referred to in subsection (c) of this section are authorized to assist the Secretary of the Army in the preparation of

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the plan authorized by this section, and the Secretary of the Army is authorized to enter into and perform such contracts, leases, cooperative agreements, or other transactions as may be necessary to the preparation of this plan and on such terms as he may deem appropriate, with any department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States or with any State, or any political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality thereof, or with any person, firm, association, or corporation.

(f) The plan to be prepared by the Secretary of the Army pursuant to this section shall also be coordinated with all comprehensive river basin plans heretofore or hereafter developed by United States study commissions, interagency committees, or similar planning bodies, for those river systems draining the Appalachian region.

(g) Not to exceed $5,000,000 of the funds authorized in section 401 of this Act shall be available to carry out this section.

PART B-SUPPLEMENTATIONS AND MODIFICATIONS OF EXISTING PROGRAMS

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION FACILITIES

SEO. 211. (a) In order to provide basic facilities to give the people of the region the training and education they need to obtain employment, the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare is authorized to make grants for construction of the school facilities needed for the provision of vocational education in areas of the region in which such education is not now adequately available. Such grants shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the Vocational Education Act of 1963 (77 Stat. 403), without regard to any provisions therein relating to appropriation authorization ceilings or to allotments among the States. Grants under this section shall be made solely out of funds specifically appropriated for the purpose of carrying out this Act, and shall not be taken into account in the computation of the allotments among the States made pursuant to any other provision of law.

(b) Not to exceed $16,000,000 of the funds authorized in section 401 of this Act shall be available to carry out this section.

SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS

SEC. 212. (a) In order to provide facilities to assist in the prevention of pollution of the region's streams and to protect the health and welfare of its citizens, the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare is authorized to make grants for the construction of sewage treatment works in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 466 et seq.), without regard to any provisions therein relating to appropriation authorization ceilings or to allotments among the States. Grants under this section shall be made solely out of funds specifically appropriated for the purpose of carrying out this Act, and shall not be taken into account in the computation of the allotments among the States pursuant to any other provision of law.

(b) Not to exceed $6,000,000 of the funds authorized insection 401 of this Act shall be available to carry out this section.

AMENDMENTS TO HOUSING ACT OF 1954

SEC. 213. (a) Section 701 (a) of the Housing Act of 1954 (40 U.S.C. 461 (a)) is amended by striking the word "and" at the end of paragraph (7), by substituting for the period at the end of paragraph (8) the phrase "; and", and by adding a new paragraph (9) to read as follows:

"(9)_the Appalachian Regional Commission, established by the Appalichian Regional Development Act of 1965, for comprehensive planning for

the Appalachian region as defined by section 403 of such Act.” (b) Section 701 (b) of the Housing Act of 1954 (40. U.S.C. 461(b)), is amended by adding before the period at the end of the first sentence the following: “, or to the Appalachian Regional Commission”.

SUPPLEMENTS TO FEDERAL GRANT-IN-AID PROGRAMS

SEC. 214. (a) In order to enable the people, States, and local communities of the region, including local development districts, to take maximum advantage of Federal grant-in-aid programs (as hereinafter defined) for which they are eligible but for which, because of their economic situation, they cannot supply the required matching share, the Secretary of Commerce is authorized, pursuant to specific recommenations of the Commission approved by him and after consultation with the appropriate Federal officials, to allocate funds appropriated to carry out this section to the heads of the departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Federal Government responsible for the administration of such Federal grant-in-aid programs. Funds so allocated shall be used for the sole purpose of increasing the Federal constribution to projects under such programs above the fixed maximum portion of the cost of such project otherwise authorized by the applicable law. Funds shall be so allocated for Federal grant-in-aid programs for which funds are available under the Act authorizing such programs. Such allocations shall be available without regard to any anpropriation authorization ceilings in such Act.

(b) The Federal portion of such costs shall not be increased in excess of the percentages established hy regulations promulgated by the Secretary of Commerce, and such regulations shall in no event authorize the Federal portion of such costs to exceed 80 per centum thereof.

(c) The term "Federal grant-in-aid programs” as used in this section means those Federal grant-in-aid programs authorized by this Act for the construction or equipment of facilities, and all other Federal grant-in-aid programs authorized on or before the effective date of this Act by Acts other than this Act for the acquisition of land and the construction or equipment of facilities, including but not limited to grant-in-aid programs authorized by the following Acts: Federal Water Pollution Control Act; Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act; title VI of the Public Health Service Act; Vocational Education Act of 1963; Library Services Act; Federal Airport Act; part IV of title III of the Communications Act of 1934; Higher Education Facilities Act of 1963; Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965. The term sh:11 not include (A) the program for the construction of the derelopment highway system authorized by section 201 of this Act or any other program relating to highway or road construction, or (B) any other program for which loans or other Falleral financial assistance, except a grant-in-aid program, is authorized by this or any other Act.

(d) Not to exceed $90,000,000 of the funds authorized in section 401 of this Act shall be available to carry out this section.

PART C-GENERAL PROVISIONS

DAINTENANCE OF EFFORT

SEC. 221. No State and no political subdivision of such State shall be eligible to receive benefits under this Act unless the aggregate expenditures of State funds, exclusive of Federal funds, for the benefit of the area within the State located in the region are maintained at a level which does not fall below the average level of such expenditures for its last two full fiscal years preceding the date of enactment of this Act. In computing the average level of expenditure for it last two fiscal years, a State's past expenditure for participation in the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways shall not be included. The Commission shall recommend to the President or such Federal officer or officers as the President may designate, a lesser requirement when it finds that a substantial population decrease in that portion of a State which lies within the region would not justify a State expenditure equal to the average level of the last two years or when it finds that a State's average level of expenditure, within an individual program, has been disproportionate to the present need for that portion of the State which lies within the region.

CONSENT OF STATES

SEC. 222. Nothing contained in this Act shall be interpreted as requiring any State to engage in or accept any program under this Act without its consent.

PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION

SEC. 223. A program authorized under any section of this title shall not be implemented until (1) the Commission has consulted with the appropriate official or officials concerned with such program as may be designated by the Govprnor or Governors of the State or States involved and has obtained the recommendations of such official or officials with respect to such program and (2) plans with respect to such program have been recommended by the Commission and have been submitted to and approved or modified by the President or such Federal officer or officers as the President may designate.

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT CRITERIA

Sec. 224. (a) In developing recommendations on the programs and projects to be given assistance under this Act, and in establishing within those recommendations a priority ranking of the requests for assistance presented to the Commission, the Commission shall follow procedures that will insure consideration of the following factors :

(1) the relationship of the project or class of projects to overall regional development including its location in an area determined by the State to have the greatest potential for growth;

(2) the population and area to be served by the project or class of projects including the relative per capita income and the unemployment rates in the area;

(3) the relative financial resources available to the State or political subdivisions or instrumentalities thereof which seek to undertake the projects;

(4) the importance of the project or class of projects in relation to other projects or classes of projects which may be in competition for the same funds;

(5) the prospects that the project for which assistance is sought will improve, on a continuing rather than a temporary basis, the opportunities for employnient, the average level of income, or the economic and social develop

ment of the area served by the project. (b) Nothing in this Act shall authorize any assistance under this Act to be used (1) in relocating establishments from one area to another; (2) to finance the cost of industrial plants, commercial facilities, machinery, working capital; (3) to finance the cost of facilities for the generation, transmission, or distribution of electric energy; or (4) to finance the cost of facilities for the production, transmission, or distribution of gas (natural, manufactured, or mixed).

TITLE III-ADMINISTRATION

LOCAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS-CERTIFICATION

SEC. 301. For the purposes of this Act, a "local development district" shall be an entity certified to the Commission either by the Governor of the State or States in which such entity is located, or by the State officer designated by the appropriate State law to make such certification, as having a charter or authority that includes the economic development of counties or parts of counties or other political subdivisions within the region. No entity shall be certified as a local development district for the purposes of this Act unless it is one of the following:

(i) a nonprofit incorporated body organized or chartered under the law of the State in which it is located:

(2) a nonprofit agency or instrumentality of a State or local government;

(3) a nonprofit agency or instrumentality created through an interstate compact; or

(4) a nonprofit association or combination of such bodies, agencies, and instrumentalities.

GRANTS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES OF LOCAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS AND FOR

RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS

SEC. 302. (a) The Secretary of Commerce is authorized

(1) either directly or through arrangements with the Commission, to make grants for administrative expenses to local development districts. The amount of any such grant shall not exceed 75 per centum of such expenses in any one fiscal year. No grants for administrative expenses shall be made to a local development district for a period in excess of three years beginning on the date the initial grant is made to such development district. The local contributions for administrative expenses may be in cash or in kind,

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