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S. 80
TO AMEND THE PORTS AND WATERWAYS SAFETY ACT OF
1972 TO PROVIDE FOR AUTHORITY TO BE PLACED IN THE
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
FOR THE CERTIFICATION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL SOUND-
NESS OF THE SITE SELECTION, CONSTRUCTION, AND OPERA-
TION OF OFFSHORE ARTIFICIAL STRUCTURES FOR PORT AND
TERMINAL, POWERPLANT, AIRPORT, AND OTHER SUCH FA-

CILITIES TO BE LOCATED IN THE COASTAL WATERS

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U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

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WASHINGTON : 1973

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COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE

WARREN G. MAGNUSON, Washington, Chairman JOHN O. PASTORE, Rhode Island

NORRIS COTTON, New Hampshire VANCE HARTKE, Indiana

JAMES B. PEARSON, Kansas PHILIP A, HART, Michigan

ROBERT P. GRIFFIN, Michigan HOWARD W. CANNON, Nevada

HOWARD H, BAKER, JR., Tennessee RUSSELL B. LONG, Louisiana

MARLOW, W. COOK, Kentucky
FRANK E. MOSS, Utah

TED STEVENS, Alaska
ERNEST F. HOLLINGS, South Carolina J. GLENN BEALL, JR., Maryland
DANIEL K. INOUYE, Hawaii
JOHN V. TUNNEY, California
ADLAI E. STEVENSON III, Illinois

FREDERICK J. LORDAN, Staff Director
MICHAEL PERTSCHUK, Chief Counsel

JAMES P. WALSH, Staff Counsel
ARTHUR PANKOPF, Jr., Minority Staff Director
MALCOLM M. B. STERRETT, Minority Staff Counsel

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Case, Hon. Clifford P., U.S. Senator from New Jersey-

Moody, O. William, Administrator, Maritime Trades Department, AFL-

CIO

Roth, Hon. William V., U.S. Senator from Delaware_-
Williams, Hon. Harrison A., Jr., U.S. Senator from New Jersey---

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Cafiero, James S., State senator, New Jersey, letter of March 9, 1973------
Chitwood, R. H., chairman, Seadock management committee, Seadock,

letter of March 29, 1973..
Energy, Oil, and the State of Delaware, article--
Fay, James A., and James J. MacKenzie, article..
Read, W. B., president, Loop Inc., letter of March 1, 1973_
Richwine, David S., article in the Boston Globe..
Seigel, Max H., article in the New York Times.-
Southern California Edison Co., statement-

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U.S. SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE,

Washington. 'D.C. The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a.m. in room 5110, New Senate Office Building, Hon. Ernest F. Hollings presiding.

OPENING STATEMENT BY SENATOR HOLLINGS

Senator HOLLINGS. Good morning. Today the Commerce Committee begins the first of three hearings on the subject of offshore artificial structures and the need for their regulation and control.

The committee has before it a bill which deals with one aspect of this wide-ranging subject—the environmental considerations. S. 80 was introduced by myself and was cosponsored by Chairman Magnuson together with Senators Kennedy, Roth, and Stevens.

The bill's purpose is to coordinate the full evaluation of potential impact on our marine environment which might be caused by the construction of large-scale offshore artificial structures. Presently, there is no single federal agency charged with responsibility of closely examining what might occur environmentally should a deepwater port, nuclear powerplant, or airport be built, and then certifying that all possible precautions have been taken to protect our ocean resources. Safety of navigation is an additional concern dealt with in the bill.

Let me state one thing quite clearly at the outset. S. 80 does not purport to be an overall, broad picture approach to the multitude of problems and questions raised by plans to build artificial structures offshore.

I believe the bill does, however, establish a point of beginning, a base to expand upon, as this very important national issue develops.

Policy formulation is just now getting underway. The actual erection of these structures is still in the future. With these preliminary hearings, the Commerce Committee is preparing itself for a broader look later on at the entire question.

In particular, the committee will be looking closely at the relationship of the recently enacted Coastal Zone Management Act, Public Law 92-583, to the regulation of these types of developments. This important new law should prove quite useful in motivating Staff member assigned to these hearings : James P. Walsh,

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