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Title of Law:Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1998
Law #:Public Law 105-383
Passed by Congress:105th Congress (2nd Session)

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HRES602 Shuster (R-PA) 10/15/98
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Providing for the concurrence by the House with an amendment in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2204.

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105TH CONGRESS
2D SESSION

H. RES. 602

Providing for the concurrence by the House with an amendment in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2204.

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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 15, 1998

Mr. SHUSTER submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

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RESOLUTION

Providing for the concurrence by the House with an amendment in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2204.

//Resolved\\ , That upon the adoption of this resolution the House shall be considered to have taken from the Speaker's table the bill (H.R. 2204) to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 1998 and 1999 for the Coast Guard, and for other purposes, and the Senate amendment thereto, and to have concurred in the Senate amendment with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the matter proposed to be inserted by the Senate amendment, insert the following:

!!SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.!!

This Act may be cited as the "Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1998".

!!SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS.!!

The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

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Sec. 421. Vessel documentation clarification.

Sec. 422. Dredge clarification.

Sec. 423. Double hull alternative designs study.

Sec. 424. Vessel sharing agreements.

Sec. 425. Reports.

Sec. 426. Report on tonnage calculation methodology.

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!!SEC. 423. DOUBLE HULL ALTERNATIVE DESIGNS STUDY. !!

Section 4115(e) of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (46 U.S. Code 3703a note) is amended by adding at the end thereof the following:

"(3)(A) The Secretary of Transportation shall coordinate with the Marine Board of the National Research Council to conduct the necessary research and development of a rationally based equivalency assessment approach, which accounts for the overall environmental performance of alternative tank vessel designs. Notwithstanding the Coast Guard opinion of the application of sections 101 and 311 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 and 1321), the intent of this study is to establish an equivalency evaluation procedure that maintains a high standard of environmental protection, while encouraging innovative ship design. The study shall include:

"(i) development of a generalized cost spill data base, which includes all relevant costs such as clean-up costs and environmental impact costs as a function of spill size;

"(ii) refinement of the probability density functions used to establish the extent of vessel damage, based on the latest available historical damage statistics, and current research on the crash worthiness of tank vessel structures;

"(iii) development of a rationally based approach for calculating an environmental index, to assess overall outflow performance due to collisions and groundings; and

"(iv) application of the proposed index to double hull tank vessels and alternative designs currently under consideration.

"(B) A Marine Board committee shall be established not later that 2 months after the date of enactment of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1998. The Secretary of Transportation shall submit to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the House of Representatives a report on the results of the study not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1998.

"(C) Of the amounts authorized by section 1012(a)(5)(A) of this Act, $500,000 is authorized to carry out the activities under subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this paragraph.".

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