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Title of Law:Departments of Veterans Affairs, and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000
Law #:Public Law 106- 74
Passed by Congress:106th Congress (1st Session)

The following are excerpts, highlighted in red, from the final legislation and/or conference report which contain National Academies’ studies. (Pound signs [##] between passages denote the deletion of unrelated text.)

HRpt 106-379 CONFERENCE REPORT to accompany H.R. 2684 MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND FOR SUNDRY INDEPENDENT AGENCIES, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, CORPORATIONS, AND OFFICES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2000, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Conference Committee
(10/13/99)
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Appropriates $645,000,000 for science and technology as proposed by the House instead of $642,483,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conferees have agreed to the following increases to the budget request:

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37. $2,000,000 for the National Research Council to conduct a study of the effectiveness of clean air programs utilized by federal, state, and local governments. This study is intended to reveal, among other things, any contradictions among the various clean air programs, rules, and regulations at every level of government which may result in worsening air

quality in the United States.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS AND MANAGEMENT

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50. $1,500,000 for a cumulative impacts study of North Slope oil and gas development. The conferees expect the Administrator to contract for the full amount with the National Academy of Sciences through the National Research Council's Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology to perform the study which shall be completed within 2 years of contract execution. The Council shall seek input from federal and state agencies, Native organizations, non-governmental entities, and other interested parties. Pending completion of the NRC study, the conferees direct that

federal agencies shall not, under any circumstances, rely upon the pendency of the study to delay, suspend, or otherwise alter federal decision-making and NEPA compliance for any existing or proposed oil and gas exploration, development, production or delivery on the North Slope.

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SCIENCE, AERONAUTICS AND TECHNOLOGY

Appropriates $5,606,700,000 for science, aeronautics and technology. The House had proposed $4,975,700,000 in this account and the Senate had proposed $5,424,700,000. The amount provided is $182,000,000 above the budget request. The amount provided consists of:

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The conferees are concerned that the large amount of data being collected as part of NASA science missions is not being put to the best possible use. To allay these concerns, the conferees direct NASA to contract with the National Research Council for the study of the availability and usefulness of data collected from all of NASA's science missions. The study should also address what investments are needed in data analysis commensurate with the promotion of new missions.

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EARTH SCIENCES

The conferees have not terminated the Triana program as the House had proposed. Instead, the conferees direct NASA to suspend all work on the development of the Triana satellite using funds made available by this appropriation until the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has completed an evaluation of the scientific goals of the Triana mission. The conferees expect the NAS to move expeditiously to complete its evaluation. In the event of a favorable report from the NAS, NASA may not launch Triana prior to January 1, 2001. The conferees have no objection to NASA's reserving funds made available by this appropriation for potential termination costs. The conferees recognize that, if a favorable report is rendered by the NAS, there will be some additional cost resulting from the delay.

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