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provide for a feasibility study before carrying out any Federal action relating
to the Chicago Area Water System.IN THE SENATE OF THE
June 15, 2011
COATS (for himself and Mr. LUGAR) introduced the following bill; which was read
twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works
To provide for a feasibility study before carrying
out any Federal action relating to the Chicago Area Water System.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States
of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. DEFINITIONS.
(1) CAWS- The term `CAWS' means the Chicago Area
(2) ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT- The term
`economic impact statement' means the economic impact statement described in section
(3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary
of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers.
DUTY TO ASSESS THE IMPACT OF FEDERAL ACTION ON JOBS AND COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY.
(a) In General- Prior to any major Federal action, as determined by the Secretary,
to prevent the introduction or establishment of a population of aquatic nuisance
species between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Basins that would impact
the flow of commerce or commercial activity within the CAWS, the Secretary shall
prepare an economic impact statement as described in subsection (b).
(b) Economic Impact Statement-
(1) CONTENTS- An economic impact
statement required under subsection (a) shall include a detailed statement by
the Secretary relating to--
(A) the impact of the
proposed action on the flow of commerce and commercial activity;
(B) the impact of the proposed action on jobs and job opportunities, including
an assessment of the quantity of jobs that would be lost and gained as a result
of the proposed action;
(C) any adverse economic
effects that could not be avoided if the proposal is implemented;
(D) the alternatives to the proposed action, including a cost-benefit analysis
of each alternative;
(E) the relationship between
any local short-term impacts on commerce or commercial activity and maintenance
and enhancement of long-term productivity and environmental values; and
(F) any adverse impacts to public or private property that could result if the
proposal is implemented, including damage relating to flooding or new water drainage
(A) IN GENERAL- Prior to preparing an economic impact statement, the Secretary
shall consult with and obtain the comments of--
(i) any Federal or State agency that has jurisdiction by law or special expertise
with respect to any of the activities described in paragraph (1);
(ii) communities affected by the proposed Federal action described in subsection
(iii) any other stakeholders.
(B) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION- A copy of each statement and any comments or views obtained
as a result of the consultation under subparagraph (A) shall--
(i) be made available on a publicly accessible Internet site; and
(ii) accompany the proposal described in subsection (a) through the applicable
Federal agency review process.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENTS- An economic impact statement under
this Act may be combined with a detailed statement of environmental impacts required
to be prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C.
4321 et seq.).