3-4-08, House Agreed to Bill by Voice Vote
Referred to Senate
Committee on Armed Services
H. R. 3111
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 5, 2008
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services
To provide for the administration of Port Chicago Naval Magazine
National Memorial as a unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
Enhancement Act of 2008'.
SEC. 2. PORT CHICAGO NAVAL MAGAZINE NATIONAL MEMORIAL.
Section 203 of the Port Chicago National Memorial Act of 1992 (Public Law
102-562; 16 U.S.C. 431; 106 Stat. 4235) is amended--
(1) by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (f);
(2) by inserting after subsection (b) the following new subsections:
`(c) Administration- The Secretary of the Interior shall administer the Port
Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial as a unit of the National Park System
in accordance with this Act and laws generally applicable to units of the
National Park System, including the National Park Service Organic Act (39
Stat. 535; 16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.) and the Act of August 21, 1935 (49 Stat. 666;
16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.). Land transferred to the administrative jurisdiction
of the Secretary of the Interior under subsection (d) shall be administered
in accordance with this subsection.
`(d) Transfer of Land- The Secretary of Defense shall transfer a parcel of
land, consisting of approximately 5 acres, depicted within the proposed boundary
on the map titled `Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, Proposed
Boundary', numbered 018/80,001, and dated August 2005, to the administrative
jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior if the Secretary of Defense
`(1) the land is excess to military needs; and
`(2) all environmental remediation actions necessary to respond to environmental
contamination related to the land have been completed in accordance with
the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
of 1980 (42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.) and other applicable laws.
`(e) Agreement With City of Concord and East Bay Regional Park District- The
Secretary of the Interior is authorized to enter into an agreement with the
City of Concord, California, and the East Bay Regional Park District, to establish
and operate a facility for visitor orientation and parking, administrative
offices, and curatorial storage for the Memorial.'; and
(3) in subsection (f), (as redesignated by paragraph (1)), by striking `Secretary
of the Navy to provide public access to the Memorial.' and inserting `Secretary
of Defense to provide as much public access as possible to the Memorial
without interfering with military needs.'.
SEC. 3. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON REMEDIATION AND REPAIR OF PORT CHICAGO NAVAL
MAGAZINE NATIONAL MEMORIAL.
(a) Remediation- It is the sense of Congress that, in order to facilitate
the land transfer described in subsection (d) of section 203 of the Port Chicago
National Memorial Act of 1992, as added by section 2, the Secretary of Defense
should promptly remediate remaining environmental contamination related to
(b) Repair- It is the sense of Congress that, in order to preserve the Port
Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial for future generations, the Secretary
of Defense and the Secretary of the Interior should work together to--
(1) repair storm damage to the Port Chicago site; and
(2) develop a process by which future repairs and necessary modifications
to the site can be achieved in as timely and cost-effective a manner as
Passed the House of Representatives March 4, 2008.
LORRAINE C. MILLER,
By Deborah M. Spriggs,