SPONSOR: Sen. Grams (R-MN)
SHORT TITLE AS INTRODUCED:
Department of Energy Abolishment Act
OFFICIAL TITLE AS INTRODUCED:
A bill to abolish the Department of Energy, and for other purposes.
DATE INTRODUCED: 4-16-96
Sen Faircloth - 04/16/96
Sen Abraham - 04/16/96
Sen Stevens - 04/16/96
Sen Kyl - 05/06/96
Sen Grassley - 05/06/96
COMMITTEE(S) OF REFERRAL:
Senate Energy and Natural Resources
DETAILED LEGISLATIVE HISTORY
Apr 16, 96: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Jul 23, 96: Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Date of scheduled hearings. SD-366 9:30a.
Sep 4, 96: Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Hearings held
COMPLETE BILL TEXT:
The complete bill text is available on Thomas: The Library of Congress Web Site. In Thomas, click on Full Text of Legislation, then 104th Congress Bills, then Search by Bill Number, type in s 1678 , hit RUN QUERY, and choose the most recent version.
BILL DIGEST (as introduced)
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Depar tment of Energy Abolishment Act - Title I: Abolishment of Department of Energy - Redesignates the Department of Energy (DOE) as the Energy Programs Resolution Agency (the Agency), headed by an Administrator to perform the previous functions of the Department of Energy. Provides for the continuation of service of the Secretary of Energy as the interim Administrator.
(Sec. 105) Authorizes the Administrator to establish, consolidate, alter, or discontinue in the Energy Programs Resolution Age ncy any organizational entities that were entities of DOE. Sunsets the Agency three years after enactment of this Act.
(Sec. 107) Amends the Department of Energy Organization Act to restore the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as an in dependent agency.
(Sec. 108) Transfers to the Secretary of the Interior all functions of: (1) the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration; (2) certain DOE civilian energy research programs; and (3) specified DOE science and technolo gy programs.
(Sec. 109) Transfers all functions of the Administrator of the Energy Regulatory Administration to the Attorney General.
(Sec. 110) Directs the Comptroller General to report to the Congress on the most efficient way to accomplis h the complete abolishment of DOE and the transfer or termination of its functions.
Title II: Energy Laboratories - Subtitle A: National Defense Laboratories - Transfers the functions of the Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia Natio nal Laboratories to the Under Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Programs (established by title V).
Subtitle B: Nondefense Energy Laboratories - Transfers to the National Science Foundation all functions of the Secretary of Energy relating to nondefense energy laboratories.
(Sec. 213) Establishes the Nondefense Energy Laboratory Commission as an independent body to recommend to the Congress disposition options (reconfiguration, privatization, closure, or transfer) for nondefense energy laboratories, programs, or any of the basic science programs. Authorizes appropriations. Prescribes procedural guidelines for fast track congressional consideration of the Commission's report.
(Sec. 216) Sets deadlines for closure of all nondefe nse energy laboratories and basic science programs unless the Congress has approved other specified dispositions.
(Sec. 218) Establishes the Energy Laboratory Facility Closure Account to fund implementation of disposition actions.
Title I II: Power Marketing Administrations - Transfers to the Secretary of the Army (acting through the Chief of Engineers of the Army Corps of Engineers) all functions of the Administrators of: (1) the Bonneville Power Administration; (2) the Southeastern Power Administration; (3) the Southwestern Power Administration; and (4) the Western Area Power Administration.
(Sec. 303) Directs the Comptroller General to study and report to the Congress on: (1) specified aspects of such power administrations ; and (2) recommended final disposition alternatives.
Expresses the intent of the Congress that: (1) any purchaser of facilities shall be required to maintain any contracts with customers in force as of the effective date; and (2) any sales of suc h facilities be executed so as to minimize the impact on the ultimate ratepayers.
Title IV: Transfer and Disposal of Reserves - Subtitle A: Strategic Petroleum Reserve - Transfers to the Secretary of Defense all functions performed by the S ecretary of Energy regarding the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, including the Industrial Petroleum Reserve, the Early Storage Reserve, and the Regional Petroleum Reserve. Instructs the Secretary of Defense to submit to the Congress a plan for the disposal of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve within a specified timeframe, including a plan for disposal of the reserves held at Weeks Island, Louisiana.
Subtitle B: Naval Petroleum Reserves - Transfers to the Administrator of the Energy Programs Res olution Agency all functions performed with respect to the naval petroleum reserves, except Naval Petroleum Reserve Numbered 1 (Elk Hills). Instructs the Administrator to develop a joint plan with the Secretaries of the Interior and of the Army for dispo sal of the naval petroleum reserves within a specified timeframe.
Title V: National Security and Environmental Management Programs - Establishes the Defense Nuclear Programs Agency (the Agency) in the Department of Defense (DOD), headed by an Under Secretary for Defense Nuclear Programs.
(Sec. 502) Identifies the Under Secretary as the Staff Director of the Nuclear Weapons Council.
(Sec. 503) Transfers to the Under Secretary all national security supervisory functions previous ly performed by: (1) DOE over defense, nonproliferation, and defense-related environmental management programs, and the Sandia, Los Alamos, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories; (2) the Defense Nuclear Agency of DOD relating to nuclear weapons sy stems; and (3) the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.
Authorizes the Secretary of Defense to transfer other nuclear weapons-related functions to the Under Secretary.
(Sec. 504) Places restrictions upon the transfer of funds by the AGEN CY.
Title VI: Environmental Restoration Activities at Defense Nuclear Facilities - Amends the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to require the Under Secretary to review ongoing and planned remedia tion activities for consistency with such Act.
(Sec. 601) Sets forth guidelines for site-specific risk assessment and an analysis of risk reduction benefits and costs, which shall be conducted before the selection of a remedial action at a defense nuclear facility.
(Sec. 603) Instructs the Under Secretary to renegotiate the terms of any compliance agreement entered into with the Secretary of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the relevant State in order to have it reflect this Act.
Title VII: Civilian Radioactive Waste Management - Amends the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 to terminate the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management and transfer its authority and assets to the Army Corps of Engineers (the C orps). Requires the Corps to assume all obligations of the Office affecting the Yucca Mountain site, and reissuance of Nevada State permits for the Corps. Prescribes procedural guidelines for Corps preparation and implementation of a Yucca Mountain site characterization plan.
(Sec. 702) Amends the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 to reaffirm that the obligation of the Secretary of Energy to accept high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel beginning by January 31, 1998, is absolute and i s not dependent on commencement of operation of a repository or a monitored retrievable storage facility. States that such obligation shall be neither voided nor delayed for any reason.
Repeals: (1) the site selection limitation placed upon the s iting of a monitored retrievable storage facility; and (2) the licensing conditions placed upon such facility.
(Sec. 703) Prescribes procedural guidelines for the licensing and expansion of an initial uranium storage facility.
Title VIII: Miscellaneous Provisions - Sets forth miscellaneous implementing provisions, conferring upon the Office of Management and Budget authority to make any determination regarding functions transferred under this Act and incidental transfers.
(Source: Library of Congress)
Last updated December 26, 1996 by Kasey Shewey, AGI Government Affairs