As soon as practicable, the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, shall carry out a national program of inspection of dams for the purpose of protecting human life and property. All dams in the United States shall be inspected by the Secretary except
(1) dams under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Reclamation, the Tennessee Valley Authority, or the International Boundary and Water Commission,
(2) dams which have been constructed pursuant to licenses issued under the authority of the Federal Power Act [16 U.S.C. 791a et seq.],
(3) dams which have been inspected within the twelve-month period immediately prior to August 8, 1972, by a State agency and which the Governor of such State requests be excluded from inspection, and
(4) dams which the Secretary of the Army determines do not pose any threat to human life or property. The Secretary may inspect dams which have been licensed under the Federal Power Act upon request of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and dams under the jurisdiction of the International Boundary and Water Commission upon request of such Commission.
(b) State participation
On request of a State dam safety agency, with respect to any dam the failure of which would affect the State, the head of a Federal agency shall—
(1)provide information to the State dam safety agency on the construction, operation, maintenance, condition, or provisions for emergency operations of the dam; or
(2)allow any official of the State dam safety agency to participate in the Federal inspection of the dam.
The Federal Power Act, referred to in subsec. (a), is act June 10, 1920, ch. 285, 41 Stat. 1063, as amended, which is classified generally to chapter 12 (§ 791a et seq.) of Title 16, Conservation. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see section
791a of Title
16 and Tables.
A prior section 3 ofPub. L. 92–367was renumbered section
4 and is classified to section
467b of this title.
2014—Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 113–121substituted “maintenance, condition, or provisions for emergency operations” for “or maintenance”.
1996—Pub. L. 104–303inserted section catchline, designated existing provisions as subsec. (a) and inserted heading, and added subsec. (b).
Transfer of Functions
“Federal Energy Regulatory Commission” substituted in text for “Federal Power Commission” on authority of Pub. L. 95–91, title IV, § 402(a)(1)(A),Aug. 4, 1977, 91 Stat. 583, which is classified to section
7172(a)(1)(A) of Title
42, The Public Health and Welfare.
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