(1) In general.— The Secretary of Transportation may make grants for technical assistance to local communities and groups of individuals (not including for-profit entities) relating to the safety of pipeline facilities in local communities, other than facilities regulated under Public Law 93–153 (43 U.S.C. 1651 et seq.). No grants may be awarded under section
60114(g) until the Secretary has established competitive procedures for awarding grants under this section and criteria for selecting grant recipients. The amount of any grant under this section may not exceed $100,000 for a single grant recipient. The Secretary shall establish appropriate procedures to ensure the proper use of funds provided under this section.
(2) Demonstration grants.— At least the first 3 grants awarded under this section shall be demonstration grants for the purpose of demonstrating and evaluating the utility of grants under this section. Each such demonstration grant shall not exceed $25,000.
(3) Dissemination of technical findings.— Each recipient of a grant under this section shall ensure that—
(A)the technical findings made possible by the grants are made available to the relevant operators; and
(B)open communication between the grant recipients, local operators, local communities, and other interested parties is encouraged.
(4) Technical assistance defined.— In this subsection, the term “technical assistance” means engineering and other scientific analysis of pipeline safety issues, including the promotion of public participation in official proceedings conducted under this chapter.
(b) Prohibited Uses.— Funds provided under this section to grant recipients and their contractors may not be used for lobbying, for direct advocacy for or against a pipeline construction or expansion project, or in direct support of litigation.
(c) Annual Report.—
(1) In general.— Not later than 90 days after the last day of each fiscal year for which grants are made by the Secretary under this section, the Secretary shall report to the Committees on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives on grants made under this section in the preceding fiscal year.
(2) Contents.— The report shall include—
(A)a listing of the identity and location of each recipient of a grant under this section in the preceding fiscal year and the amount received by the recipient;
(B)a description of the purpose for which each grant was made; and
(C)a description of how each grant was used by the recipient.
(d) Authorization of Appropriations.— There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Transportation for carrying out this section $1,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2015. Such amounts shall not be derived from user fees collected under section
Public Law 93–153, referred to in subsec. (a)(1), is Pub. L. 93–153, Nov. 16, 1973, 87 Stat. 576, as amended. Title II of the Act, known as the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act, is classified generally to chapter 34 (§ 1651 et seq.) of Title 43, Public Lands. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section
1651 of Title
43 and Tables.
2012—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 112–90, § 32(e)(1), substituted “$100,000” for “$50,000”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 112–90, § 32(e)(2), inserted “to grant recipients and their contractors” after “this section” and “, for direct advocacy for or against a pipeline construction or expansion project,” after “for lobbying”.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 112–90, § 32(e)(3), substituted “$1,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2015” for “$1,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2003 through 2010”.
2006—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 109–468, § 5(1), substituted “No grants may be awarded under section
60114(g) until the Secretary has established competitive” for “The Secretary shall establish competitive”.
Subsec. (a)(2) to (4). Pub. L. 109–468, § 5(2), (3), added pars. (2) and (3) and redesignated former par. (2) as (4).
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