16 U.S. Code § 4712 - National ballast water management information
The Task Force, in cooperation with the Secretary, shall conduct a study to determine whether aquatic nuisance species threaten the ecological characteristics and economic uses of Lake Champlain and other waters of the United States other than the Great Lakes.
The Secretary, in cooperation with the Task Force, shall conduct surveys of ballast water discharge rates and practices in the waters referred to in paragraph (1)(A) on the basis of the criteria under clauses (i) and (ii) of such paragraph.
Not later than 18 months after November 29, 1990, and prior to the effective date of the regulations issued under section 4711(b) of this title, the Task Force shall submit a report to the Congress that presents the results of the study required under subsection (a)(1) of this section and makes recommendations with respect to such regulations.
The Secretary, working through the International Maritime Organization, is encouraged to enter into negotiations with the governments of foreign countries concerning the planning and implementation of measures aimed at the prevention and control of unintentional introductions of aquatic nuisance species in coastal waters.
1998—Subsec. (f)(2). Pub. L. 105–362 substituted “biennial basis” for “biannual basis” in introductory provisions.
Pub. L. 104–332, § 2(c)(1), substituted “management information” for “control program” in section catchline.
Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 104–332, § 2(c)(2)(A), inserted “, in cooperation with the Secretary,” before “shall conduct” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 104–332, § 2(c)(2), inserted “, in cooperation with the Secretary,” before “shall conduct” and “Lake Champlain and other” after “economic uses of”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 104–332, § 2(c)(3), added subsec. (b) and struck out heading and text of former subsec. (b). Text read as follows: “The Secretary and the Task Force shall cooperate in conducting their respective studies under this section.”
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 104–332, § 2(g), substituted “Congress” for “appropriate Committees” in pars. (1) and (2).
Subsecs. (e), (f). Pub. L. 104–332, § 2(c)(4), added subsecs. (e) and (f).
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