43 U.S. Code § 510a - Guidelines and inspection of project facilities and technical assistance to transferred works operating entities
(a) Guidelines and inspections
(1) Development of guidelines
Not later than 1 year after March 30, 2009, the Secretary in consultation with transferred works operating entities shall develop, consistent with existing transfer contracts, specific inspection guidelines for project facilities which are in proximity to urbanized areas and which could pose a risk to public safety or property damage if such project facilities were to fail.
(2) Conduct of inspections
Not later than 3 years after March 30, 2009, the Secretary shall conduct inspections of those project facilities, which are in proximity to urbanized areas and which could pose a risk to public safety or property damage if such facilities were to fail, using such specific inspection guidelines and criteria developed pursuant to paragraph (1). In selecting project facilities to inspect, the Secretary shall take into account the potential magnitude of public safety and economic damage posed by each project facility.
(b) Use of inspection data
The Secretary shall use the data collected through the conduct of the inspections under subsection (a)(2) to—
(1) provide recommendations to the transferred works operating entities for improvement of operation and maintenance processes, operating procedures including operation guidelines consistent with existing transfer contracts, and structural modifications to those transferred works;
(2) determine an appropriate inspection frequency for such nondam project facilities which shall not exceed 6 years; and
(c) Technical assistance to transferred works operating entities
(1) Authority of Secretary to provide technical assistance
The Secretary is authorized, at the request of a transferred works operating entity in proximity to an urbanized area, to provide technical assistance to accomplish the following, if consistent with existing transfer contracts:
(B) Development of documented emergency notification and response procedures for a project facility.
(D) Development of a training program on operation and maintenance requirements and practices for a project facility for a transferred works operating entity’s workforce.
(E) Development of a public outreach plan on the operation and risks associated with a project facility.
The Secretary is authorized to provide, on a non-reimbursable basis, up to 50 percent of the cost of such technical assistance, with the balance of such costs being advanced by the transferred works operating entity or other non-Federal source. The non-Federal 50 percent minimum cost share for such technical assistance may be in the form of in-lieu contributions of resources by the transferred works operating entity or other non-Federal source.
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