50 U.S. Code § 2743 - Minor construction projects

(a) Authority

Using operation and maintenance funds or facilities and infrastructure funds authorized by a DOE national security authorization, the Secretary of Energy may carry out minor construction projects.

(b) Annual report

The Secretary shall submit to the congressional defense committees on an annual basis a report on each exercise of the authority in subsection (a) during the preceding fiscal year. Each report shall provide a brief description of each minor construction project covered by the report.

(c) Cost variation reports to congressional committees

If, at any time during the construction of any minor construction project authorized by a DOE national security authorization, the estimated cost of the project is revised and the revised cost of the project exceeds the minor construction threshold, the Secretary shall immediately submit to the congressional defense committees a report explaining the reasons for the cost variation.

(d) Notification required for certain projectsNotwithstanding subsection (a), the Secretary may not start a minor construction project with a total estimated cost of more than $5,000,000 until—
(1)
the Secretary notifies the congressional defense committees of such project and total estimated cost; and
(2)
a period of 15 days has elapsed after the date on which such notification is received.
(e) Minor construction project defined

In this section, the term “minor construction project” means any plant project not specifically authorized by law for which the approved total estimated cost does not exceed the minor construction threshold.

(Pub. L. 107–314, div. D, title XLVII, § 4703, formerly div. C, title XXXVI, § 3622, Dec. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 2757; renumbered div. D, title XLVII, § 4703, by Pub. L. 108–136, div. C, title XXXI, § 3141(j)(2)(A)–(C), Nov. 24, 2003, 117 Stat. 1781; Pub. L. 117–81, div. C, title XXXI, § 3115(b)(1), Dec. 27, 2021, 135 Stat. 2226.)
Editorial Notes
Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 7386b of Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare, prior to renumbering by Pub. L. 108–136.

Amendments

2021—Subsecs. (d), (e). Pub. L. 117–81 added subsec. (d) and redesignated former subsec. (d) as (e).

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Notification

Pub. L. 111–84, div. C, title XXXI, § 3118(c), Oct. 28, 2009, 123 Stat. 2709, as amended by Pub. L. 111–383, div. C, title XXXI, § 3121(b), Jan. 7, 2011, 124 Stat. 4514, which provided that, notwithstanding section 2743 of title 50, the Secretary of Energy could not start a general plant project with a total estimated cost of more than $5,000,000 until certain conditions were met, was repealed by Pub. L. 117–81, div. C, title XXXI, § 3115(b)(2), Dec. 27, 2021, 135 Stat. 2227.

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