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Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2014

Type of law
Legislation
Source

Abstract
This Act amends the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 1998 (16 U.S.C. 1451 note). Among others, the Act added Section 603A which states that the under Secretary, acting through the Task Force, shall maintain and enhance a national harmful algal bloom and hypoxia program. The Task Force shall coordinate interagency review of the objectives and activities of the Program; expedite the interagency review process by ensuring timely review and dispersal of required reports and assessments under this title; support the implementation of the Action Strategy, including the coordination and integration of the research of all Federal programs, including ocean and Great Lakes science and management programs and centers, that address the chemical, biological, and physical components of marine and freshwater harmful algal blooms and hypoxia; support the development of institutional mechanisms and financial instruments to further the objectives and activities of the Program; review the Program s distribution of Federal funding to address the objectives and activities of the Program; promote the development of new technologies for predicting, monitoring, and mitigating harmful algal bloom and hypoxia conditions; and establish such interagency working groups as it considers necessary.
Additionally, the Act provides that through the Task Force, shall develop and submit to Congress a comprehensive research plan and action strategy to address marine and freshwater harmful algal blooms and hypoxia. The Action Strategy shall identify the specific activities to be carried out by the Program and the timeline for carrying out those activities; the roles and responsibilities of each Federal agency in the Task Force in carrying out the activities under paragraph (1); and the appropriate regions and subregions requiring specific research and activities to address harmful algal blooms and hypoxia.
Date of text
Repealed
No
Source language

English

Legislation Amendment
Yes