Water Resources Development Act of 1990
Alternatives to Mud Dump Site for Disposal of Dredged Material
(a) Report. Within 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act [Nov. 28, 1990], the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall submit to the Congress a final report on the feasibility of designating an alternative site to the Mud Dump Site at a distance not less than 20 miles from the shoreline.
(b) Plan. Within 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act [Nov. 28, 1990], the Secretary and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall submit to Congress a plan for the long-term management of dredged material from the New York/New Jersey Harbor region.
The plan shall include--
(1) an identification of the source, quantities, and characteristics of material to be dredged;
(2) a discussion of potential alternative sites for disposal of dredged material, including the feasibility of altering the boundaries of the Mud Dump Site;
(3) measures to reduce the quantities of dredged material proposed for ocean disposal;
(4) measures to reduce the amount of contaminants in materials proposed
to be dredged from the Harbor through source controls and decontamination
(5) a program for monitoring the physical, chemical, and biological effects of dumping dredged material at the Mud Dump Site; and
(6) a study of the characteristics of the bottom sediments including type and distribution.
(c) Demonstration project. The Secretary, in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, shall implement a demonstration project for disposing on an annual basis up to 10 percent of the material dredged from the New York/New Jersey Harbor region in an environmentally sound manner other than by ocean disposal. Environmentally sound alternatives may include, among others, capping of borrow pits,
construction of a containment island, application for landfill cover, habitat restoration, and use of decontamination technology.
(d) Mud Dump Site defined. For purposes of this section, the term 'Mud Dump Site' means the area located approximately 5 3/4 miles east of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, with boundary coordinates of 40 degrees, 23 minutes, 48 seconds North, 73 degrees, 51 minutes, 28 seconds West; 40 degrees, 21 minutes, 48 seconds North, 73 degrees, 50 minutes, 00 seconds West; 40 degrees, 21 minutes, 48 seconds North; 73 degrees, 51 minutes, 28 seconds West; and 40 degrees, 23 minutes, 48 seconds North; 73 degrees, 50 minutes, 00 seconds West.
(e) Authorization of appropriations. There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary for fiscal year 1991, $3,000,000 to implement subsection (b) and $1,000,000 to implement subsection (c) and such sums as may be necessary for fiscal year 1992.
(f) Repeal. Section 211 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 (33 U.S.C. 2239) is repealed.
(Pub.L. 101-640, Title IV, sec. 412, Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 4650.)
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