Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2001 Public Law 106-259, 114 Stat. 656, August 17, 2000

An Act

Making appropriations Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes.

          Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, for military functions administered by the Department of Defense, and for other purposes, namely:

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[113 Stat. 369]

Sec. 570. ALASKA.

          (a) Definition of Native Corporation. In this section, the term “Native Corporation”‘ has the meaning given the term in section 3 of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1602).

          (b) Establishment of Program. The Secretary may establish a pilot program to provide environmental assistance to non-Federal interests in Alaska.

          (c) Form of Assistance. Assistance under this section may be in the form of design and construction assistance for water-related environmental infrastructure and resource protection and development projects in Alaska, including projects for wastewater treatment and related facilities, water supply and related facilities, and surface water resource protection and development.

          (d) Ownership Requirements. The Secretary may provide assistance for a project under this section only if the project is publicly owned or is owned by a Native Corporation.

          (e) Local Cooperation Agreements.

                    (1) In general. Before providing assistance under this section, the Secretary shall enter into a local cooperation agreement with a non-Federal interest to provide for design and construction of the project to be carried out with the assistance.

                    (2) Requirements. Each local cooperation agreement entered into under this subsection shall provide for the following:

                              (A) Plan. Development by the Secretary, in consultation with appropriate Federal and State officials, of a facilities or resource protection and development plan, including appropriate engineering plans and specifications.

                              (B) Legal and institutional structures. Establishment of such legal and institutional structures as are necessary to ensure the effective long-term operation of the project by the non-Federal interest.

                    (3) Cost sharing.

                              (A) In general. The Federal share of the project costs under each local cooperation agreement entered into under this subsection shall be 75 percent. The Federal share may be in the form of grants or reimbursements of project costs.

                              (B) Credit for design work. The non-Federal interest shall receive credit for the reasonable costs of design work completed by the non-Federal interest before entering into a local cooperation agreement with the Secretary for a project. The credit for the design work shall not exceed 6 percent of the total construction costs of the project.

                              (C) Credit for interest. In case of a delay in the funding of the non-Federal share of a project that is the subject of an agreement under this section, the non-Federal interest shall receive credit for reasonable interest incurred in providing the non-Federal share of the project’s costs.

                              (D) Land, easements, and rights-of-way credit. The non-Federal interest shall receive credit for land, easements, rights-of-way, and relocations toward the non-Federal share of project costs (including all reasonable costs associated with obtaining permits necessary for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the project on publicly owned or controlled land), but not to exceed 25 percent of total project costs.

                              (E) Operation and maintenance. The non-Federal share of operation and maintenance costs for projects constructed with assistance provided under this section shall be 100 percent.

          (f) Applicability of Other Federal and State Laws. Nothing in this section waives, limits, or otherwise affects the applicability of any provision of Federal or State law that would otherwise apply to a project to be carried out with assistance provided under this section.

          (g) Report. Not later than December 31, 2001, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the results of the pilot program carried out under this section, including a recommendation concerning whether the program should be implemented on a national basis.

          (h) Authorization of Appropriations. There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $25,000,000 for the period beginning with fiscal year 2000, to remain available until expended.