Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 121.djvu/1705
121 STAT. 1684
PUBLIC LAW 110–140—DEC. 19, 2007
by the facility shall be available to students and the general public. The total funding award shall not exceed $2,000,000. 42 USC 17200.
SEC. 621. REPORTS.
(a) REPORTS ON ADVANCED USES OF GEOTHERMAL ENERGY.— Not later than 3 years and 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall report to the Committee on Science and Technology of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate on advanced concepts and technologies to maximize the geothermal resource potential of the United States. The reports shall include— (1) the use of carbon dioxide as an alternative geofluid with potential carbon sequestration benefits; (2) mineral recovery from geofluids; (3) use of geothermal energy to produce hydrogen; (4) use of geothermal energy to produce biofuels; (5) use of geothermal heat for oil recovery from oil shales and tar sands; and (6) other advanced geothermal technologies, including advanced drilling technologies and advanced power conversion technologies. (b) PROGRESS REPORTS.—(1) Not later than 36 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Science and Technology of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate an interim report describing the progress made under this subtitle. At the end of 60 months, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the results of projects undertaken under this subtitle and other such information the Secretary considers appropriate. (2) As necessary, the Secretary shall report to the Congress on any legal, regulatory, or other barriers encountered that hinder economic development of these resources, and provide recommendations on legislative or other actions needed to address such impediments. 42 USC 17201.
SEC. 622. APPLICABILITY OF OTHER LAWS.
Nothing in this subtitle shall be construed as waiving, modifying, or superseding the applicability of any requirement under any environmental or other Federal or State law. To the extent that activities authorized in this subtitle take place in coastal and ocean areas, the Secretary shall consult with the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, regarding the potential marine environmental impacts and measures to address such impacts. 42 USC 17202.
SEC. 623. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this subtitle $90,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2008 through 2012, of which $10,000,000 for each fiscal year shall be for carrying out section 616. There are also authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary for the Intermountain West Geothermal Consortium $5,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2008 through 2012. 42 USC 17203.
SEC. 624. INTERNATIONAL GEOTHERMAL ENERGY DEVELOPMENT.
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(a) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary of Energy, in coordination with other appropriate Federal and multilateral agencies (including
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