Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 2537: Beach Protection Act of 2007   [open pdf - 20KB]

"H.R. 2537 would authorize the appropriation of $40 million a year over the 2008-2012 period for the water quality program that benefits coastal states under the Clean Water Act. Under this program, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides grants to state or local governments to support their efforts to monitor the quality of coastal waters and notify the public when beach water does not meet established standards. This legislation also would authorize the appropriation of such sums as may be necessary to manage the water quality program through 2012. Assuming the appropriation of the necessary funds, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2537 would cost $24 million in 2008 and $186 million over the 2008-2012 period. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues. H.R. 2537 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments."

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