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Green Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2007

Bill Summary and Status

Reported (as amended) by the Full Committee, July 11, 2007

Introduced in the House June 25, 2007

Section by Section

Section 1: Short Title
“Green Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2004.”

Section 2: Definitions
Defines terms used in the text including green chemistry, interagency working group, and program.

Section 3: Green Chemistry Research and Development Program
This section directs the President to establish an interagency research and development (R&D) program to promote and coordinate federal green chemistry research, development, demonstration, education, and technology transfer activities. The program will provide sustained support for green chemistry R&D through merit-reviewed competitive grants, R&D partnerships of universities, industry, and non-profit organizations, and through R&D conducted at federal laboratories.

The program will provide support for, and encouragement of, the application of green chemistry through encouragement of, the application of green chemistry in all federally funded chemical science and engineering R & D; examination of methods to create incentives for the use of green chemistry; promotion of the education and training of undergraduate and graduate students and professional chemists and chemical engineers in green chemistry; collection and dissemination of information on green chemistry R&D and technology transfer; and provision of venues of outreach and dissemination of green chemistry advances such as symposia, forums, conferences, and written materials.

Establishes an interagency working group composed of representatives from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and any other agency that the President may designate, to oversee the planning, management, and coordination of all federal green chemistry R & D activities.

Names the Director of the National Science Foundation and the Assistant Administrator for R & D at the Environmental Protection Agency as co-chairs and requires the group to establish goals and priorities for the program and provide for interagency coordination, including budget coordination. Requires the group to submit a report to the Committee on Science and Technology of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate within two years of the enactment of this legislation that includes a summary of the progress made towards the goals and priorities established for the program, including recommendations for future program activities.

Section 4: Manufacturing Extension Center Green Suppliers Network Grant Program
Amends the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act to make eligible as a Manufacturing Extension Program activity with the enabling of supply chain manufactures to conduct activities with the aim of reducing or eliminating the use or generation of hazardous substances.

Section 5: Undergraduate Education in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
This section enables the Director of the National Science Foundation to award grants to institutions of higher learning to revise undergraduate curriculum in chemistry and chemical engineering to incorporate green chemistry concepts and strategies.

Section 6: Study on the Commercialization of Green Chemistry
This section calls for the Director of the National Science Foundation to conduct a study with the National Research Council to examine the barriers to the successful commercial application of promising results from green chemistry research and development.

Section 7: Partnerships in Green Chemistry
This section establishes a program to award grants to institutions of higher education to create partnerships with companies in the chemical industry to retrain chemists and chemical engineers in the use of green chemistry concepts and strategies.

Section 8: Authorization of Appropriations
Authorizes appropriations for green chemistry R&D programs from sums already authorized to be appropriated, for the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

 Agency

 FY08

 FY09

 FY10

 NSF

 $20 M

 $21 M

$22 M

 NIST

 $8 M

 $9 M 

$10 M 

 DOE

 $13 M

$14 M 

 $15 M

 EPA

 $10 M

$11 M 

 $12 M

110th Congress