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SA 77. Ms. CANTWELL submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill S. 223, to modernize the air traffic control system, improve the safety, reliability, and availability of transportation by air in the United States, provide modernization of the air traffic control system, reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

On page 233, strike line 21 and all that follows through page 235, line 4, and insert the following:
(a) In General.--From amounts made available under section 48102(a) of title 49, United States Code, the Secretary of Transportation shall establish a research program related to developing jet fuel from natural gas, biomass and other renewable sources through grants or other measures authorized under section 106(l)(6) of such title, including reimbursable agreements with other Federal agencies.
(b) Participation in Program.--The Secretary shall--
(1) include educational and research institutions that have existing facilities and leverage private sector partnerships and consortia with experience across the supply chain, including research, feedstock development and production, small-scale development, testing, and evaluation of technologies related to the creation, processing, production, and transportation of alternative aviation fuel under the program required by subsection (a); and
(2) consider utilizing the existing capacity in Aeronautics research at Langley Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to carry out the program required by subsection (a).
(c) Designation of Institution as a Center of Excellence.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall designate an institution described in subsection (b) as a Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet-Fuel Research in Civil Aircraft. The Center of Excellence shall, upon its designation, become a member of the CLEEN Consortium established under section 602(b), and shall, upon its designation, become
part of a Joint Center of Excellence with the Partnership for Air Transportation Noise and Emission Reduction FAA Center of Excellence.
(d) Implementation of the Recommendations of the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee.--
(1) NATIONAL LEADERSHIP.--The Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall exercise strong national leadership in promoting and supporting United States commercial aviation as a first user of sustainable alternative fuels by--
(A) taking a lead role within the Biofuels Interagency Working Group; and
(B) supporting activities to promote the commercialization of alternative aviation fuel through deployment of at least 1 commercial-scale production facility.
(2) PILOT PROGRAM.--In carrying out the pilot program described in paragraph (1)(B), the Administrator shall--
(A) coordinate with other Federal agencies to utilize existing Federal support mechanisms, such as loan guarantees (as defined in section 502(3) of the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990 (2 U.S.C. 661a(3))) and other authorized credit enhancements and supports, to finance 1 or more facilities capable of producing alternative aviation fuel not later than December 31, 2013; and
(B) give priority to facilities that--
(i) have, or can have in place not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, off-take agreements with commercial air carriers;
(ii) will produce at least 50,000,000 gallons of alternative aviation fuel annually; and
(iii) will use agricultural or other renewable sources produced in North America as its primary feedstock.
(3) STUDY ON FUEL SPECIFICATION, TESTING, AND CERTIFICATION.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit a report to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives that--
(A) identifies any capacity constraints or inefficiencies in existing specification, testing, and certification processes for alternative aviation fuels, including a comparative assessment of such processes across United States Government agencies and international jurisdictions; and
(B) makes recommendations to accelerate the development of specifications, testing, and certification for alternative aviation fuels derived from a range of production processes.

(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Feb 14, 2011.)