February 28, 2014
As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on February 6, 2014
S. 212 would authorize the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to convey certain federal properties to the state of Mississippi. Enacting S. 212 would affect direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply to the bill. CBO estimates, however, that the net impact on direct spending would be insignificant over the 2014-2024 period. Enacting S. 212 would not affect revenues or spending subject to appropriation.
S. 212 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would benefit the state of Mississippi.
Based on information from TVA and the state of Mississippi, CBO estimates that TVA would convey approximately 172 acres in an area known as the Yellow Creek Port in Iuka, Mississippi. Under a law enacted by the state in 2011, Mississippi is authorized to acquire the property if environmental assessments determine that the property is clear of any contaminants or pollutants and if TVA waives certain payment obligations. The conveyance is subject to Congressional approval because the transfer would occur through a noncompetitive process.
TVA would incur some administrative and other expenses to implement the conveyance, but CBO expects that those costs probably would be insignificant in any given year. Although some spending may occur if the state’s environmental assessments identify a need for remedial action, TVA anticipates that any such costs would be negligible and could occur under current law. Furthermore, CBO estimates that any changes in TVA’s expenses would have no significant net effect on direct spending over the 2014-2024 period because TVA is required by law to pass on all of its costs and savings to its electricity customers.