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SA 79. Mr. REID of Nevada submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him 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:

At the end of title VII, add the following:
SEC. 733. STUDY ON ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF CERTAIN PROPOSED REGULATIONS ON COMMERCIAL AIR TOUR OPERATORS IN THE GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK.
(a) In General.--The National Academy of Sciences shall conduct a study to determine the economic impacts of the preferred alternative of the National Park Service with respect to changes to commercial air tour operations in the Grand Canyon National Park Special Flight Rules Area as described in the Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Special Flight Rules Area in the Vicinity of Grand Canyon National Park for Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
(76 Fed. Reg. 6496).
(b) Elements.--The study required by subsection (a) shall address the impact of the preferred alternative described in that subsection on commercial air tour operators that operate in the Grand Canyon National Park Special Flight Rules Area, including the impact of the preferred alternative on--
(1) the number of flight operations over the Grand Canyon National Park;
(2) the total passenger volume of such flight operations;
(3) the total gross revenue from such flight operations;
(4) employment related to such flight operations; and
(5) the earnings of commercial air tour operators and their employees.
(c) Report Required.--Not later than December 31, 2011, the National Academy of Sciences shall submit to Congress and the Secretary of the Interior a report that contains--
(1) the findings of the National Academy of Sciences under the study required by subsection (a); and
(2) recommendations with respect to measures that could be taken to limit the economic impact of the preferred alternative described in subsection (a) on commercial air tour operators that operate in the Grand Canyon National Park Special Flight Rules Area while continuing to provide for the substantial restoration of natural quiet in the Grand Canyon National Park as required by section 3(b) of Public Law 100-91 (16 U.S.C. 1a-1 note).


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