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PUBLIC LAWS-CH. 407-JULY 31, 1947 [CHAPTER 407] July 31, 1947 [S. 1418] [Public Law 292] Interstate compact. Control of pollution of waters of New England States. 49 Stat. 1490. 33U.S. . § 567a. Applicability of pro- visions. New England Inter- state Water Pollu- tion Control Commis- sion. Membership. [61 STAT. AN ACT Granting the consent and approval of Congress to an interstate compact relating to control and reduction of pollution in the waters of the New England States. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the consent and approval of Congress is hereby given to an interstate compact relating to the control and reduction of pollution of the streams and waters of the New England States negotiated and entered into or to be entered into under authority of Public Resolution 104, Seventy-fourth Congress, approved June 8, 1936, and now ratified by the States of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, which compact reads as follows: "NEW ENGLAND INTERSTATE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL COMPACT "Whereas, The growth of population and the development of the territory of the New England states has resulted in serious pollution of certain interstate streams, ponds and lakes, and of tidal waters ebbing and flowing past the boundaries of two or more states; and "Whereas, Such pollution constitutes a menace to the health, welfare and economic prosperity of the people living in such area; and "Whereas, The abatement of existing pollution and the control of future pollution in the interstate waters of the New England area are of prime importance to the people and can best be accomplished through the cooperation of the New England states in the establish- ment of an interstate agency to work with the states in the field of pollution abatement; "Now, therefore, The states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont do agree and are bound as follows: "ARTICLE I "It is agreed between the signatory states that the provisions of this compact shall apply to streams, ponds and lakes which are contiguous to two or more signatory states or which flow through two or more signatory states or which have a tributary contiguous to two or more signatory states or flowing through two or more signatory states, and also shall apply to tidal waters ebbing and flowing past the boundaries of two states. "ARTICLE II "There is hereby created the New England Interstate Water Pollu- tion Control Commission (hereinafter referred to as the commission) which shall be a body corporate and politic, having the powers, duties and jurisdiction herein enumerated and such other and additional powers as shall be conferred upon it by the act or acts of a signatory state concurred in by the others. "ARTICLE III "The commission shall consist of five commissioners from each signatory state, each of whom shall be a resident voter of the state from which he is appointed. The commissioners shall be chosen in the manner and for the termsprovided by law of the state from which they shall be appointed. For each state there shall be on the com- mission a member representing the state health department, a member representing the state water pollution control board (if such exists), and, except where a state in its enabling legislation decides that the best 682