To amend the Federal Power Act to protect the bulk-power system and electric infrastructure critical to the defense and well-being of the United States against natural and manmade electromagnetic pulse (``EMP'') threats and vulnerabilities.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act'' or the ``SHIELD Act''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
The Congress makes the following findings: (1) According to the Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack (in this Act referred to as the ``EMP Commission Report''), the society and economy of the United States are ``critically dependent upon the availability of electricity.''. (2) According to the EMP Commission Report, ``continued electrical supply is necessary for sustaining water supplies, production and distribution of food, fuel, communications, and everything else that is part of our economy''. (3) According to the EMP Commission Report, ``contemporary U.S. society is not structured, nor does it have the means, to provide for the needs of nearly 300 million Americans without electricity.''. (4) According to the EMP Commission Report, due to the existing electrical system operating at or near its physical capacity, ``a relatively modest upset to the system can cause functional collapse.''. (5) According to the EMP Commission Report, electromagnetic pulse (in this Act referred to as ``EMP'') is a threat to the overall electrical...