Securing Energy for our Armed Forces Using Engineering Leadership (SEA FUEL) Act - H.R.3227 / S.1679

"To require the Secretary of Defense to carry out the Direct Air Capture and Blue Carbon Removal Technology Program, and for other purposes."
Primary Sponsors
Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and David Schweikert (R-AZ) / Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Final outcome

Incorporated into the Senate and House versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020

Summary of Selected Provisions
  • Directs the Department of Defense to carry out a blue carbon capture and direct air capture research, development, and demonstration program in coordination with other agencies
  • Recommends the program receive $8 million for R&D activities in fiscal year 2020 and $10 million annually for fiscal year 2021 through 2023
  • Recommends the program receive $15 million for test and evaluation activities annually for fiscal years 2024 through 2026
Actions on the House bill
Bill introduced
Actions on the Senate bill
Bill introduced
Status update

Signed into law as a provision within the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020

Relevant FYI Bulletins

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