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The Clean Coastal Environment and Public Health Act of 2011 (no bill number assigned) was introduced on September 20 that would require new beach water quality testing and public notification standards regarding beach safety. A similar bill (S. 878) was introduced by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) in 2009 but never became law. The new legislation, introduced by Sens. Lautenberg  and Mark Kirk (R-IL), and co-sponsored by Barbara Boxer (D-CA), would expand the Beaches Environment Assessment and Coastal (BEACH) Act which was written by Sen. Lautenberg and Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and signed into law in 2000. The BEACH Act required coastal states to adopt water quality standards and established monitoring and public notification programs. The new bill would also require better monitoring and faster notification of coastal contamination to help identify sources contributing to beach closures. .