Legislation

Official Short: Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013

Long Title: To limit the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to issue regulations before December 31, 2017, under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977.

Sponsors: Mr. Coats, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Isakson, Mr. Lee, Mr. Coburn, Mr. Vitter, Mr. Barrasso, Mr. Crapo, Mr. Hatch, Mr. Chambliss, Mr. Risch, Mr. Hoeven, Mr. Enzi, Mr. Wicker, Mr. Blunt , Mr. Cochran. and Mr. Toomey.

STATUS:

  • April 25, 2013.--Introduced.
  • May 9, 2013.--Mr. Blunt added as cosponsor.
  • May 23, 2013.--Mr. Cochran added as cosponsor.
  • June 19, 2013.--Mr. Toomey added as cosponsor.

S.831

Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS)

S 831 IS

113th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 831

To limit the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to issue regulations before December 31, 2017, under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 25, 2013

Mr. COATS (for himself, Mr. LEE, Mr. BARRASSO, Mr. CHAMBLISS, Mr. COBURN, Mr. CRAPO, Mr. ENZI, Mr. HOEVEN, Mr. ISAKSON, Mr. RISCH, Mr. VITTER, Mr. WICKER, Mr. SESSIONS, and Mr. HATCH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To limit the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to issue regulations before December 31, 2017, under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977.

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 `Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013'.

SEC. 2. LIMITATION ON AUTHORITY TO ISSUE REGULATIONS UNDER THE SURFACE MINING CONTROL AND RECLAMATION ACT OF 1977.

    The Secretary of the Interior may not, before December 31, 2017, issue or approve any proposed or final regulation under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.) that would--
      (1) adversely impact employment in coal mines in the United States;
      (2) cause a reduction in revenue received by the Federal Government or any State, tribal, or local government, by reducing through regulation the quantity of coal in the United States that is available for mining;
      (3) reduce the quantity of coal available for domestic consumption or for export;
      (4) designate any area as unsuitable for surface coal mining and reclamation operations;
      (5) expose the United States to liability for taking the value of privately owned coal through regulation; or
        (6) cause further time delays to permitting or increase costs.