Legislation

Jun 12 2013

H.R. 1157

Official Short: Rattlesnake Mountain Public Access Act

Long Title: To ensure public access to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain in the Hanford Reach National Monument for educational, recreational, historical, scientific, cultural, and other purposes.

STATUS:

  • June 12, 2013.--Introduced.

H.R.1157

Rattlesnake Mountain Public Access Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)

HR 1157 RFS

113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1157
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 12, 2013

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


AN ACT

To ensure public access to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain in the Hanford Reach National Monument for educational, recreational, historical, scientific, cultural, and other purposes.

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 `Rattlesnake Mountain Public Access Act'.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    Congress finds the following:
      (1) The Hanford Reach National Monument is public land that belongs to the American people.
      (2) The United States Fish and Wildlife Service's Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Monument restricts public access to large portions of the Monument, including the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain.
      (3) Public access to Rattlesnake Mountain is important for educational, recreational, historical, scientific, and cultural purposes.
      (4) Rattlesnake Mountain reaches an elevation of 3,660 feet above sea level--the highest elevation of the Monument, and provides unparalleled scenic views over the Monument, the Hanford Site, and the Columbia River.
      (5) Public access to Rattlesnake Mountain will increase tourism interest in the Monument and will provide economic benefits to local governments.

SEC. 3. ENSURING PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE SUMMIT OF RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN IN THE HANFORD REACH NATIONAL MONUMENT.

    (a) In General- The Secretary of the Interior shall provide public access to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain in the Hanford Reach National Monument for educational, recreational, historical, scientific, cultural, and other purposes, including--
      (1) motor vehicle access; and
      (2) pedestrian and other nonmotorized access.
    (b) Cooperative Agreements- The Secretary of the Interior may enter into cooperative agreements to facilitate access to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain--
      (1) with the Secretary of Energy, the State of Washington, or any local government agency or other interested persons, for guided tours, including guided motorized tours to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain; and
      (2) with the Secretary of Energy, and with the State of Washington or any local government agency
      or other interested persons, to maintain the access road to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain.

Passed the House of Representatives June 11, 2013.

Attest:

KAREN L. HAAS,

Clerk.