Committee Legislation

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S.1743 Nov-20-13
STATUS: November 20, 2013.--Introduced. S.1743 Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1743 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1743 To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to recognize the authority of States to regulate oil and gas operations and promote American energy security, development, and job creation, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESNovember 20, 2013 Mr. HATCH (for himself, Mr. ENZI, Mr. BARRASSO, and Mr. RISCH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to recognize the authority of States to regulate oil and gas operations and promote American energy security, development, and job creation, and for 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 `Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act'. SEC. 2. STATE AUTHORITY FOR HYDRAULIC FRACTURING REGULATION. The Mineral Leasing Act is amended-- (1) by redesignating section 44 (30 U.S.C. 181 note) as section 45; and (2) by inserting after section 43 (30 U.S.C. 226-3) the following: `SEC. 44. STATE AUTHORITY FOR HYDRAULIC FRACTURING REGULATION. `(a) Definition of Hydraulic Fracturing- In this section the term `hydraulic fracturing' means the process by which fracturing fluids (or a fracturing fluid system) are pumped into an underground geologic formation at a calculated, predetermined rate and pressure to generate fractures or cracks in the target formation and, as a result, increase the permeability of the rock near the wellbore and improve production of natural gas or oil. `(b) Prohibition- The Secretary of the Interior shall not enforce any Federal regulation, guidance, or permit requirement regarding hydraulic fracturing, or any component of hydraulic fracturing, relating to oil, gas, or geothermal production activities on or under any land in any State that has regulations, guidance, or permit requirements for hydraulic fracturing. `(c) State Authority- The Secretary shall recognize and defer to State regulations, guidance, and permitting for all activities regarding hydraulic fracturing, or any component of hydraulic fracturing, relating to oil, gas, or geothermal production activities on Federal land regardless of whether the regulations, guidance, and permitting are duplicative, more or less restrictive, have different requirements, or do not meet Federal regulations, guidance, or permit requirements.'.
S.1739 Nov-20-13
STATUS: November 20, 2013.--Introduced. December 11, 2013.--Mr. Johnson of WI added as cosponsor. January 8, 2014.--Ms. Murkowski added as cosponsor. January 14, 2014.--Mr. Johnson of WI added as cosponsor. January 14, 2014.--Mr. Thune added as cosponsor. March 10, 2014.--Mr. Donnelly added as cosponsor. July 14, 2014.--Mr. Franken added as cosponsor. July 22, 2014.--Mr. Risch added as cosponsor. July 29, 2014.--Mr. Manchin and Mr. Scott added as cosponsors. S.1739 To modify the efficiency standards for grid-enabled water heaters. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1739 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1739 To modify the efficiency standards for grid-enabled water heaters. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESNovember 20, 2013 Mr. HOEVEN (for himself, Mr. PRYOR, Mr. CHAMBLISS, Ms. KLOBUCHAR, and Mr. BLUNT) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To modify the efficiency standards for grid-enabled water heaters. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. GRID-ENABLED WATER HEATERS. Part B of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6291 et seq.) is amended-- (1) in section 325(e) (42 U.S.C. 6295(e)), by adding at the end the following: `(6) ADDITIONAL STANDARDS FOR GRID-ENABLED WATER HEATERS- `(A) DEFINITIONS- In this paragraph: `(i) ACTIVATION KEY- The term `activation key' means a physical device or control directly on the water heater, a software code, or a digital communication means-- `(I) that must be activated to enable the product to operate continuously and at its designed specifications and capabilities; and `(II) without which activation the product will provide not greater than 50 percent of the rated first hour delivery of hot water certified by the manufacturer. `(ii) GRID-ENABLED WATER HEATER- The term `grid-enabled water heater' means an electric resistance water heater that-- `(I) has a rated storage tank volume of more than 75 gallons; `(II) is manufactured on or after April 16, 2015; `(III) has-- `(aa) an energy factor of not less than 1.061 minus the product obtained by multiplying-- `(AA) the rated storage volume of the tank, expressed in gallons; and `(BB) 0.00168; or `(bb) an efficiency level equivalent to the energy factor under item (aa) and expressed as a uniform energy descriptor based on the revised test procedure for water heaters described in paragraph (5); `(IV) is equipped by the manufacturer with an activation key; and `(V) bears a permanent label applied by the manufacturer that-- `(aa) is made of material not adversely affected by water; `(bb) is attached by means of non-water-soluble adhesive; and `(cc) advises purchasers and end-users of the intended and appropriate use of the product with the following notice printed in 16.5 point Arial Narrow Bold font: `IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This water heater is intended only for use as part of an electric thermal storage or demand response program. It will not provide adequate hot water unless enrolled in such a program and activated by your utility company or another program operator. Confirm the availability of a program in your local area before purchasing or installing this product.'. `(B) REQUIREMENT- The manufacturer or private labeler shall provide the activation key only to utilities or other companies operating electric thermal storage or demand response programs that use grid-enabled water heaters. `(C) REPORTS- `(i) MANUFACTURERS- The Secretary shall require each manufacturer of grid-enabled water heaters to report to the Secretary annually the quantity of grid-enabled water heaters that the manufacturer ships each year. `(ii) OPERATORS- The Secretary shall require utilities and other demand response and thermal storage program operators to report annually the quantity of grid-enabled water heaters activated for their programs using forms of the Energy Information Agency or using such other mechanism that the Secretary determines appropriate after an opportunity for notice and comment. `(iii) CONFIDENTIALITY REQUIREMENTS- The Secretary shall treat shipment data reported by manufacturers as confidential business information. `(D) PUBLICATION OF INFORMATION- `(i) IN GENERAL- In 2017 and 2019, the Secretary shall publish an analysis of the data collected under subparagraph (C) to assess the extent to which shipped products are put into use in demand response and thermal storage programs. `(ii) PREVENTION OF PRODUCT DIVERSION- If the Secretary determines that sales of grid-enabled water heaters exceed by 15 percent or greater the quantity of such products activated for use in demand response and thermal storage programs annually, the Secretary shall, after opportunity for notice and comment, establish procedures to prevent product diversion for non-program purposes. `(E) COMPLIANCE- `(i) IN GENERAL- Subparagraphs (A) through (D) shall remain in effect until the Secretary determines under this section that grid-enabled water heaters do not require a separate efficiency requirement. `(ii) EFFECTIVE DATE- If the Secretary exercises the authority described in clause (i) or amends the efficiency requirement for grid-enabled water heaters, that action will take effect on the date described in subsection (m)(4)(A)(ii). `(iii) CONSIDERATION- In carrying out this section with respect to electric water heaters, the Secretary shall consider the impact on thermal storage and demand response programs, including the consequent impact on energy savings, electric bills, electric reliability, integration of renewable resources, and the environment. `(iv) REQUIREMENTS- In carrying out this subparagraph, the Secretary shall require that grid-enabled water heaters be equipped with communication capability to enable the grid-enabled water heaters to participate in ancillary services programs if the Secretary determines that the technology is available, practical, and cost-effective.'; and (2) in section 332 (42 U.S.C. 6302)-- (A) in paragraph (5), by striking `or' at the end; (B) in the first paragraph (6), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; (C) by redesignating the second paragraph (6) as paragraph (7); (D) in subparagraph (B) of paragraph (7) (as so redesignated), by striking the period at the end and inserting `; or'; and (E) by adding at the end the following: `(8) with respect to grid-enabled water heaters that are not used as part of an electric thermal storage or demand response program, for any person knowingly and repeatedly-- `(A) to distribute activation keys for those grid-enabled water heaters; `(B) otherwise to enable the full operation of those grid-enabled water heaters; or `(C) to remove or render illegible the labels of those grid-enabled water heaters.'.
S.1732 Nov-19-13
STATUS: November 19, 2013.--Introduced. November 19, 2013.--Mr. Hatch added as cosponsor but withdrawn on November 21, 2013. S.1732 To require the conveyance of certain public land within the boundaries of Camp Williams, Utah, to support the training and readiness of the Utah National Guard. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1732 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1732 To require the conveyance of certain public land within the boundaries of Camp Williams, Utah, to support the training and readiness of the Utah National Guard. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESNovember 19, 2013 Mr. LEE (for himself and Mr. HATCH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To require the conveyance of certain public land within the boundaries of Camp Williams, Utah, to support the training and readiness of the Utah National Guard. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. LAND CONVEYANCE, CAMP WILLIAMS, UTAH. (a) Conveyance Required- Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Land Management, shall convey, without consideration, to the State of Utah all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to certain lands comprising approximately 420 acres, as generally depicted on a map entitled `Proposed Camp Williams Land Transfer' and dated June 14, 2011, which are located within the boundaries of the public lands currently withdrawn for military use by the Utah National Guard and known as Camp Williams, Utah, for the purpose of permitting the Utah National Guard to use the conveyed land for National Guard and national defense purposes. (b) Supersedence of Executive Order- Executive Order No. 1922 of April 24, 1914, as amended by section 907 of the Camp W.G. Williams Land Exchange Act of 1989 (title IX of Public Law 101-628; 104 Stat. 4501), is hereby superseded, only insofar as it affects the lands identified for conveyance to the State of Utah under subsection (a). (c) Reversionary Interest- The lands conveyed to the State of Utah under subsection (a) shall revert to the United States if the Secretary of Defense determines that the land, or any portion thereof, is sold or attempted to be sold, or that the land, or any portion thereof, is used for non-National Guard or non-national defense purposes. (d) Hazardous Materials- With respect to any portion of the land conveyed under subsection (a) that the Secretary of Defense determines is subject to reversion under subsection (c), if the Secretary of Defense also determines that the portion of the conveyed land contains hazardous materials, the State of Utah shall pay the United States an amount equal to the fair market value of that portion of the land, and the reversionary interest shall not apply to that portion of the land.
S.1718 Nov-18-13
STATUS: November 18, 2013.--Introduced. July 23, 2014.--Hearing by subcommittee. (56) S.1718 To modify the boundary of Petersburg National Battlefield in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and for other purposes. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1718 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1718 To modify the boundary of Petersburg National Battlefield in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESNovember 18, 2013 Mr. REID (for Mr. WARNER (for himself and Mr. KAINE)) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To modify the boundary of Petersburg National Battlefield in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. PETERSBURG NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD BOUNDARY MODIFICATION. (a) In General- The boundary of the Petersburg National Battlefield is modified to include the land and interests in land as generally depicted on the map titled `Petersburg National Battlefield Boundary Expansion', numbered 325/80,080, and dated June 2007. The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service. (b) Acquisition of Properties- The Secretary of the Interior (referred to in this section as the `Secretary') is authorized to acquire the land and interests in land, described in subsection (a), from willing sellers only, by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, exchange, or transfer. (c) Administration- The Secretary shall administer any land or interests in land acquired under subsection (b) as part of the Petersburg National Battlefield in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. (d) Administrative Jurisdiction Transfer- (1) IN GENERAL- There is transferred-- (A) from the Secretary to the Secretary of the Army administrative jurisdiction over the approximately 1.170-acre parcel of land depicted as `Area to be transferred to Fort Lee Military Reservation' on the map described in paragraph (2); and (B) from the Secretary of the Army to the Secretary administrative jurisdiction over the approximately 1.171-acre parcel of land depicted as `Area to be transferred to Petersburg National Battlefield' on the map described in paragraph (2). (2) MAP- The land transferred is depicted on the map titled `Petersburg National Battlefield Proposed Transfer of Administrative Jurisdiction', numbered 325/80,801A, dated May 2011. The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service. (3) CONDITIONS OF TRANSFER- The transfer of administrative jurisdiction under paragraph (1) is subject to the following conditions: (A) NO REIMBURSEMENT OR CONSIDERATION- The transfer is without reimbursement or consideration. (B) MANAGEMENT- The land conveyed to the Secretary under paragraph (1) shall be included within the boundary of the Petersburg National Battlefield and shall be administered as part of that park in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
S.1698 Nov-13-13
STATUS: November 13, 2013.--Introduced. S.1698 Consortia-Led Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Networks Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1698 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1698 To provide for the establishment of clean technology consortia to enhance the economic, environmental, and energy security of the United States by promoting domestic development, manufacture, and deployment of clean technologies. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESNovember 13, 2013 Mr. MARKEY introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide for the establishment of clean technology consortia to enhance the economic, environmental, and energy security of the United States by promoting domestic development, manufacture, and deployment of clean technologies. 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 `Consortia-Led Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Networks Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) CLEAN TECHNOLOGY- The term `clean technology' means a technology, production process, or methodology that-- (A) produces energy from solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, tidal, wave, ocean, and other renewable energy sources (as defined in section 609 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (7 U.S.C. 918c)); (B) more efficiently transmits, distributes, or stores energy; (C) enhances energy efficiency for buildings and industry, including combined heat and power; (D) enables the development of a Smart Grid (as described in section 1301 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17381)), including integration of renewable energy sources and distributed generation, demand response, demand side management, and systems analysis; (E) produces an advanced or sustainable material with energy or energy efficiency applications; (F) improves energy efficiency for transportation, including electric vehicles; (G) enhances water security through improved water management, conservation, distribution, and end use applications; or (H) addresses challenges in advanced manufacturing and supply chain integration. (2) CLUSTER- The term `cluster' means a network of entities directly involved in the research, development, finance, and commercial application of clean technologies whose geographic proximity facilitates the use and sharing of skilled human resources, infrastructure, research facilities, educational and training institutions, venture capital, and input suppliers. (3) CONSORTIUM- The term `consortium' means a clean technology consortium established in accordance with this Act. (4) PROJECT- The term `project' means an activity with respect to which a consortium provides support under this Act. (5) QUALIFYING ENTITY- The term `qualifying entity' means-- (A) a research university; (B) a Federal or State institution with a focus on developing clean technologies or clusters; and (C) a nongovernmental organization with expertise in translational research, clean technology, or cluster development. (6) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of Commerce. (7) TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH- The term `translational research' means the coordination of basic or applied research with technical applications to enable promising discoveries or inventions to achieve commercial application. SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF CLEAN TECHNOLOGY CONSORTIA PROGRAM. (a) In General- The Secretary shall establish and carry out a program to establish clean technology consortia to enhance the economic, environmental, and energy security of the United States by promoting domestic development, manufacture, and deployment of clean, state-of-the-art technologies. (b) Program- The Secretary shall carry out the program described in subsection (a) by leveraging the expertise and resources of private research communities, institutions of higher education, industry, venture capital, National Laboratories (as defined in section 2 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15801)), and other participants in technology innovation-- (1) to support collaborative, cross-disciplinary research and development in areas not being served by the private sector; and (2) to develop and accelerate the commercial application of innovative clean technologies. (c) Role of the Secretary- The Secretary shall-- (1) carry out and oversee all aspects of the program described in subsection (a); (2) select recipients of grants for the establishment and operation of consortia through a competitive selection process; and (3) coordinate the innovation activities of consortia with activities carried out by the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Defense, other Federal agency heads, private industry, and academia, including by annually-- (A) issuing guidance regarding national clean technology and development priorities and strategic objectives; and (B) convening a conference relating to clean technology, which shall bring together representatives of Federal agencies, private industry, academia, and other entities to share research and commercialization results, program plans, and opportunities for collaboration. SEC. 4. APPLICATIONS. (a) In General- To receive support under this Act, a consortium shall submit to the Secretary an application in such manner, at such time, and containing such information as the Secretary determines to be necessary. (b) Eligibility- A consortium shall be eligible to receive support under this Act if-- (1) the consortium consists of-- (A) 1 or more research universities that can demonstrate a significant annual clean technology research budget, entrepreneurial support programs, and technology licensing expertise; and (B) a total of 5 or more qualifying entities that can demonstrate expertise in translational research, clean technology, and cluster development; (2) the members of the consortium have established a binding agreement that documents-- (A) the structure of the partnership agreement; (B) a governance and management structure that enables cost-effective implementation of the program; (C) a conflicts of interest policy; (D) an accounting structure that meets the requirements of the Secretary and that may be audited under this Act; and (E) the existence of an external advisory committee; (3) the consortium receives funding from non-Federal sources, such as a State and participants of the consortium, that may be used to support projects; (4) the consortium is part of an existing cluster or demonstrates high potential to develop a new cluster; and (5) the consortium operates as a nonprofit organization or as a public-private partnership under an operating agreement led by a nonprofit organization. (c) Selection- The Secretary may disqualify an application from a consortium under this Act if the Secretary determines that the conflicts of interest policy of the consortium is inadequate. (d) External Advisory Committees- (1) IN GENERAL- To be eligible to receive a grant under this Act, a consortium shall establish an external advisory committee, the members of which shall have extensive and relevant scientific, technical, industry, financial, or research management expertise. (2) DUTIES- An external advisory committee shall-- (A) review the proposed plans, programs, project selection criteria, and projects of the consortium; and (B) ensure that projects selected by the consortium meet the applicable conflicts of interest policy of the consortium. (3) MEMBERS- An external advisory committee shall consist of-- (A) the Secretary; (B) representatives of the members of the consortium; and (C) such representatives of private industry, including entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, as the Secretary and members of the consortium determine to be necessary. SEC. 5. GRANTS. (a) In General- The Secretary shall award grants, on a competitive basis, to 6 or more consortia. (b) Terms- (1) IN GENERAL- The initial term of a grant awarded under this Act shall not exceed 5 years. (2) EXTENSION- The Secretary may extend the term of a grant awarded under this Act for a period of not more than 5 additional years. (c) Amounts- (1) IN GENERAL- A grant awarded to a consortium under this Act shall not exceed-- (A) $30,000,000 per fiscal year; or (B) the collective contributions of non-Federal entities to the consortium, as described in section 4(b)(3). (2) FLEXIBILITY- In determining the amount of a grant under this section, the Secretary shall consider-- (A) the translational research capacity of the consortium; (B) the financial, human, and facility resources of the qualifying entities; and (C) the cluster of which the consortium is a part. (3) INCREASES IN AMOUNTS- Subject to paragraph (1), a consortium may request an increase in the amount of a grant awarded under this Act at the time the consortium requests an extension of an initial grant. (d) Use of Amounts- (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (3), a consortium awarded a grant under this Act shall use the amounts to support translational research, technology development, manufacturing innovation, and commercialization activities relating to clean technology. (2) PROJECT SELECTION- As a condition of receiving a grant under this Act, a consortium shall-- (A) develop and make available to the public on the website of the Department of Commerce proposed plans, programs, project selection criteria, and terms for individual project awards; (B) establish conflicts of interest procedures, consistent with those of the Department of Commerce, to ensure that employees and designees for consortium activities who are in decisionmaking capacities disclose all material conflicts of interest, including financial, organizational, and personal conflicts of interest; (C) establish policies-- (i) to prevent resources provided to the consortium from being used to displace private sector investment otherwise likely to occur, including investment from private sector entities that are members of the consortium; (ii) to facilitate the participation of private entities that invest in clean technologies to perform due diligence on award proposals, to participate in the award review process, and to provide guidance to projects supported by the consortium; and (iii) to facilitate the participation of parties with a demonstrated history of commercial application of clean technologies in the development of consortium projects; (D) oversee project solicitations, review proposed projects, and select projects for awards; and (E) monitor project implementation. (3) LIMITATIONS- (A) ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES- A consortium may use not more than 10 percent of the amounts awarded to the consortium for administrative expenses. (B) PROHIBITION ON USE- A consortium shall not use any amounts awarded to the consortium under this Act to construct a new building or facility. (e) Audits- (1) IN GENERAL- A consortium that receives a grant under this Act shall carry out, in accordance with such requirements as the Secretary may prescribe, an annual audit to determine whether the grant has been used in accordance with this Act. (2) REPORT- The consortium shall submit a copy of each audit under paragraph (1) to the Secretary and the Comptroller General of the United States. (3) GAO REVIEW- As a condition of receiving a grant under this Act, a consortium shall allow the Comptroller General of the United States, on the request of the Comptroller General, full access to the books, records, and personnel of consortium. (4) REPORTS TO CONGRESS- The Secretary shall submit to Congress annually a report that includes-- (A) a copy of the audit described in paragraph (1); and (B) any recommendations of the Secretary relating to the clean technology consortia program. (f) Revocation of Awards- The Secretary shall have the authority-- (1) to review grants awarded under this Act; and (2) to revoke a grant awarded under this Act if the Secretary determines that a consortium has used the grant in a manner that is not consistent with this Act. (g) Authorization of Appropriations- (1) IN GENERAL- There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $100,000,000. (2) RESCISSION- There is hereby rescinded, from appropriated discretionary funds that remain available to the Secretary for obligation as of the date of enactment of this Act, $100,000,000.
S.1698 Nov-13-13
STATUS: November 12, 2013.--Introduced. S.1698 Consortia-Led Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Networks Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1698 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1698 To provide for the establishment of clean technology consortia to enhance the economic, environmental, and energy security of the United States by promoting domestic development, manufacture, and deployment of clean technologies. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESNovember 13, 2013 Mr. MARKEY introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide for the establishment of clean technology consortia to enhance the economic, environmental, and energy security of the United States by promoting domestic development, manufacture, and deployment of clean technologies. 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 `Consortia-Led Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Networks Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) CLEAN TECHNOLOGY- The term `clean technology' means a technology, production process, or methodology that-- (A) produces energy from solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, tidal, wave, ocean, and other renewable energy sources (as defined in section 609 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (7 U.S.C. 918c)); (B) more efficiently transmits, distributes, or stores energy; (C) enhances energy efficiency for buildings and industry, including combined heat and power; (D) enables the development of a Smart Grid (as described in section 1301 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17381)), including integration of renewable energy sources and distributed generation, demand response, demand side management, and systems analysis; (E) produces an advanced or sustainable material with energy or energy efficiency applications; (F) improves energy efficiency for transportation, including electric vehicles; (G) enhances water security through improved water management, conservation, distribution, and end use applications; or (H) addresses challenges in advanced manufacturing and supply chain integration. (2) CLUSTER- The term `cluster' means a network of entities directly involved in the research, development, finance, and commercial application of clean technologies whose geographic proximity facilitates the use and sharing of skilled human resources, infrastructure, research facilities, educational and training institutions, venture capital, and input suppliers. (3) CONSORTIUM- The term `consortium' means a clean technology consortium established in accordance with this Act. (4) PROJECT- The term `project' means an activity with respect to which a consortium provides support under this Act. (5) QUALIFYING ENTITY- The term `qualifying entity' means-- (A) a research university; (B) a Federal or State institution with a focus on developing clean technologies or clusters; and (C) a nongovernmental organization with expertise in translational research, clean technology, or cluster development. (6) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of Commerce. (7) TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH- The term `translational research' means the coordination of basic or applied research with technical applications to enable promising discoveries or inventions to achieve commercial application. SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF CLEAN TECHNOLOGY CONSORTIA PROGRAM. (a) In General- The Secretary shall establish and carry out a program to establish clean technology consortia to enhance the economic, environmental, and energy security of the United States by promoting domestic development, manufacture, and deployment of clean, state-of-the-art technologies. (b) Program- The Secretary shall carry out the program described in subsection (a) by leveraging the expertise and resources of private research communities, institutions of higher education, industry, venture capital, National Laboratories (as defined in section 2 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15801)), and other participants in technology innovation-- (1) to support collaborative, cross-disciplinary research and development in areas not being served by the private sector; and (2) to develop and accelerate the commercial application of innovative clean technologies. (c) Role of the Secretary- The Secretary shall-- (1) carry out and oversee all aspects of the program described in subsection (a); (2) select recipients of grants for the establishment and operation of consortia through a competitive selection process; and (3) coordinate the innovation activities of consortia with activities carried out by the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Defense, other Federal agency heads, private industry, and academia, including by annually-- (A) issuing guidance regarding national clean technology and development priorities and strategic objectives; and (B) convening a conference relating to clean technology, which shall bring together representatives of Federal agencies, private industry, academia, and other entities to share research and commercialization results, program plans, and opportunities for collaboration. SEC. 4. APPLICATIONS. (a) In General- To receive support under this Act, a consortium shall submit to the Secretary an application in such manner, at such time, and containing such information as the Secretary determines to be necessary. (b) Eligibility- A consortium shall be eligible to receive support under this Act if-- (1) the consortium consists of-- (A) 1 or more research universities that can demonstrate a significant annual clean technology research budget, entrepreneurial support programs, and technology licensing expertise; and (B) a total of 5 or more qualifying entities that can demonstrate expertise in translational research, clean technology, and cluster development; (2) the members of the consortium have established a binding agreement that documents-- (A) the structure of the partnership agreement; (B) a governance and management structure that enables cost-effective implementation of the program; (C) a conflicts of interest policy; (D) an accounting structure that meets the requirements of the Secretary and that may be audited under this Act; and (E) the existence of an external advisory committee; (3) the consortium receives funding from non-Federal sources, such as a State and participants of the consortium, that may be used to support projects; (4) the consortium is part of an existing cluster or demonstrates high potential to develop a new cluster; and (5) the consortium operates as a nonprofit organization or as a public-private partnership under an operating agreement led by a nonprofit organization. (c) Selection- The Secretary may disqualify an application from a consortium under this Act if the Secretary determines that the conflicts of interest policy of the consortium is inadequate. (d) External Advisory Committees- (1) IN GENERAL- To be eligible to receive a grant under this Act, a consortium shall establish an external advisory committee, the members of which shall have extensive and relevant scientific, technical, industry, financial, or research management expertise. (2) DUTIES- An external advisory committee shall-- (A) review the proposed plans, programs, project selection criteria, and projects of the consortium; and (B) ensure that projects selected by the consortium meet the applicable conflicts of interest policy of the consortium. (3) MEMBERS- An external advisory committee shall consist of-- (A) the Secretary; (B) representatives of the members of the consortium; and (C) such representatives of private industry, including entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, as the Secretary and members of the consortium determine to be necessary. SEC. 5. GRANTS. (a) In General- The Secretary shall award grants, on a competitive basis, to 6 or more consortia. (b) Terms- (1) IN GENERAL- The initial term of a grant awarded under this Act shall not exceed 5 years. (2) EXTENSION- The Secretary may extend the term of a grant awarded under this Act for a period of not more than 5 additional years. (c) Amounts- (1) IN GENERAL- A grant awarded to a consortium under this Act shall not exceed-- (A) $30,000,000 per fiscal year; or (B) the collective contributions of non-Federal entities to the consortium, as described in section 4(b)(3). (2) FLEXIBILITY- In determining the amount of a grant under this section, the Secretary shall consider-- (A) the translational research capacity of the consortium; (B) the financial, human, and facility resources of the qualifying entities; and (C) the cluster of which the consortium is a part. (3) INCREASES IN AMOUNTS- Subject to paragraph (1), a consortium may request an increase in the amount of a grant awarded under this Act at the time the consortium requests an extension of an initial grant. (d) Use of Amounts- (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (3), a consortium awarded a grant under this Act shall use the amounts to support translational research, technology development, manufacturing innovation, and commercialization activities relating to clean technology. (2) PROJECT SELECTION- As a condition of receiving a grant under this Act, a consortium shall-- (A) develop and make available to the public on the website of the Department of Commerce proposed plans, programs, project selection criteria, and terms for individual project awards; (B) establish conflicts of interest procedures, consistent with those of the Department of Commerce, to ensure that employees and designees for consortium activities who are in decisionmaking capacities disclose all material conflicts of interest, including financial, organizational, and personal conflicts of interest; (C) establish policies-- (i) to prevent resources provided to the consortium from being used to displace private sector investment otherwise likely to occur, including investment from private sector entities that are members of the consortium; (ii) to facilitate the participation of private entities that invest in clean technologies to perform due diligence on award proposals, to participate in the award review process, and to provide guidance to projects supported by the consortium; and (iii) to facilitate the participation of parties with a demonstrated history of commercial application of clean technologies in the development of consortium projects; (D) oversee project solicitations, review proposed projects, and select projects for awards; and (E) monitor project implementation. (3) LIMITATIONS- (A) ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES- A consortium may use not more than 10 percent of the amounts awarded to the consortium for administrative expenses. (B) PROHIBITION ON USE- A consortium shall not use any amounts awarded to the consortium under this Act to construct a new building or facility. (e) Audits- (1) IN GENERAL- A consortium that receives a grant under this Act shall carry out, in accordance with such requirements as the Secretary may prescribe, an annual audit to determine whether the grant has been used in accordance with this Act. (2) REPORT- The consortium shall submit a copy of each audit under paragraph (1) to the Secretary and the Comptroller General of the United States. (3) GAO REVIEW- As a condition of receiving a grant under this Act, a consortium shall allow the Comptroller General of the United States, on the request of the Comptroller General, full access to the books, records, and personnel of consortium. (4) REPORTS TO CONGRESS- The Secretary shall submit to Congress annually a report that includes-- (A) a copy of the audit described in paragraph (1); and (B) any recommendations of the Secretary relating to the clean technology consortia program. (f) Revocation of Awards- The Secretary shall have the authority-- (1) to review grants awarded under this Act; and (2) to revoke a grant awarded under this Act if the Secretary determines that a consortium has used the grant in a manner that is not consistent with this Act. (g) Authorization of Appropriations- (1) IN GENERAL- There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $100,000,000. (2) RESCISSION- There is hereby rescinded, from appropriated discretionary funds that remain available to the Secretary for obligation as of the date of enactment of this Act, $100,000,000.
H.Res.1684 Jan-28-14
STATUS: April 23, 2013.--Introduced to House. January 27, 2014.--Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. January 28, 2014.--Introduced. July 30, 2014.--Hearing by subcommittee. (59) H.R.1684 Ranch A Consolidation and Management Improvement Act (Referred in Senate - RFS) HR 1684 RFS 113th CONGRESS2d Session H. R. 1684IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJanuary 28, 2014 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources AN ACT To convey certain property to the State of Wyoming to consolidate the historic Ranch A, and for 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 `Ranch A Consolidation and Management Improvement Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service. (2) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Wyoming. SEC. 3. CONVEYANCE. (a) In General- Upon the request of the State submitted to the Secretary not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall convey to the State, without consideration and by quitclaim deed, all right, title and interest of the United States in and to the parcel of National Forest System land described in subsection (b). (b) Description of Land- The parcel of land referred to in subsection (a) is approximately 10 acres of National Forest System land located on the Black Hills National Forest, in Crook County, State of Wyoming more specifically described as the E 1/2 NE 1/4 NW 1/4 SE 1/4 less the south 50 feet, W 1/2 NW 1/4 NE 1/4 SE 1/4 less the south 50 feet, Section 24, Township 52 North, Range 61 West Sixth P.M. (c) Terms and Conditions- The conveyance under subsection (a) shall be-- (1) subject to valid existing rights; and (2) made notwithstanding the requirements of subsection (a) of section 1 of Public Law 104-276. (d) Survey- If determined by the Secretary to be necessary, the exact acreage and legal description of the land to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined by a survey that is approved by the Secretary and paid for by the State. SEC. 4. AMENDMENTS. Section 1 of the Act of October 9, 1996 (Public Law 104-276) is amended-- (1) by striking subsection (b); and (2) by designating subsection (c) as subsection (b). Passed the House of Representatives January 27, 2014. Attest: KAREN L. HAAS, Clerk.
S.1652 Nov-05-13
STATUS: November 5, 2013.--Introduced. December 12, 2013.--Mr. Coons added as cosponsor. S.1652 Utility Energy Service Contracts Improvement Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1652 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1652 To amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to provide guidance on utility energy service contracts used by Federal agencies, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESNovember 5, 2013 Mr. SCHATZ (for himself, Mr. ALEXANDER, and Mr. COATS) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to provide guidance on utility energy service contracts used by Federal agencies, and for 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 `Utility Energy Service Contracts Improvement Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) the Federal Government is the largest consumer of energy in the United States; (2) Federal agencies are expected to meet, by law, Executive order, and mandate, stringent energy efficiency and conservation targets; (3) the utility energy service contract (referred to in this section as `UESC') was developed to provide Federal agencies an effective means to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and water efficiency projects, and has been used successfully to invest nearly $2,700,000,000 in property at Federal facilities; (4) the General Services Administration, which manages more than 9,600 Federal properties and is the lead agency for procuring utility services for the Federal Government, has determined that UESCs may extend beyond a 10-year period under the law; (5) the Federal Energy Management Program, which oversees the UESC program and is a principal office guiding agencies to use funding more effectively in meeting Federal and agency-specific energy and resource management objectives, has determined that UESCs may extend beyond a 10-year period under the law; (6) extensive precedent exists for Federal agencies to contract for energy saving services using contracts with term limits of more than 10 years but not to exceed 25 years; (7) a number of Federal agencies, contrary to congressional intent, have sought to limit UESC term limits to periods of less than 10 years; and (8) greater flexibility with UESCs will help reduce the operational cost of Federal agencies, ultimately saving money for taxpayers. SEC. 3. UTILITY ENERGY SERVICE CONTRACTS. Part 3 of title V of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act is amended by adding after section 553 (42 U.S.C. 8259b) the following: `SEC. 554. UTILITY ENERGY SERVICE CONTRACTS. `(a) In General- Each Federal agency may use, to the maximum extent practicable, measures provided by law to meet energy efficiency and conservation mandates and laws, including through utility energy service contracts. `(b) Contract Period- The term of a utility energy service contract entered into by a Federal agency may have a contract period that extends beyond 10 years, but not to exceed 25 years. `(c) Requirements- The conditions of a utility energy service contract entered into by a Federal agency shall include requirements for measurement, verification, and performance assurances or guarantees of the savings.'.
S.1641 Nov-04-13
STATUS: November 4, 2013.--Introduced. July 23, 2014.--Hearing by subcommittee. (56) S.1641 West Virginia National Heritage Area Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1641 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1641 To establish the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESNovember 4, 2013 Mr. ROCKEFELLER (for himself, Mr. MANCHIN, Mr. CARDIN, and Ms. MIKULSKI) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area, and for 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; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `West Virginia National Heritage Area Act of 2013'. (b) Table of Contents- The table of contents of this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. TITLE I--APPALACHIAN FOREST NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA Sec. 101. Findings; purposes. Sec. 102. Definitions. Sec. 103. Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area. Sec. 104. Management plan. Sec. 105. Authorities, duties, and prohibition of the local coordinating entity. Sec. 106. Authorities and duties of the Secretary. Sec. 107. Relationship to other Federal agencies. Sec. 108. Property owners and regulatory protections. Sec. 109. Evaluation. Sec. 110. Funding. Sec. 111. Termination of authority. TITLE II--HERITAGE AREA EXTENSIONS Sec. 201. Extension of the National Coal Heritage Area. Sec. 202. Extension of the Wheeling National Heritage Area. TITLE I--APPALACHIAN FOREST NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA SEC. 101. FINDINGS; PURPOSES. (a) Findings- Congress finds that-- (1) the Heritage Area-- (A) is comprised of 18 counties that are located in West Virginia and western Maryland; and (B) taken as a whole-- (i) possesses exceptional cultural, natural, and historical resources that form a cohesive and nationally distinctive landscape; (ii) demonstrates landscapes that arose from patterns of human activity that were shaped by the geography of the forested central Appalachian Mountains; and (iii) reflects both modern and historical uses by citizens who continue to affect, and be affected by, the landscape of the forest; (2) there is a national interest in protecting, conserving, restoring, promoting, and interpreting the benefits of the Heritage Area for-- (A) the residents of the Heritage Area; and (B) visitors to the Heritage Area; (3) nationally significant historical and cultural resources located in the Heritage Area form a unique aspect of the heritage of the United States; (4) with respect to the economic development of the United States-- (A) the timber harvesting activities in the region helped fuel late 19th century and early 20th century industrial growth throughout the United States; and (B) prominent industrialists of the region were also active in the national economy; (5) workers who participated in the timber boom of the region brought a blending of cultures of European and African-American immigrants; (6) the growth of each community located in the region was impacted by the forested central Appalachian Mountains; (7) the rich culture of central Appalachia-- (A) includes folklife, music, dance, crafts, and other culturally rich traditions; and (B) is inextricably tied to the forest land of the region; (8) significant historical and cultural sites and resources located in the Heritage Area include-- (A) historic sites from the logging era (including the intact logging company town that is located at the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park); (B) historic sites that evidence conservation efforts (including structures constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps); (C) 5 national historic landmarks; and (D) segments of 4 National Scenic Byways and 1 All-American Road; (9) nationally significant natural and physical resources in the Heritage Area include spectacular natural, scenic, and recreational resources, featuring the core of the central hardwood forest of the United States, which-- (A) as a result of sound forest management and protection of public land, grew from the original cutting of the forest; and (B) includes-- (i) the remnants of old growth forests; (ii) protected wilderness areas; (iii) 14 national natural landmarks; (iv) Federal and State forest lands that were created to foster the regrowth of the forests of the United States, including the Monongahela National Forest, and 9 State forests; (v) experimental forests that demonstrate the evolution of forestry management; (vi) forests managed by public and private entities; and (vii) a dynamic forest industry comprised of mills that demonstrate the ongoing importance of the forest land and forest products to the region; (10) local public and private partnerships that are based on the visions of the community and region are working together to promote the stewardship, enhancement, and interpretation of the resources of the Heritage Area; (11) to promote the goals described in paragraph (10), local residents, organizations, and governments support the establishment of a national heritage area; and (12) involvement by the Federal Government would enhance the efforts to promote the cultural, natural, historical, and recreational resources of the region that have been made by-- (A) the States of West Virginia and Maryland; (B) political subdivisions of the States of West Virginia and Maryland; (C) volunteer organizations; and (D) private businesses. (b) Purposes- The purposes of this title are-- (1) to provide a cooperative management framework to the States of West Virginia and Maryland, the political subdivisions of those States, and the citizens of those States to conserve, enhance, and interpret the significant features of the forest, land, water, and structures of the Heritage Area; and (2) to foster a close working relationship with all levels of government, the private sector, and the local communities of the region to enable those communities-- (A) to conserve the heritage of those communities; and (B) to continue to pursue economic opportunities for those communities. SEC. 102. DEFINITIONS. In this title: (1) HERITAGE AREA- The term `Heritage Area' means the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area established by section 103(a). (2) LOCAL COORDINATING ENTITY- The term `local coordinating entity' means the management entity for the Heritage Area designated by section 103(d)(1). (3) MANAGEMENT PLAN- The term `management plan' means the management plan for the Heritage Area developed under section 104(a). (4) MAP- The term `map' means the map entitled `Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area', numbered T07/80,000, and dated October 2007. (5) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (6) STATE- The term `State' means each of the States of-- (A) Maryland; and (B) West Virginia. SEC. 103. APPALACHIAN FOREST NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA. (a) Establishment- There is established the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area. (b) Boundaries- The Heritage Area shall include-- (1) the Barbour, Braxton, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Morgan, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur, and Webster Counties of the State of West Virginia; and (2) the Allegany and Garrett Counties of the State of Maryland. (c) Availability of Map- A map of the Heritage Area shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of-- (1) the National Park Service; and (2) the local coordinating entity. (d) Local Coordinating Entity- The Appalachian Forest Heritage Area, Inc., shall-- (1) serve as the local coordinating entity for the Heritage Area; and (2) oversee the development of a management plan under section 104(a). SEC. 104. MANAGEMENT PLAN. (a) In General- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are first made available to carry out this title, the local coordinating entity shall develop and submit to the Secretary for approval a management plan for the Heritage Area. (b) Requirements- The management plan shall-- (1) present comprehensive policies, goals, strategies, and recommendations for-- (A) presenting to the citizens of the United States the heritage of the region; and (B) encouraging the long-term resource protection, enhancement, interpretation, funding, management, and development of the Heritage Area; (2) take into consideration and coordinate Federal, State, and local plans to present a unified historic preservation and interpretation plan; (3) involve residents, public agencies, and private organizations of the Heritage Area; (4) describe actions that units of government, private organizations, and citizens recommend for the protection, enhancement, interpretation, funding, management, and development of the resources of the Heritage Area; (5) identify-- (A) existing and potential sources of Federal and non-Federal funding for the protection, enhancement, interpretation, funding, management, and development of the resources of the Heritage Area; and (B) economic development strategies for the protection, enhancement, interpretation, funding, management, and development of the resources of the Heritage Area; (6) include-- (A) an inventory of the cultural, natural, historical, educational, scenic, and recreational resources contained in the Heritage Area, including a list of property that-- (i) is related to the themes of the Heritage Area; and (ii) should be protected, enhanced, managed, or developed; (B) a recommendation of policies and strategies for resource management and protection, including the development of intergovernmental cooperative agreements to manage and protect the cultural, natural, historical, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area; (C) a program of strategies and actions to implement the management plan that includes-- (i) performance goals; (ii) resource protection plans; (iii) enhancement strategies; (iv) interpretation strategies; and (v) specific commitments for implementation that have been made by the local coordinating entity or any government, organization, business, or individual; (D) an analysis of, and recommendations for, means by which Federal, State, and local programs may best be coordinated to further the purposes of this title, including an analysis of the role of the National Park Service and other Federal agencies associated with the Heritage Area; (E) a business plan that-- (i) describes the role, operation, financing, and functions of-- (I) the local coordinating entity; and (II) each of the major activities included in the management plan; and (ii) provides adequate assurances that the local coordinating entity has the partnerships and financial and other resources necessary to implement the management plan; and (F) an interpretive plan for the Heritage Area; and (7) list any revisions to the boundaries of the Heritage Area proposed by the local coordinating entity and requested by the affected local government. (c) Deadline; Termination of Funding- (1) DEADLINE- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available under section 110(a), the local coordinating entity shall submit the management plan to the Secretary for approval. (2) TERMINATION OF FUNDING- If the management plan is not submitted to the Secretary in accordance with this section, the Secretary shall not provide to the local coordinating entity any additional financial assistance under this title until the management plan is submitted to and approved by the Secretary under subsection (d)(1). (d) Approval of Management Plan- (1) REVIEW- Not later than 180 days after the date of receipt of the management plan under subsection (c)(1), the Secretary shall review and approve or disapprove the management plan. (2) CRITERIA- In determining whether to approve the management plan, the Secretary shall consider whether-- (A) the management plan meets all requirements identified in subsection (b); and (B) the local coordinating entity has afforded adequate opportunity, including public hearings, for public and governmental involvement in the preparation of the management plan. (e) Action Following Disapproval- If the Secretary disapproves the management plan under subsection (d)(1), the Secretary shall-- (1) advise the local coordinating entity in writing of the reasons for the disapproval; (2) make recommendations for revisions to the management plan; and (3) not later than 180 days after the date of receipt of a proposed revision to the management plan, approve or disapprove the proposed revision. (f) Amendments- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall review and approve or disapprove each amendment to the management plan that the Secretary determines may substantially alter the purposes of the Heritage Area. (2) USE OF FUNDS- Funds made available under this title shall not be expended by the local coordinating entity to implement an amendment described in paragraph (1) until the Secretary approves the amendment. (g) Effect of Inaction- If the Secretary does not approve or disapprove a management plan, revision, or change within 180 days after it is submitted to the Secretary, then the management plan, revision, or change shall be deemed to have been approved by the Secretary. SEC. 105. AUTHORITIES, DUTIES, AND PROHIBITION OF THE LOCAL COORDINATING ENTITY. (a) Authorities- To prepare and carry out the management plan, the local coordinating entity may use funds made available under this title to-- (1) make grants to-- (A) political jurisdictions; (B) nonprofit organizations; and (C) other parties located in the Heritage Area; (2) enter into cooperative agreements with, or provide technical assistance to-- (A) political jurisdictions; (B) nonprofit organizations; (C) Federal agencies; and (D) other interested parties; (3) hire and compensate staff who have demonstrated expertise in the fields of-- (A) cultural, natural, and historical resources conservation; (B) economic and community development; or (C) heritage planning; (4) obtain funds from any source (including a program that has a cost-sharing requirement); (5) contract for goods or services; and (6) support activities of partners, and any other activities, that-- (A) further the purposes of the Heritage Area; and (B) are consistent with the management plan approved under section 104(d)(1). (b) Duties- In addition to developing the management plan, the local coordinating entity shall-- (1) for any fiscal year for which Federal funds have been received by the local coordinating entity under this title-- (A) submit an annual report to the Secretary that describes-- (i) the specific performance goals and accomplishments of the local coordinating entity; (ii) the expenses and income of the local coordinating entity; (iii) the amounts and sources of matching funds; (iv) the amounts leveraged with Federal funds and the sources of the leveraging; and (v) any grants made to any other entities during the fiscal year; and (B) make available for audit by Congress, the Secretary, and appropriate units of government, all records pertaining to the expenditure of the funds and any matching funds; and (2) encourage, by appropriate means and consistent with the purposes of the Heritage Area, the economic viability of the Heritage Area. (c) Prohibition on the Acquisition of Real Property- The local coordinating entity shall not use Federal funds made available under this title to acquire real property or any interest in real property. SEC. 106. AUTHORITIES AND DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY. (a) Technical and Financial Assistance- On request of the local coordinating entity, the Secretary may provide technical and financial assistance, on a reimbursable or nonreimbursable basis, to the local coordinating entity for-- (1) the development and implementation of the management plan; and (2) other initiatives of the local coordinating entity. (b) Cooperative Agreements- (1) IN GENERAL- To carry out this title, the Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with the local coordinating entity and other public and private entities to provide assistance under subsection (a). (2) REQUIREMENTS- The cooperative agreement under paragraph (1) shall, at a minimum-- (A) establish the goals and objectives of the Heritage Area; and (B) include-- (i) a proposal relating to the conservation and interpretation of the Heritage Area; and (ii) a general outline describing each measure agreed to by the Secretary and the local coordinating entity. SEC. 107. RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES. (a) In General- This title shall not affect the authority of any Federal official to provide technical or financial assistance under any other law. (b) Consultation and Coordination- The head of any Federal agency planning to conduct an activity that may have an impact on the Heritage Area shall, to the maximum extent practicable-- (1) consult with the Secretary and the local coordinating entity regarding the activity; and (2) coordinate the activity with the Secretary and the local coordinating entity. (c) Effect on Other Federal Agencies- Nothing in this title-- (1) modifies, alters, or amends any law (including a regulation) authorizing a Federal agency to manage Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Federal agency; (2) limits the discretion of a Federal land manager to implement an approved land use plan within the boundaries of the Heritage Area; or (3) modifies, alters, or amends any authorized use of Federal land under the jurisdiction of a Federal agency. SEC. 108. PROPERTY OWNERS AND REGULATORY PROTECTIONS. Nothing in this title shall be construed to-- (1) abridge the rights of any property owner, whether public or private, including the right to refrain from participating in any plan, project, program, or activity conducted within the Heritage Area; (2) require any property owner to permit public access (including Federal, Tribal, State, or local government access) to such property or to modify any provisions of Federal, Tribal, State, or local law with regard to public access or use of private lands; (3) alter any duly adopted land use regulation or any approved land use plan or any other regulatory authority of any Federal, State, or local agency or Tribal government, or to convey any land use or other regulatory authority to any local coordinating entity; (4) authorize or imply the reservation or appropriation of water or water rights; (5) diminish the authority of the State to manage fish and wildlife including the regulation of fishing and hunting within the Heritage Area; or (6) create any liability, or to have any effect on any liability under any other law, of any private property owner with respect to any persons injured on such private property. SEC. 109. EVALUATION. (a) In General- Not later than 3 years before the date on which authority for Federal funding terminates for the Heritage Area, the Secretary shall conduct an evaluation of the accomplishments of the Heritage Area and prepare a report with recommendations for the National Park Service's future role, if any, with respect to the Heritage Area. (b) Evaluation Components- An evaluation prepared under subsection (a) shall-- (1) assess the progress of the local coordinating entity with respect to-- (A) accomplishing the purposes of the authorizing legislation for the Heritage Area; and (B) achieving the goals and objectives of the approved management plan for the Heritage Area; (2) analyze the Federal, State, local, and private investments in the Heritage Area to determine the leverage and impact of the investments; and (3) review the management structure, partnership relationships, and funding of the Heritage Area for purposes of identifying the critical components for sustainability of the Heritage Area. (c) Recommendations- Based upon the evaluation under subsection (a), the Secretary shall prepare a report with recommendations for the National Park Service's future role, if any, with respect to the Heritage Area. (d) Submission to Congress- On completion of a report under subsection (c), the Secretary shall submit the report to-- (1) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and (2) the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives. SEC. 110. FUNDING. (a) Authorization of Appropriations- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this title $10,000,000, of which not more than $1,000,000 may be authorized to be appropriated for any fiscal year. (b) Matching Funds- (1) IN GENERAL- As a condition of receiving assistance under subsection (a), the local coordinating entity shall match any amounts provided to the local coordinating entity under this title. (2) FORMS OF PAYMENT- To meet the matching requirement described in paragraph (1), the local coordinating entity shall provide to the Secretary payments that-- (A) shall be derived from non-Federal sources; and (B) may be in-kind contributions of goods or services. SEC. 111. TERMINATION OF AUTHORITY. (a) In General- Subject to subsection (b), the authority of the Secretary to provide financial assistance under this title terminates on the date that is 15 years after the date of enactment of this Act. (b) Exception- The termination of authority of the Secretary under subsection (a) shall not effect the authority of the Secretary to provide to the local coordinating entity technical assistance and administrative oversight. TITLE II--HERITAGE AREA EXTENSIONS SEC. 201. EXTENSION OF THE NATIONAL COAL HERITAGE AREA. Section 107 of Division II of the National Coal Heritage Area Act of 1996 (16 U.S.C. 461 note; 110 Stat. 4244) is amended by striking `2012' and inserting `2017'. SEC. 202. EXTENSION OF THE WHEELING NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA. Section 157(i) of the Wheeling National Heritage Area Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 461 note; 114 Stat. 967) is amended by striking `2015' and inserting `2017'.
S.1640 Nov-04-13
STATUS: November 4, 2013.--Introduced. July 30, 2014.--Subcommittee hearing held. S.1640 Pinyon-Juniper Related Projects Implementation Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1640 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1640 To facilitate planning, permitting, administration, implementation, and monitoring of pinyon-juniper dominated landscape restoration projects within Lincoln County, Nevada, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESNovember 4, 2013 Mr. HELLER introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To facilitate planning, permitting, administration, implementation, and monitoring of pinyon-juniper dominated landscape restoration projects within Lincoln County, Nevada, and for 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 `Pinyon-Juniper Related Projects Implementation Act'. SEC. 2. FACILITATION OF PINYON-JUNIPER RELATED PROJECTS. (a) Availability of Special Account Under Lincoln County Land Act of 2000- Section 5(b) of the Lincoln County Land Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-298; 114 Stat. 1048), is amended-- (1) in paragraph (1)-- (A) in subparagraph (B), by inserting `and implementation' after `development'; and (B) in subparagraph (C)-- (i) in clause (i), by striking `; and' at the end and inserting a semicolon; (ii) in clause (ii), by striking `; and' at the end and inserting a semicolon; and (iii) by adding at the end the following: `(iii) planning, permitting, administration, implementation, and monitoring of pinyon-juniper dominated landscape restoration projects within Lincoln County, consistent with the Ely Resource Management Plan; and `(iv) completing compliance activities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), related mitigation plans, and archeological research and resource inventory in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.), the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (25 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.), and Public Law 95-341 (commonly known as the `American Indian Religious Freedom Act') (42 U.S.C. 1996) for areas of proposed land use authorizations and rights-of-way required for development of land conveyed pursuant to this Act and the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-424; 118 Stat. 2403) and as required for authorization of leases, rights-of-way, and development within the Bureau of Land Management-designated Dry Lake Valley North Solar Energy Zone; and'; and (2) by adding at the end the following: `(3) WAIVER OF FEES- Processing of applications for rights-of-way submitted by a local government or regional government to serve land conveyed pursuant to this Act shall not require payment of cost recovery fees or payment of contributed funds. `(4) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS- Establishment and funding of cooperative agreements between the Bureau of Land Management and Lincoln County, Nevada, shall be required for County-provided law enforcement and planning related activities regarding-- `(A) wilderness in Lincoln County, Nevada, designated by the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-424; 118 Stat. 2403); `(B) cultural resources identified, protected, and managed pursuant to that Act; `(C) planning, management, and law enforcement associated with the Silver State OHV Trail designated by that Act; and `(D) planning associated with land disposal and related land use authorizations required for utility corridors and rights of way to serve land that has been, or is to be, disposed of pursuant to that Act and this Act.'. (b) Availability of Special Account Under Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004- Section 103 of the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-424; 118 Stat. 2406) is amended-- (1) in subsection (b)(3)-- (A) in subparagraph (E), by striking `; and' at the end and inserting a semicolon; (B) in subparagraph (F), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and (C) by adding at the end the following: `(G) planning, permitting, administration, implementation, and monitoring of pinyon-juniper dominated landscape restoration projects within Lincoln County, consistent with the Ely Resource Management Plan; and `(H) completing compliance activities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), related mitigation plans, and archeological research and resource inventory in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.), the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (25 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.), and Public Law 95-341 (commonly known as the `American Indian Religious Freedom Act') (42 U.S.C. 1996) for areas of proposed land use authorizations and rights-of-way required for development of land conveyed pursuant to this Act and the Lincoln County Land Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-298; 114 Stat. 1046) and as required for authorization of leases, rights-of-way, and development within the Bureau of Land Management-designated Dry Lake Valley North Solar Energy Zone.'; and (2) by adding at the end the following: `(d) Waiver of Fees- Processing of applications for rights-of-way submitted by a local government or regional government to serve lands conveyed pursuant to this Act shall not require payment of cost recovery fees or payment of contributed funds. `(e) Cooperative Agreements- Establishment and funding of cooperative agreements between the Bureau of Land Management and Lincoln County, Nevada, shall be required for County-provided law enforcement and planning related activities regarding-- `(1) wilderness in Lincoln County, Nevada, designated by this Act; `(2) cultural resources identified, protected, and managed pursuant to this Act; `(3) planning, management, and law enforcement associated with the Silver State OHV Trail designated by this Act; and `(4) planning associated with land disposal and related land use authorizations required for utility corridors and rights of way to serve land that has been, or is to be, disposed of pursuant to this Act and the Lincoln County Land Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-298; 114 Stat. 1046).'. SEC. 3. DISPOSITION OF PROCEEDS. (a) Disposition of Proceeds Under Lincoln County Land Act of 2000- Section 5(a)(2) of the Lincoln County Land Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-298; 114 Stat. 1047) is amended by inserting `and economic development' after `schools'. (b) Disposition of Proceeds Under Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004- Section 103(b)(2) of the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-424; 118 Stat. 2405) is amended by striking `and transportation' and inserting `transportation, and economic development'. SEC. 4. CERTAIN LAND IN UTILITY CORRIDOR NOT WITHDRAWN. Section 301(c) of the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-424; 118 Stat. 2413) is amended in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by inserting `(other than land in the corridor located in sections 7, 8, 9, 10, and 15, T. 7 N., R. 68 E.)' after `subsection (a)'.
S.1630 Oct-31-13
STATUS: October 31, 2013.--Introduced. November 4, 2013.--Mr. Risch added as cosponsor. S.1630 Water Rights Protection Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1630 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1630 To prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer, relinquishment, or other impairment of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESOctober 31, 2013 Mr. BARRASSO (for himself, Mr. ENZI, Mr. LEE, Mr. HELLER, Mr. HATCH, Mr. CRAPO, and Mr. FLAKE) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer, relinquishment, or other impairment of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture. 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 `Water Rights Protection Act'. SEC. 2. TREATMENT OF WATER RIGHTS. The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture-- (1) shall not condition the issuance, renewal, amendment, or extension of any permit, approval, license, lease, allotment, easement, right-of-way, or other land use or occupancy agreement on the transfer or relinquishment of any water right directly to the United States, in whole or in part, granted under State law, by Federal or State adjudication, decree, or other judgment, or pursuant to any interstate water compact and the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture; and (2) shall not require any water user to apply for a water right in the name of the United States under State law as a condition of the issuance, renewal, amendment, or extension of any permit, approval, license, lease, allotment, easement, right-of-way, or other land use or occupancy agreement.