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S.306 Feb-13-13
STATUS: February 13, 2013.--Introduced. April 16, 2013.--Senator Flake added as cosponsor. April 23, 2013.--Hearing by full committee business meeting. May 13, 201.--Reported to the Senate with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report. May 13, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar. [Calendar No. 68] June 3, 2013.--Filed written report to Senate. S. Rept. 113-35. S.306 Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act (Reported in Senate - RS) S 306 RS Calendar No. 68113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 306 To authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development under Federal Reclamation law, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 13, 2013 Mr. BARRASSO (for himself, Mr. RISCH, Mr. ENZI, Mr. CRAPO, and Mr. FLAKE) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources May 13, 2013 Reported by Mr. WYDEN, with an amendment [Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic]A BILL To authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development under Federal Reclamation law, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, [Struck out->] SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] This Act may be cited as the `Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act'. [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION. [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] Section 9(c) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 (43 U.S.C. 485h(c)) is amended-- [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] (1) by striking `The Secretary is authorized to enter into contracts to furnish water' and inserting the following: [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] `(1) The Secretary is authorized to enter into contracts to furnish water'; [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] (2) by striking `(1) shall' and inserting `(A) shall'; [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] (3) by striking `(2) shall' and inserting `(B) shall'; [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] (4) by striking `respecting the terms of sales of electric power and leases of power privileges shall be in addition and alternative to any authority in existing laws relating to particular projects' and inserting `respecting the sales of electric power and leases of power privileges shall be an authorization in addition to and alternative to any authority in existing laws related to particular projects, including small conduit hydropower development'; and [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] (5) by adding at the end the following: [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] `(2) When carrying out this subsection, the Secretary shall first offer the lease of power privilege to an irrigation district or water users association operating the applicable transferred work, or to the irrigation district or water users association receiving water from the applicable reserved work. The Secretary shall determine a reasonable time frame for the irrigation district or water users association to accept or reject a lease of power privilege offer. [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] `(3) The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) shall not apply to small conduit hydropower development, excluding siting of associated transmission on Federal lands, under this subsection. [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] `(4) The Power Resources Office of the Bureau of Reclamation shall be the lead office of small conduit hydropower activities conducted under this subsection. [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] `(5) Nothing in this subsection shall obligate the Western Area Power Administration, the Bonneville Power Administration, or the Southwestern Power Administration to purchase or market any of the power produced by the facilities covered under this subsection and none of the costs associated with production or delivery of such power shall be assigned to project purposes for inclusion in project rates. [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] `(6) Nothing in this subsection shall alter or impede the delivery and management of water by Bureau of Reclamation facilities, as water used for conduit hydropower generation shall be deemed incidental to use of water for the original project purposes. Lease of power privilege shall be made only when, in the judgment of the Secretary, the exercise of the lease will not be incompatible with the purposes of the project or division involved, nor shall it create any unmitigated financial or physical impacts to the project or division involved, and shall be on such terms and conditions as in the judgment of the Secretary in consultation with the appropriate irrigation district or water users association, will adequately protect the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and other interests of the United States and the project or division involved. [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] `(7) Nothing in this subsection shall alter or affect any existing agreements for the development of conduit hydropower projects or disposition of revenues. [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] `(8) In this subsection: [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] `(A) CONDUIT- The term `conduit' means any Bureau of Reclamation tunnel, canal, pipeline, aqueduct, flume, ditch, or similar manmade water conveyance that is operated for the distribution of water for agricultural, municipal, or industrial consumption and not primarily for the generation of electricity. [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] `(B) IRRIGATION DISTRICT- The term `irrigation district' means any irrigation, water conservation, multicounty water conservation district, or any separate public entity composed of two or more such districts and jointly exercising powers of its member districts. [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] `(C) RESERVED WORK- The term `reserved work' means any conduit that is included in project works the care, operation, and maintenance of which has been reserved by the Secretary, through the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] `(D) TRANSFERRED WORK- The term `transferred work' means any conduit that is included in project works the care, operation, and maintenance of which has been transferred to a legally organized water users association or irrigation district. [<-Struck out] [Struck out->] `(E) SMALL CONDUIT HYDROPOWER- The term `small conduit hydropower' means a facility capable of producing 5 megawatts or less of electric capacity.'. [<-Struck out] SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act'. SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION. Section 9(c) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 (43 U.S.C. 485h(c)) is amended-- (1) by striking `The Secretary is authorized to enter into contracts to furnish water' and inserting the following: `(1) The Secretary is authorized to enter into contracts to furnish water'; (2) by striking `(1) shall' and inserting `(A) shall'; (3) by striking `(2) shall' and inserting `(B) shall'; (4) by striking `respecting the terms of sales of electric power and leases of power privileges shall be in addition and alternative to any authority in existing laws relating to particular projects' and inserting `respecting the sales of electric power and leases of power privileges shall be an authorization in addition to and alternative to any authority in existing laws related to particular projects, including small conduit hydropower development'; and (5) by adding at the end the following: `(2)(A) When carrying out this subsection, the Secretary shall first offer the lease of power privilege to an irrigation district or water users association operating the applicable transferred conduit, or to the irrigation district or water users association receiving water from the applicable reserved conduit. The Secretary shall determine a reasonable time frame for the irrigation district or water users association to accept or reject a lease of power privilege offer for a small conduit hydropower project. `(B) If the irrigation district or water users association elects not accept a lease of power privilege offer under subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall offer the lease of power privilege to other parties in accordance with this subsection. `(3) The Bureau of Reclamation shall apply its categorical exclusion process under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) to small conduit hydropower development under this subsection, excluding siting of associated transmission facilities on Federal lands. `(4) The Power Resources Office of the Bureau of Reclamation shall be the lead office of small conduit hydropower policy and procedure-setting activities conducted under this subsection. `(5) Nothing in this subsection shall obligate the Western Area Power Administration, the Bonneville Power Administration, or the Southwestern Power Administration to purchase or market any of the power produced by the facilities covered under this subsection and none of the costs associated with production or delivery of such power shall be assigned to project purposes for inclusion in project rates. `(6) Nothing in this subsection shall alter or impede the delivery and management of water by Bureau of Reclamation facilities, as water used for conduit hydropower generation shall be deemed incidental to use of water for the original project purposes. Lease of power privilege shall be made only when, in the judgment of the Secretary, the exercise of the lease will not be incompatible with the purposes of the project or division involved, nor shall it create any unmitigated financial or physical impacts to the project or division involved. The Secretary shall notify and consult with the irrigation district or water users association operating the transferred conduit before offering the lease of power privilege and shall prescribe terms and conditions that will adequately protect the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and other interests of the United States and the project or division involved. `(7) Nothing in this subsection shall alter or affect any existing agreements for the development of conduit hydropower projects or disposition of revenues. `(8) Nothing in this subsection shall alter or affect any existing preliminary permit, license, or exemption issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under Part I of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 792 et seq.) or any project for which an application has been filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as of the date of the enactment of the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act. `(9) In this subsection: `(A) CONDUIT- The term `conduit' means any Bureau of Reclamation tunnel, canal, pipeline, aqueduct, flume, ditch, or similar manmade water conveyance that is operated for the distribution of water for agricultural, municipal, or industrial consumption and not primarily for the generation of electricity. `(B) IRRIGATION DISTRICT- The term `irrigation district' means any irrigation, water conservation or conservancy, multicounty water conservation or conservancy district, or any separate public entity composed of two or more such districts and jointly exercising powers of its member districts. `(C) RESERVED CONDUIT- The term `reserved conduit' means any conduit that is included in project works the care, operation, and maintenance of which has been reserved by the Secretary, through the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. `(D) TRANSFERRED CONDUIT- The term `transferred conduit' means any conduit that is included in project works the care, operation, and maintenance of which has been transferred to a legally organized water users association or irrigation district. `(E) SMALL CONDUIT HYDROPOWER- The term `small conduit hydropower' means a facility capable of producing 5 megawatts or less of electric capacity.'. Calendar No. 68 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 306A BILL To authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development under Federal Reclamation law, and for other purposes. May 13, 2013Reported with an amendment
S.305 Feb-13-13
STATUS: February 13, 2013.--Introduced. April 23, 2013.--Hearing by subcommittee on National Parks. May 16, 2013.--Full committee business meeting; ordered reported with amendments favorably. June 27, 2013.--Reported to Senate with amendments. S. Rept. 113-57. June 27, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 111]. S.305 Champion Hill, Port Gibson, and Raymond Battlefields Addition Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 305 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 305 To authorize the acquisition of core battlefield land at Champion Hill, Port Gibson, and Raymond for addition to Vicksburg National Military Park. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 13, 2013 Mr. COCHRAN (for himself and Mr. WICKER) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To authorize the acquisition of core battlefield land at Champion Hill, Port Gibson, and Raymond for addition to Vicksburg National Military Park. 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 `Champion Hill, Port Gibson, and Raymond Battlefields Addition Act'. SEC. 2. VICKSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK. (a) Acquisition of Land- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of the Interior (referred to in this Act as the `Secretary') may acquire the land or any interests in land within the area identified as `Modified Core Battlefield' for the Port Gibson Unit, the Champion Hill Unit, and the Raymond Unit as generally depicted on the map entitled `Vicksburg National Military Park--Proposed Battlefield Additions', numbered 306/100986, and dated October 2010. (2) METHODS OF ACQUISITION- Land may be acquired under paragraph (1) by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange, except that land owned by the State of Mississippi or any political subdivisions of the State may be acquired only by donation. (b) Availability of Map- The map described in subsection (a)(1) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service. (c) Boundary Adjustment- On the acquisition of land by the Secretary under this Act-- (1) the acquired land shall be added to Vicksburg National Military Park; (2) the boundary of the Vicksburg National Military Park shall be adjusted to reflect the acquisition of the land; and (3) the acquired land shall be administered as part of the Vicksburg National Military Park in accordance with applicable laws (including regulations). (d) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act.
S.304 Feb-13-13
STATUS: February 13, 2013.--Introduced March 14, 2013.--Full committee business meeting; ordered reported without amendment. (voice vote) April 22, 2013.--Reported to the Senate without amendment. S. Rept. 113-25 April 22, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar. [Calendar No. 56] June 19, 2013.--Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. June 20, 2013.--Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources. July 17, 2013.--House Subcommittee hearing held. September 10, 2013.--Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-191. September 10, 2013.--Passed in House. September 18, 2013.--Approved. Public Law No: 113-35 S.304 Natchez Trace Parkway Land Conveyance Act of 2013 (Reported in Senate - RS) S 304 RS Calendar No. 56113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 304[Report No. 113-25] To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the State of Mississippi 2 parcels of surplus land within the boundary of the Natchez Trace Parkway, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 13, 2013 Mr. COCHRAN (for himself and Mr. WICKER) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources April 22, 2013 Reported by Mr. WYDEN, without amendment A BILL To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the State of Mississippi 2 parcels of surplus land within the boundary of the Natchez Trace Parkway, 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 `Natchez Trace Parkway Land Conveyance Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) MAP- The term `map' means the map entitled `Natchez Trace Parkway, Proposed Boundary Change', numbered 604/105392, and dated November 2010. (2) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (3) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Mississippi. SEC. 3. LAND CONVEYANCE. (a) Conveyance Authority- (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary shall convey to the State, by quitclaim deed and without consideration, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the parcels of land described in subsection (b). (2) COMPATIBLE USE- The deed of conveyance to the parcel of land that is located southeast of U.S. Route 61/84 and which is commonly known as the `bean field property' shall reserve an easement to the United States restricting the use of the parcel to only those uses which are compatible with the Natchez Trace Parkway. (b) Description of Land- The parcels of land referred to in subsection (a) are the 2 parcels totaling approximately 67 acres generally depicted as `Proposed Conveyance' on the map. (c) Availability of Map- The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service. SEC. 4. BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENTS. (a) Exclusion of Conveyed Land- On completion of the conveyance to the State of the land described in section 3(b), the boundary of the Natchez Trace Parkway shall be adjusted to exclude the conveyed land. (b) Inclusion of Additional Land- (1) IN GENERAL- Effective on the date of enactment of this Act, the boundary of the Natchez Trace Parkway is adjusted to include the approximately 10 acres of land that is generally depicted as `Proposed Addition' on the map. (2) ADMINISTRATION- The land added under paragraph (1) shall be administered by the Secretary as part of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Calendar No. 56 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 304[Report No. 113-25]A BILL To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the State of Mississippi 2 parcels of surplus land within the boundary of the Natchez Trace Parkway, and for other purposes. April 22, 2013Reported without amendment
H.Res.298 Jan-15-13
STATUS: January 15, 2013.--Introduced in House. December 12, 2013.--Reported (Amended) by Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-280. April 28, 2014.--Pass in House. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. April 29, 2014.--Referred to Senate. H.R.298 To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate the significance of the Mill Springs Battlefield located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, Kentucky,... (Engrossed in House [Passed House] - EH) HR 298 EH 113th CONGRESS2d Session H. R. 298AN ACT To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate the significance of the Mill Springs Battlefield located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, Kentucky, and the feasibility of its inclusion in the National Park System, 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. BATTLE OF MILL SPRINGS STUDY. (a) Findings- Congress finds as follows: (1) In 1994, the Mills Springs Battlefield in Pulaski and Wayne Counties in Kentucky was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior. (2) The Battle of Mill Springs was the first significant Union victory in the western theater of the Civil War. (3) The outcome of the Battle of Mill Springs, along with Union victories at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson paved the way for a major battle at Shiloh, Tennessee. (4) In 1991, the National Park Service placed the Mill Springs Battlefield on a list of endangered battlefields, noting the impact of this battle to the course of the Civil War. (5) In 1992, the Mill Springs Battlefield Association formed, and utilizing Federal, State, and local support has managed to preserve important tracts of the battlefield, construct an interactive visitor center, and educate the public about this historic event. (6) There is strong community interest in incorporating the Mill Springs Battlefield into the National Park Service. (7) The Mill Springs Battlefield Association has expressed its desire to give the preserved battlefield as a gift to the United States. (b) Definitions- For purposes of this Act: (1) MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD- The term `Mill Springs Battlefield' means the area encompassed by the National Historic Landmark designations relating to the 1862 Battle of Mill Springs located in the counties of Pulaski and Wayne in Kentucky. (2) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (c) Study- Not later than 3 years from the date funds are made available, the Secretary shall conduct a special resource study to evaluate the significance of the Mill Springs Battlefield in Kentucky, and the feasibility of its inclusion in the National Park System. (d) Criteria for Study- The Secretary shall conduct the study authorized by this Act in accordance with 8(b) of Public Law 91-383 (16 U.S.C. 1a-5(b)). (e) Content of Study- The study shall include an analysis of the following: (1) The significance of the Battle of Mill Springs to the outcome of the Civil War. (2) Opportunities for public education about the Civil War in Kentucky. (3) Operational issues that should be considered if the National Park System were to incorporate the Mill Springs Battlefield. (4) The feasibility of administering the Mill Springs Battlefield considering its size, configuration, and other factors, to include an annual cost estimate. (5) The economic, educational, and other impacts the inclusion of Mill Springs Battlefield into the National Park System would have on the surrounding communities in Pulaski and Wayne Counties. (6) The effect of the designation of the Mill Springs Battlefield as a unit of the National Park System on-- (A) existing commercial and recreational activities, including by not limited to hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting, and on the authorization, construction, operation, maintenance, or improvement of energy production and transmission infrastructure; and (B) the authority of State and local governments to manage those activities. (7) The identification of any authorities, including condemnation, that will compel or permit the Secretary to influence or participate in local land use decisions (such as zoning) or place restrictions on non-Federal lands if the Mill Springs Battlefield is designated a unit of the National Park System. (f) Notification of Private Property Owners- Upon commencement of the study, owners of private property adjacent to the battlefield will be notified of the study's commencement and scope. (g) Submission of Report- Upon completion of the study, the Secretary shall submit a report on the findings of the study to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate. Passed the House of Representatives April 28, 2014. Attest: Clerk. 113th CONGRESS2d SessionH. R. 298AN ACT To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate the significance of the Mill Springs Battlefield located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, Kentucky, and the feasibility of its inclusion in the National Park System, and for other purposes.
H.Res.291 May-07-13
STATUS: January 15, 2013.--Introduced in House. April 9, 2013.--Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-26. May 6, 2013.-- Passed in House. May 7, 2013.--Referred to Senate Committee on Eergy and Natural Resources. July 9, 2014.--Discharged by Committee by Unanimous Consent. July 9, 2014.--Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. Jully 10, 2014.--Message on Senate action sent to House. July 15, 2014.--Presented to President. July 25, 2014.--Signed by President. Public Law 113-131. H.R.291 Black Hills Cemetery Act (Referred in Senate - RFS) HR 291 RFS 113th CONGRESS1st Session H. R. 291IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMay 7, 2013 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources AN ACT To provide for the conveyance of certain cemeteries that are located on National Forest System land in Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota. 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 `Black Hills Cemetery Act'. SEC. 2. LAND CONVEYANCES, CERTAIN CEMETERIES LOCATED IN BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST, SOUTH DAKOTA. (a) Cemetery Conveyances Required- The Secretary of Agriculture shall convey, without consideration, to the local communities in South Dakota that are currently managing and maintaining certain community cemeteries (as specified in subsection (b)) all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to-- (1) the parcels of National Forest System land containing such cemeteries; and (2) up to an additional two acres adjoining each cemetery in order to ensure the conveyances include unmarked gravesites and allow for expansion of the cemeteries. (b) Property and Recipients- The properties to be conveyed under subsection (a), and the recipients of each property, are as follows: (1) The Silver City Cemetery to the Silver City Volunteer Fire Department. (2) The Hayward Cemetery to the Hayward Volunteer Fire Department. (3) The encumbered land adjacent to the Englewood Cemetery (encompassing the cemetery entrance portal, access road, fences, 2,500 gallon reservoir and building housing such reservoir, and piping to provide sprinkling system to the cemetery) to the City of Lead. (4) The land adjacent to the Mountain Meadow Cemetery to the Mountain Meadow Cemetery Association. (5) The Roubaix Cemetery to the Roubaix Cemetery Association. (6) The Nemo Cemetery to the Nemo Cemetery Association. (7) The Galena Cemetery to the Galena Historical Society. (8) The Rockerville Cemetery to the Rockerville Community Club. (9) The Cold Springs Cemetery (including adjacent school yard and log building) to the Cold Springs Historical Society. (c) Condition of Conveyance- Each conveyance under subsection (a) shall be subject to the condition that the recipient accept the conveyed real property in its condition at the time of the conveyance. (d) Use of Land Conveyed- The lands conveyed under subsection (a) shall continue to be used in the same manner and for the same purposes as they were immediately prior to their conveyance under this Act. (e) Description of Property- The exact acreage and legal description of each parcel of real property to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined by surveys satisfactory to the Secretary. The cost of the survey for a particular parcel shall be borne by the recipient of such parcel. (f) Additional Terms and Conditions- The Secretary may require such additional terms and conditions in connection with the conveyances under subsection (a) as the Secretary considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States. Passed the House of Representatives May 6, 2013. Attest: KAREN L. HAAS, Clerk.
S.285 Feb-12-13
STATUS: February 12, 2013.--Introduced. April 23, 2013.--Hearing by Subcommittee on National Parks. June 18, 2013.--Full committee markup; ordered to be reported with an amendment favorably. September 10, 2013.--Reported to the Senate with amendments. S. Rpt. 113-96. September 10, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. [Calendar No. 174]. S.285 Valles Caldera National Preserve Management Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 285 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 285 To designate the Valles Caldera National Preserve as a unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 12, 2013 Mr. UDALL of New Mexico (for himself and Mr. HEINRICH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To designate the Valles Caldera National Preserve as a unit of the National Park System, 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 `Valles Caldera National Preserve Management Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEE- The term `eligible employee' means a person who was a full-time or part-time employee of the Trust during the 180-day period immediately preceding the date of enactment of this Act. (2) FUND- The term `Fund' means the Valles Caldera Fund established by section 106(h)(2) of the Valles Caldera Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 698v-4(h)(2)). (3) PRESERVE- The term `Preserve' means the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the State. (4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (5) STATE- The term `State' means the State of New Mexico. (6) TRUST- The term `Trust' means the Valles Caldera Trust established by section 106(a) of the Valles Caldera Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 698v-4(a)). SEC. 3. VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE. (a) Designation as Unit of the National Park System- To protect, preserve, and restore the fish, wildlife, watershed, natural, scientific, scenic, geologic, historic, cultural, archaeological, and recreational values of the area, the Valles Caldera National Preserve is designated as a unit of the National Park System. (b) Management- (1) APPLICABLE LAW- The Secretary shall administer the Preserve in accordance with-- (A) this Act; and (B) the laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including-- (i) the National Park Service Organic Act (16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.); and (ii) the Act of August 21, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.). (2) MANAGEMENT COORDINATION- The Secretary may coordinate the management and operations of the Preserve with the Bandelier National Monument. (3) MANAGEMENT PLAN- (A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 3 fiscal years after the date on which funds are made available to implement this subsection, the Secretary shall prepare a management plan for the Preserve. (B) APPLICABLE LAW- The management plan shall be prepared in accordance with-- (i) section 12(b) of Public Law 91-383 (commonly known as the `National Park Service General Authorities Act') (16 U.S.C. 1a-7(b)); and (ii) any other applicable laws. (C) CONSULTATION- The management plan shall be prepared in consultation with-- (i) the Secretary of Agriculture; (ii) State and local governments; (iii) Indian tribes and pueblos, including the Pueblos of Jemez, Santa Clara, and San Ildefonso; and (iv) the public. (c) Acquisition of Land- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may acquire land and interests in land within the boundaries of the Preserve by-- (A) purchase with donated or appropriated funds; (B) donation; or (C) transfer from another Federal agency. (2) ADMINISTRATION OF ACQUIRED LAND- On acquisition of any land or interests in land under paragraph (1), the acquired land or interests in land shall be administered as part of the Preserve. (d) Science and Education Program- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall-- (A) until the date on which a management plan is completed in accordance with subsection (b)(3), carry out the science and education program for the Preserve established by the Trust; and (B) beginning on the date on which a management plan is completed in accordance with subsection (b)(3), establish a science and education program for the Preserve that-- (i) allows for research and interpretation of the natural, historic, cultural, geologic and other scientific features of the Preserve; (ii) provides for improved methods of ecological restoration and science-based adaptive management of the Preserve; and (iii) promotes outdoor educational experiences in the Preserve. (2) SCIENCE AND EDUCATION CENTER- As part of the program established under paragraph (1)(B), the Secretary may establish a science and education center outside the boundaries of the Preserve. (e) Grazing- The Secretary may allow the grazing of livestock within the Preserve to continue-- (1) consistent with this Act; and (2) to the extent the use furthers scientific research or interpretation of the ranching history of the Preserve. (f) Fish and Wildlife- Nothing in this Act affects the responsibilities of the State with respect to fish and wildlife in the State, except that the Secretary, in consultation with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish-- (1) shall permit hunting and fishing on land and water within the Preserve in accordance with applicable Federal and State laws; and (2) may designate zones in which, and establish periods during which, no hunting or fishing shall be permitted for reasons of public safety, administration, the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitats, or public use and enjoyment. (g) Ecological Restoration- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall undertake activities to improve the health of forest, grassland, and riparian areas within the Preserve, including any activities carried out in accordance with title IV of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (16 U.S.C. 7301 et seq.). (2) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS- The Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with adjacent pueblos to coordinate activities carried out under paragraph (1) on the Preserve and adjacent pueblo land. (h) Withdrawal- Subject to valid existing rights, all land and interests in land within the boundaries of the Preserve are withdrawn from-- (1) entry, disposal, or appropriation under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) operation of the mineral leasing laws, geothermal leasing laws, and mineral materials laws. (i) Volcanic Domes and Other Peaks- (1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (3), for the purposes of preserving the natural, cultural, religious, archaeological, and historic resources of the volcanic domes and other peaks in the Preserve described in paragraph (2) within the area of the domes and peaks above 9,600 feet in elevation or 250 feet below the top of the dome, whichever is lower-- (A) no roads or buildings shall be constructed; and (B) no motorized access shall be allowed. (2) DESCRIPTION OF VOLCANIC DOMES- The volcanic domes and other peaks referred to in paragraph (1) are-- (A) Redondo Peak; (B) Redondito; (C) South Mountain; (D) San Antonio Mountain; (E) Cerro Seco; (F) Cerro San Luis; (G) Cerros Santa Rosa; (H) Cerros del Abrigo; (I) Cerro del Medio; (J) Rabbit Mountain; (K) Cerro Grande; (L) Cerro Toledo; (M) Indian Point; (N) Sierra de los Valles; and (O) Cerros de los Posos. (3) EXCEPTION- Paragraph (1) shall not apply in cases in which construction or motorized access is necessary for administrative purposes (including ecological restoration activities or measures required in emergencies to protect the health and safety of persons in the area). (j) Traditional Cultural and Religious Sites- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary, in consultation with Indian tribes and pueblos, shall ensure the protection of traditional cultural and religious sites in the Preserve. (2) ACCESS- The Secretary, in accordance with Public Law 95-341 (commonly known as the `American Indian Religious Freedom Act') (42 U.S.C. 1996)-- (A) shall provide access to the sites described in paragraph (1) by members of Indian tribes or pueblos for traditional cultural and customary uses; and (B) may, on request of an Indian tribe or pueblo, temporarily close to general public use 1 or more specific areas of the Preserve to protect traditional cultural and customary uses in the area by members of the Indian tribe or pueblo. (3) PROHIBITION ON MOTORIZED ACCESS- The Secretary shall maintain prohibitions on the use of motorized or mechanized travel on Preserve land located adjacent to the Santa Clara Indian Reservation, to the extent the prohibition was in effect on the date of enactment of this Act. (k) Caldera Rim Trail- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, affected Indian tribes and pueblos, and the public, shall study the feasibility of establishing a hiking trail along the rim of the Valles Caldera on-- (A) land within the Preserve; and (B) National Forest System land that is adjacent to the Preserve. (2) AGREEMENTS- On the request of an affected Indian tribe or pueblo, the Secretary and the Secretary of Agriculture shall seek to enter into an agreement with the Indian tribe or pueblo with respect to the Caldera Rim Trail that provides for the protection of-- (A) cultural and religious sites in the vicinity of the trail; and (B) the privacy of adjacent pueblo land. (l) Valid Existing Rights- Nothing in this Act affects valid existing rights. SEC. 4. TRANSFER OF ADMINISTRATIVE JURISDICTION. (a) In General- Administrative jurisdiction over the Preserve is transferred from the Secretary of Agriculture and the Trust to the Secretary, to be administered as a unit of the National Park System, in accordance with section 3. (b) Exclusion From Santa Fe National Forest- The boundaries of the Santa Fe National Forest are modified to exclude the Preserve. (c) Interim Management- (1) MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT- Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary and the Trust shall enter into a memorandum of agreement to facilitate the orderly transfer to the Secretary of the administration of the Preserve. (2) EXISTING MANAGEMENT PLANS- Notwithstanding the repeal made by section 5(a), until the date on which the Secretary completes a management plan for the Preserve in accordance with section 3(b)(3), the Secretary may administer the Preserve in accordance with any management activities or plans adopted by the Trust under the Valles Caldera Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 698v et seq.), to the extent the activities or plans are consistent with section 3(b)(1). (3) PUBLIC USE- The Preserve shall remain open to public use during the interim management period, subject to such terms and conditions as the Secretary determines to be appropriate. (d) Valles Caldera Trust- (1) TERMINATION- The Trust shall terminate 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act unless the Secretary determines that the termination date should be extended to facilitate the transitional management of the Preserve. (2) ASSETS AND LIABILITIES- (A) ASSETS- On termination of the Trust-- (i) all assets of the Trust shall be transferred to the Secretary; and (ii) any amounts appropriated for the Trust shall remain available to the Secretary for the administration of the Preserve. (B) ASSUMPTION OF OBLIGATIONS- (i) IN GENERAL- On termination of the Trust, the Secretary shall assume all contracts, obligations, and other liabilities of the Trust. (ii) NEW LIABILITIES- (I) BUDGET- Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary and the Trust shall prepare a budget for the interim management of the Preserve. (II) WRITTEN CONCURRENCE REQUIRED- The Trust shall not incur any new liabilities not authorized in the budget prepared under subclause (I) without the written concurrence of the Secretary. (3) PERSONNEL- (A) HIRING- The Secretary and the Secretary of Agriculture may hire employees of the Trust on a noncompetitive basis for comparable positions at the Preserve or other areas or offices under the jurisdiction of the Secretary or the Secretary of Agriculture. (B) SALARY- Any employees hired from the Trust under subparagraph (A) shall be subject to the provisions of chapter 51, and subchapter III of chapter 53, title 5, United States Code, relating to classification and General Schedule pay rates. (C) INTERIM RETENTION OF ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES- For a period of not less than 180 days beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, all eligible employees of the Trust shall be-- (i) retained in the employment of the Trust; (ii) considered to be placed on detail to the Secretary; and (iii) subject to the direction of the Secretary. (D) TERMINATION FOR CAUSE- Nothing in this paragraph precludes the termination of employment of an eligible employee for cause during the period described in subparagraph (C). (4) RECORDS- The Secretary shall have access to all records of the Trust pertaining to the management of the Preserve. (5) VALLES CALDERA FUND- (A) IN GENERAL- Effective on the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall assume the powers of the Trust over the Fund. (B) AVAILABILITY AND USE- Any amounts in the Fund as of the date of enactment of this Act shall be available to the Secretary for use, without further appropriation, for the management of the Preserve. SEC. 5. REPEAL OF VALLES CALDERA PRESERVATION ACT. (a) Repeal- On the termination of the Trust, the Valles Caldera Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 698v et seq.) is repealed. (b) Effect of Repeal- Notwithstanding the repeal made by subsection (a)-- (1) the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture to acquire mineral interests under section 104(e) of the Valles Caldera Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 698v-2(e)) is transferred to the Secretary and any proceeding for the condemnation of, or payment of compensation for, an outstanding mineral interest pursuant to the transferred authority shall continue; (2) the provisions in section 104(g) of the Valles Caldera Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 698v-2(g)) relating to the Pueblo of Santa Clara shall remain in effect; and (3) the Fund shall not be terminated until all amounts in the Fund have been expended by the Secretary. (c) Boundaries- The repeal of the Valles Caldera Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 698v et seq.) shall not affect the boundaries as of the date of enactment of this Act (including maps and legal descriptions) of-- (1) the Preserve; (2) the Santa Fe National Forest (other than the modification made by section 4(b)); (3) Bandelier National Monument; and (4) any land conveyed to the Pueblo of Santa Clara. SEC. 6. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act.
S.284 Feb-12-13
STATUS: February 12, 2013: Introduced February 12, 2013: Mr. Heinrich added as cosponsor. April 16, 2013: Hearing by subcommittee on Water and Power. May 16, 2013: Full committee business meeting; ordered reported without amendment favorably. June 27, 2013.--Reported to Senate without amendment. S. Rept. 113-56. June 27, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 110]. S.284 Fort Sumner Project Title Conveyance Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 284 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 284 To transfer certain facilities, easements, and rights-of-way to Fort Sumner Irrigation District, New Mexico. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 12, 2013 Mr. UDALL of New Mexico (for himself and Mr. HEINRICH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To transfer certain facilities, easements, and rights-of-way to Fort Sumner Irrigation District, New Mexico. 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 `Fort Sumner Project Title Conveyance Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) DISTRICT- The term `District' means the Fort Sumner Irrigation District, located in De Baca County, New Mexico. (2) FORBEARANCE AGREEMENT- The term `Forbearance Agreement' means the contract between the United States and the District for the forbearance of exercising priority water rights numbered 08-WC-40-292 and dated August 21, 2009 (including any amendments to that contract). (3) PROJECT- The term `Project' means the Fort Sumner reclamation project. (4) REPAYMENT CONTRACT- The term `Repayment Contract' means the contract between the United States and the District numbered Ilr-1524 and dated November 5, 1948 (including any supplements and amendments to that contract). (5) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (6) MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT- The term `Memorandum of Agreement' means the agreement entitled `Memorandum of Agreement between the United States and the Fort Sumner Irrigation District Concerning Principles and Elements of Proposed Transfer of Title to Fort Sumner Irrigation District Facilities' and numbered 11-WC-40-406 (including any amendments to that agreement). (7) TRANSFER AGREEMENT- The term `Transfer Agreement' means the agreement between the United States and the Fort Sumner Irrigation District that identifies the specific terms and conditions of the title transfer. This document will be completed after the requirements described in section 3(d) are satisfied. SEC. 3. CONVEYANCE. (a) In General- The Secretary is authorized to convey to the District all right and title of the United States in and to all works, land, and facilities of the Project, in accordance with the terms and conditions established in the Transfer Agreement. (b) Valid Existing Rights- The conveyance under this section shall be subject to all valid existing leases, permits, rights-of-way, easements, and other rights appurtenant to the property conveyed. (c) Costs of Conveyance- The costs of the conveyance under this section, including the costs of environmental compliance, may be shared between the United States and the District, in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement. (d) Compliance With Environmental Laws- (1) IN GENERAL- Before carrying out the conveyance under subsection (a), the Secretary shall assure compliance with all applicable requirements under-- (A) the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); (B) the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.); and (C) any other law applicable to the property conveyed. (2) EFFECT- Nothing in this Act modifies or alters any obligation under-- (A) the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); or (B) the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). (e) Failure To Convey- If the Secretary fails to complete the conveyance under this section by the date that is 2 years after the date of completion of the requirements described in subsection (d), the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report that-- (1) explains the reasons why the conveyance has not been completed; and (2) states the date by which the conveyance will be completed. SEC. 4. LIABILITY. (a) In General- Effective on the date of the conveyance under section 3, the United States-- (1) shall have no further interest in, and shall have no responsibility for operating or maintaining, the Project; and (2) shall not be liable for damages of any kind arising out of any act, omission, or occurrence relating to the conveyed property, except for damages caused by acts committed by the United States or employees, agents, or contractors of the United States before the date of the conveyance. (b) Effect of Section- Nothing in this section increases the liability of the United States beyond the liability provided under chapter 171 of title 28, United States Code (commonly known as the `Federal Tort Claims Act'). SEC. 5. TERMINATION OF REPAYMENT CONTRACT. Effective beginning on the date of the conveyance under section 3-- (1) the Repayment Contract shall terminate; and (2) the United States and the District shall have no obligations under the Repayment Contract. SEC. 6. FORBEARANCE AGREEMENT. (a) Payment Obligation- In accordance with paragraph 4(a) of the Forbearance Agreement, effective beginning on the date of termination of the Repayment Contract under section 5, the United States shall have no payment obligation under paragraph 4(a) of the Forbearance Agreement. (b) Other Terms and Conditions- All other terms and conditions of the Forbearance Agreement shall remain in full force and effect on termination of the Repayment Contract under section 5. (c) Term- The term of the Forbearance Agreement shall be not less than 10 years after the date of enactment of this Act, as set forth in the Memorandum of Agreement. SEC. 7. FUTURE BENEFITS. After conveyance of title under this Act-- (1) the conveyed property shall not be considered to be a part of a Federal reclamation project; and (2) the entity to which the property is conveyed shall not be eligible to receive any benefits, including Federal project power, with respect to the conveyed property, except for benefits that would be available to a similarly situated entity with respect to property that is not part of a Federal reclamation project.
S.279 Feb-11-13
STATUS: February 11, 2013: Introduced. February 11, 2013: Mr. Baucus, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Heinrich, Mr. Heller, Mr. Risch, Mr. Udall of Colorado, and Mr. Udall of New Mexico added as cosponsors. July 29, 2014.-- Hearing by Full Committee. S.279 Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 279 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 279 To promote the development of renewable energy on public land, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 11, 2013 Mr. TESTER (for himself, Mr. HELLER, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Mr. UDALL of New Mexico, Mr. RISCH, Mr. HEINRICH, Mr. BAUCUS, and Mr. BENNET) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To promote the development of renewable energy on public land, 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 `Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2013'. (1) TABLE OF CONTENTS- The table of contents for this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. TITLE I--GEOTHERMAL ENERGY Sec. 101. Extension of funding for implementation of Geothermal Steam Act of 1970. TITLE II--DEVELOPMENT OF SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY ON PUBLIC LAND Sec. 201. Definitions. Sec. 202. Programmatic environmental impact statements and land use planning. Sec. 203. Development of solar and wind energy on public land. Sec. 204. Disposition of revenues. Sec. 205. Royalties. Sec. 206. Enforcement of royalty and payment provisions. Sec. 207. Enforcement. Sec. 208. Segregation from appropriation under mining and Federal land laws. Sec. 209. Report. Sec. 210. Applicability of law. TITLE I--GEOTHERMAL ENERGY SEC. 101. EXTENSION OF FUNDING FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF GEOTHERMAL STEAM ACT OF 1970. (a) In General- Section 234(a) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15873(a)) is amended by striking `in the first 5 fiscal years beginning after the date of enactment of this Act' and inserting `through fiscal year 2020'. (b) Authorization- Section 234(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15873(b)) is amended-- (1) by striking `Amounts' and inserting the following: `(1) IN GENERAL- Amounts'; and (2) by adding at the end the following: `(2) AUTHORIZATION- Effective for fiscal year 2013 and each fiscal year thereafter, amounts deposited under subsection (a) shall be available to the Secretary of the Interior for expenditure, subject to appropriation and without fiscal year limitation, to implement the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 (30 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.) and this Act.'. TITLE II--DEVELOPMENT OF SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY ON PUBLIC LAND SEC. 201. DEFINITIONS. In this title: (1) COVERED LAND- The term `covered land' means land that is-- (A)(i) public land administered by the Secretary; or (ii) National Forest System land administered by the Secretary of Agriculture; and (B) not excluded from the development of solar or wind energy under-- (i) a land use plan established under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); (ii) a land use plan established under the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 1600 et seq.); or (iii) other law. (2) PILOT PROGRAM- The term `pilot program' means the wind and solar leasing pilot program established under section 203(a). (3) PUBLIC LAND- The term `public land' has the meaning given the term `public lands' in section 103 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1702). (4) SECRETARIES- The term `Secretaries' means-- (A) in the case of public land administered by the Secretary, the Secretary; and (B) in the case of National Forest System land administered by the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Agriculture. (5) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. SEC. 202. PROGRAMMATIC ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS AND LAND USE PLANNING. (a) National Forest System Land- As soon as practicable but not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture shall-- (1) prepare and publish in the Federal Register a notice of intent to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) to analyze the potential impacts of-- (A) a program to develop solar and wind energy on National Forest System land administered by the Secretary of Agriculture; and (B) any necessary amendments to land use plans for the land; and (2) amend any land use plans as appropriate to provide for the development of renewable energy in areas considered appropriate by the Secretary of Agriculture immediately on completion of the programmatic environmental impact statement. (b) Effect on Processing Applications- The requirement for completion of programmatic environmental impact statements under this section shall not result in any delay in processing or approving applications for wind or solar development on National Forest System land. (c) Military Installations- (1) REPORT- Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior, shall conduct a study, and prepare a report, for States that have not completed the analysis that-- (A) identifies locations on land withdrawn from the public domain and reserved for military purposes that-- (i) exhibit a high potential for solar, wind, geothermal, or other renewable energy production; (ii) are disturbed or otherwise have comparatively low value for other resources; and (iii) could be developed for renewable energy production in a manner consistent with all present and reasonably foreseeable military training and operational missions and research, development, testing, and evaluation requirements; and (B) describes the administration of public land withdrawn for military purposes for the development of commercial-scale renewable energy projects, including the legal authorities governing authorization for that use. (2) ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ANALYSIS- Not later than 1 year after the completion of the study required by paragraph (1), the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior, shall prepare and publish in the Federal Register a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact analysis document to support a program to develop renewable energy on withdrawn military land identified in the study as suitable for the production. (3) REPORTS- On completion of the report, the Secretary and the Secretary of Defense shall jointly submit the report required by paragraph (1) to-- (A) the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate; (B) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; (C) the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives; and (D) the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives. SEC. 203. DEVELOPMENT OF SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY ON PUBLIC LAND. (a) Pilot Program- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish a wind and solar leasing pilot program on covered land administered by the Secretary. (2) SELECTION OF SITES- (A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 90 days after the date the pilot program is established under this subsection, the Secretary shall (taking into consideration the multiple resource values of the land) select 2 sites that are appropriate for the development of a solar energy project, and 2 sites that are appropriate for the development of a wind energy project, on covered land administered by the Secretary as part of the pilot program. (B) SITE SELECTION- In carrying out subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall seek to select sites-- (i) for which there is likely to be a high level of industry interest; (ii) that have a comparatively low value for other resources; and (iii) that are representative of sites on which solar or wind energy is likely to be developed on covered land. (C) INELIGIBLE SITES- The Secretary shall not select as part of the pilot program any site for which a notice of intent has been issued. (3) QUALIFICATIONS- Prior to any lease sale, the Secretary shall establish qualifications for bidders that ensure bidders-- (A) are able to expeditiously develop a wind or solar energy project on the site for lease; (B) possess-- (i) financial resources necessary to complete a project; (ii) knowledge of the applicable technology; and (iii) such other qualifications as are determined appropriate by the Secretary; and (C) meet the eligibility requirements for leasing under the first section of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 181). (4) LEASE SALES- (A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subparagraph (D)(ii), not later than 180 days after the date sites are selected under paragraph (2), the Secretary shall offer each site for competitive leasing to qualified bidders under such terms and conditions as are required by the Secretary. (B) BIDDING SYSTEMS- (i) IN GENERAL- In offering the sites for lease, the Secretary may vary the bidding systems to be used at each lease sale, to ensure a fair return to the public, including-- (I) cash bonus bids with a requirement for payment of the royalty established under this Act; (II) variable royalty bids based on a percentage of the gross proceeds from the sale of electricity produced from the lease, except that the royalty shall not be less than the royalty required under this Act, together with a fixed cash bonus; and (III) such other bidding system as ensures a fair return to the public consistent with the royalty established under this Act. (ii) ROUND- The Secretary shall limit bidding to 1 round in any lease sale. (iii) EXPENDITURES- In any case in which the land that is subject to lease has 1 or more pending applications for the development of wind or solar energy at the time of the lease sale, the Secretary shall give credit toward any bid submitted by the applicant for expenditures of the applicant considered by the Secretary to be qualified and necessary for the preparation of the application. (C) REVENUES- Bonus bids, royalties, rentals, fees, or other payments collected by the Secretary under this section shall be subject to section 204. (D) LEASE TERMS- (i) IN GENERAL- As part of the pilot program, the Secretary may vary the length of the lease terms and establish such other lease terms and conditions as the Secretary considers appropriate. (ii) DATA COLLECTION- As part of the pilot program, the Secretary shall-- (I) offer on a noncompetitive basis on at least 1 site a short-term lease for data collection; and (II) on the expiration of the short-term lease, offer on a competitive basis a long-term lease, giving credit toward the bonus bid to the holder of the short-term lease for any qualified expenditures to collect data to develop the site during the short-term lease. (5) COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS- In offering for lease the selected sites under paragraph (4), the Secretary shall comply with all applicable environmental and other laws. (6) REPORT- The Secretary shall-- (A) compile a report of the results of each lease sale under the pilot program, including-- (i) the level of competitive interest; (ii) a summary of bids and revenues received; and (iii) any other factors that may have impacted the lease sale process; and (B) not later than 90 days after the final lease sale, submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives the report described in subparagraph (A). (7) RIGHTS-OF-WAY- During the pendency of the pilot program, the Secretary shall continue to issue rights-of-way, in compliance with authority in effect on the date of enactment of this Act, for available sites not selected for the pilot program. (b) Secretarial Determination- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretaries shall make a joint determination on whether to establish a leasing program under this section for wind or solar energy, or both, on all covered land. (2) SYSTEM- If the Secretaries determine that a leasing program should be established, the program shall apply to all covered land in accordance with this Act and other provisions of law applicable to public land or National Forest System land. (3) ESTABLISHMENT- The Secretaries shall establish a leasing program unless the Secretaries determine that the program-- (A) is not in the public interest; and (B) does not provide an effective means of developing wind or solar energy. (4) CONSULTATION- In making the determinations required under this subsection, the Secretaries shall consult with-- (A) the heads of other relevant Federal agencies; (B) interested States, Indian tribes, and local governments; (C) representatives of the solar and wind industries; (D) representatives of the environment, conservation, and outdoor sporting communities; (E) other users of the covered land; and (F) the public. (5) CONSIDERATIONS- In making the determinations required under this subsection, the Secretaries shall consider the results of the pilot program. (6) REGULATIONS- Not later than 1 year after the date on which any determination is made to establish a leasing program, the Secretaries shall jointly promulgate final regulations to implement the program. (7) REPORT- If the Secretaries determine that a leasing program should not be established, not later than 60 days after the date of the determination, the Secretaries shall jointly submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives a report describing the basis and findings for the determination. (c) Transition- (1) IN GENERAL- If the Secretaries determine under subsection (b) that a leasing program should be established for covered land, until the program is established and final regulations for the program are issued-- (A) the Secretary shall continue to accept applications for rights-of-way on covered land, and provide for the issuance of rights-of-way on covered land within the jurisdiction of the Secretary for the development of wind or solar energy pursuant to each requirement described in title V of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1761 et seq.) and other applicable law; and (B) the Secretary of Agriculture shall continue to accept applications for authorizations, and provide for the issuance of the authorizations, for the development of wind or solar energy on covered land within the jurisdiction of the Secretary pursuant to applicable law. (2) EXISTING RIGHTS-OF-WAY AND AUTHORIZATIONS- (A) IN GENERAL- Effective beginning on the date on which the wind or solar leasing programs are established and final regulations are issued, the Secretaries shall not renew an existing right-of-way or other authorization for wind or solar energy development at the end of the term of the right-of-way or authorization. (B) LEASE- (i) IN GENERAL- Subject to clause (ii), at the end of the term of the right-of-way or other authorization for the wind or solar energy project, the Secretary or, in the case of National Forest System land, the Secretary of Agriculture, shall grant, without a competitive process, a lease to the holder of the right-of-way or other authorization for the same covered land as was authorized under the right-of-way or other authorization if (as determined by the Secretary concerned)-- (I) the holder of the right-of-way or other authorization has met the requirements of diligent development; and (II) issuance of the lease is in the public interest and consistent with applicable law. (ii) TERMS AND CONDITIONS- Any lease described in clause (i) shall be subject to-- (I) terms and conditions that are consistent with this Act and the regulations issued under this Act; and (II) the regulations in effect on the date of renewal and any other terms and conditions that the Secretary considers necessary to protect the public interest. (3) PENDING RIGHTS-OF-WAY- Effective beginning on the date on which the wind or solar leasing programs are established and final regulations for the programs are issued, the Secretary or, with respect to National Forest System land, the Secretary of Agriculture shall provide any applicant that has filed a plan of development for a right-of-way or, in the case of National Forest System land, for an applicable authorization, for a wind or solar energy project with an option to acquire a lease on a noncompetitive basis, under such terms and conditions as are required by this Act, applicable regulations, and the Secretary concerned, for the same covered land included in the plan of development if-- (A) the plan of development has been determined by the Secretary concerned to be adequate for the initiation of environmental review; (B) granting the lease is consistent with all applicable land use planning, environmental, and other laws; (C) the applicant has made a good faith effort to obtain a right-of-way or, in the case of National Forest System land, other authorization, for the project; and (D) issuance of the lease is in the public interest. (d) Leasing Program- If the Secretaries determine under subsection (b) that a leasing program should be established, the program shall be established in accordance with subsections (e) through (k). (e) Competitive Leases- (1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (2), leases for wind or solar energy development under this section shall be issued on a competitive basis with a single round of bidding in any lease sale. (2) EXCEPTIONS- Paragraph (1) shall not apply if the Secretary or, with respect to National Forest System land, the Secretary of Agriculture determines that-- (A) no competitive interest exists for the covered land; (B) the public interest would not be served by the competitive issuance of a lease; (C) the lease is for the placement and operation of a meteorological or data collection facility or for the development or demonstration of a new wind or solar technology and has a term of not more than 5 years; or (D) the covered land is eligible to be granted a noncompetitive lease under subsection (c). (f) Payments- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretaries shall jointly establish-- (A) fees, rentals, bonuses, or other payments to ensure a fair return to the United States for any lease issued under this section; and (B) royalties pursuant to section 205 that apply to all leases issued under this section. (2) BONUS BIDS- The Secretaries may grant credit toward any bonus bid for a qualified expenditure by the holder of a lease described in subsection (e)(2)(C) in any competitive lease sale held for a long-term lease covering the same land covered by the lease described in subsection (e)(2)(C). (g) Qualifications- Prior to any lease sale, the Secretary shall establish qualifications for bidders that ensure bidders meet the requirements described in subsection (a)(3). (h) Requirements- The Secretaries shall ensure that any activity under a leasing program is carried out in a manner that-- (1) is consistent with all applicable land use planning, environmental, and other laws; and (2) provides for-- (A) safety; (B) protection of the environment and fish and wildlife habitat; (C) mitigation of impacts; (D) prevention of waste; (E) diligent development of the resource, with specific milestones to be met by the lessee as determined by the Secretaries; (F) coordination with applicable Federal agencies; (G) a fair return to the United States for any lease; (H) use of best management practices, including planning and practices for mitigation of impacts; (I) public notice and comment on any proposal submitted for a lease under this section; (J) oversight, inspection, research, monitoring, and enforcement relating to a lease under this section; (K) the quantity of acreage to be commensurate with the size of the project covered by a lease; and (L) efficient use of water resources. (i) Lease Duration, Suspension, and Cancellation- (1) DURATION- A lease under this section shall be for-- (A) an initial term of 25 years; and (B) any additional period after the initial term during which electricity is being produced annually in commercial quantities from the lease. (2) ADMINISTRATION- The Secretary shall establish terms and conditions for the issuance, transfer, renewal, suspension, and cancellation of a lease under this section. (3) READJUSTMENT- (A) IN GENERAL- Royalties, rentals, and other terms and conditions of a lease under this section shall be subject to readjustment-- (i) on the date that is 15 years after the date on which the lease is issued; and (ii) every 10 years thereafter. (B) LEASE- Each lease issued under this Act shall provide for readjustment in accordance with subparagraph (A). (j) Surface-Disturbing Activities- The Secretaries shall-- (1) regulate all surface-disturbing activities conducted pursuant to any lease issued under this section; and (2) require any necessary reclamation and other actions under the lease as are required in the interest of conservation of surface resources. (k) Security- The Secretaries shall require the holder of a lease issued under this section-- (1) to furnish a surety bond or other form of security, as prescribed by the Secretaries; (2) to provide for the reclamation and restoration of the area covered by the lease; and (3) to comply with such other requirements as the Secretaries consider necessary to protect the interests of the public and the United States. (l) Periodic Review- Not less frequently than once every 5 years, the Secretary shall conduct a review of the adequacy of the surety bond or other form of security provided by the holder of a lease issued under this section. SEC. 204. DISPOSITION OF REVENUES. (a) Disposition of Revenues- Of the amounts collected as bonus bids, royalties, rentals, fees, or other payments under a right-of-way, permit, lease, or other authorization for the development of wind or solar energy on covered land-- (1) 25 percent shall be paid by the Secretary of the Treasury to the State within the boundaries of which the income is derived; (2) 25 percent shall be paid by the Secretary of the Treasury to the 1 or more counties within the boundaries of which the income is derived; (3) 15 percent shall-- (A) for the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act and ending on date the date that is 15 years after the date of enactment of this Act, be deposited in the Treasury of the United States to help facilitate the processing of renewable energy permits by the Bureau of Land Management, including the transfer of the funds by the Bureau of Land Management to other Federal agencies and State agencies to facilitate the processing of renewable energy permits on Federal land; and (B) beginning on the date that is 15 years after the date of enactment of this Act, be deposited in the Fund; and (4) 35 percent shall be deposited in the Renewable Energy Resource Conservation Fund established by subsection (c). (b) Payments to States and Counties- (1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (2), amounts paid to States and counties under subsection (a) shall be used consistent with section 35 of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 191). (2) IMPACTS ON FEDERAL LAND- Not less than 33 percent of the amount paid to a State shall be used on an annual basis for the purposes described in subsection (c)(2)(A). (c) Renewable Energy Resource Conservation Fund- (1) IN GENERAL- There is established in the Treasury a fund, to be known as the `Renewable Energy Resource Conservation Fund', to be administered by the Secretary for use in regions impacted by the development of wind or solar energy. (2) USE- (A) IN GENERAL- Amounts in the Fund shall be available to the Secretary, who may make amounts available to the Secretary of Agriculture and to other Federal or State agencies, as appropriate, for the purposes of-- (i) addressing and offsetting the impacts of wind or solar development on Federal land, including restoring and protecting-- (I) fish and wildlife habitat for affected species; (II) fish and wildlife corridors for affected species; and (III) water resources in areas impacted by wind or solar energy development; (ii) securing recreational access to Federal land through an easement, right-of-way, or fee title acquisition from willing sellers for the purpose of providing enhanced public access to existing Federal land that is inaccessible or significantly restricted; and (iii) carrying out activities authorized under the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (16 U.S.C. 460 l -4 et seq.) in the State. (B) ADVISORY BOARD- The Secretary shall establish an independent advisory board composed of key stakeholders and technical experts to provide recommendations and guidance on the disposition of any amounts expended from the Fund. (3) MITIGATION REQUIREMENTS- The expenditure of funds under this subsection shall be in addition to any mitigation requirements imposed pursuant to any law, regulation, or term or condition of any lease, right-of-way, or other authorization. (4) INVESTMENT OF FUND- (A) IN GENERAL- Any amounts deposited in the Fund shall earn interest in an amount determined by the Secretary of the Treasury on the basis of the current average market yield on outstanding marketable obligations of the United States of comparable maturities. (B) USE- Any interest earned under subparagraph (A) may be expended in accordance with this subsection. SEC. 205. ROYALTIES. (a) In General- The Secretaries shall require as a term and condition of any lease, right-of-way, permit, or other authorization for the development of wind or solar energy on covered land the payment of a royalty established by the Secretaries pursuant to a joint rulemaking that shall be a percentage of the gross proceeds from the sale of electricity at a rate that-- (1) encourages production of solar or wind energy; (2) ensures a fair return to the public comparable to the return that would be obtained on State and private land; and (3) encourages the maximum energy generation while disturbing the least quantity of covered land and other natural resources, including water. (b) Amount- The royalty on electricity produced using wind or solar resources shall be-- (1) not less than 1 percent, and not more than 2.5 percent, of the gross proceeds from the sale of electricity produced from the resources during the first 10 years of production; and (2) not less than 2 percent, and not more than 5 percent, of the gross proceeds from the sale of electricity produced from the resources during each year after that initial 10-year period. (c) Different Royalty Rates- The Secretaries may establish-- (1) a different royalty rate for wind or solar energy generation; and (2) a reduced royalty rate for projects located within a zone identified for development of solar or wind energy. (d) Royalty in Lieu of Rent- During the period of production, a royalty shall be collected in lieu of any rent for the land from which the electricity is produced. (e) Royalty Relief- To promote the generation of renewable energy, the Secretaries may reduce any royalty otherwise required on a showing by clear and convincing evidence by the person holding a lease, right-of-way, permit, or other authorization for the development of wind or solar energy on covered land under which the generation of energy is or will be produced in commercial quantities that-- (1) collection of the full royalty would unreasonably burden energy generation; and (2) the royalty reduction is in the public interest. (f) Periodic Review and Report- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act and every 5 years thereafter, the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, shall-- (A) complete a review of collections and impacts of the royalty and fees provided under this Act; and (B) submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives a report describing the results of the review. (2) TOPICS- The report shall address-- (A) the total revenues received (by category) on an annual basis as royalties from wind, solar, and geothermal development and production (specified by energy source) on covered land; (B) whether the revenues received for the development of wind, solar, and geothermal development are comparable to the revenues received for similar development on State and private land; (C) any impact on the development of wind, solar, and geothermal development and production on covered land as a result of the royalties; and (D) any recommendations with respect to changes in Federal law (including regulations) relating to the amount or method of collection (including auditing, compliance, and enforcement) of the royalties. (g) Regulations- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretaries shall jointly issue final regulations to carry out this section. SEC. 206. ENFORCEMENT OF ROYALTY AND PAYMENT PROVISIONS. (a) Duties of the Secretary- The Secretary shall establish a comprehensive inspection, collection, fiscal, and production accounting and auditing system-- (1) to accurately determine royalties, rentals, interest, fines, penalties, fees, deposits, and other payments owed under this Act; and (2) to collect and account for the payments in a timely manner. (b) Applicability of Other Law- The Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (30 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (including the civil and criminal enforcement provisions of that Act) shall apply to leases, permits, rights-of-way, or other authorizations issued for the development of solar or wind energy on covered land and the holders and operators of the leases, permits, rights-of-way, or other authorizations (and designees) under this title, except that in applying that Act-- (1) `wind or solar leases, permits, rights-of-way, or other authorizations' shall be substituted for `oil and gas leases'; (2) `electricity generated from wind or solar resources' shall be substituted for `oil and gas' (when used as nouns); (3) `lease, permit, right-of-way, or other authorization for the development of wind or solar energy' shall be substituted for `lease' and `lease for oil and gas' (when used as nouns); and (4) `lessee, permittee, right-of-way holder, or holder of an authorization for the development of wind or solar energy' shall be substituted for `lessee'. SEC. 207. ENFORCEMENT. (a) In General- Sections 302(c) and 303 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1732(c), 1733) shall apply to activities conducted on covered land under this title. (b) Applicability of Other Enforcement Provisions- Nothing in this title reduces or limits the enforcement authority vested in the Secretary or the Attorney General by any other law. SEC. 208. SEGREGATION FROM APPROPRIATION UNDER MINING AND FEDERAL LAND LAWS. (a) In General- On covered land identified by the Secretary or the Secretary of Agriculture for the development of solar or wind power under this title or other applicable law, the Secretary or the Secretary of Agriculture may temporarily segregate the identified land from appropriation under the mining and public land laws. (b) Administration- Segregation of covered land under this section-- (1) may only be made for a period not to exceed 10 years; and (2) shall be subject to valid existing rights as of the date of the segregation. SEC. 209. REPORT. (a) Study- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretaries shall carry out a study on the siting, development, and management of projects to determine the feasibility of carrying out a conservation banking program on land administered by the Secretaries. (2) CONTENTS- The study under paragraph (1) shall-- (A) identify areas in which-- (i) privately owned land is not available to offset the impacts of solar or wind energy development on federally administered land; or (ii) mitigation investments on federally administered land are likely to provide greater conservation value for impacts of solar or wind energy development on federally administered land; and (B) examine-- (i) the effectiveness of laws (including regulations) and policies in effect on the date of enactment of this Act in facilitating the development of conservation banks; (ii) the advantages and disadvantages of using conservation banks on Federal land to mitigate impacts to natural resources on private land; and (iii) any changes in Federal law (including regulations) or policy necessary to further develop a Federal conservation banking program. (b) Report to Congress- Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretaries shall jointly submit to Congress a report that includes-- (1) the recommendations of the Secretaries relating to-- (A) the most effective system for Federal land described in subsection (a)(2)(A) to meet the goals of facilitating the development of a conservation banking program on Federal land; and (B) any change to Federal law (including regulations) or policy necessary to address more effectively the siting, development, and management of conservation banking programs on Federal land to mitigate impacts to natural resources on private land; and (2) any administrative action to be taken by the Secretaries in response to the recommendations. (c) Availability to the Public- Not later than 30 days after the date on which the report described in subsection (b) is submitted to Congress, the Secretaries shall make the results of the study available to the public. SEC. 210. APPLICABILITY OF LAW. (a) Rental Fee Exemption- Wind or solar generation projects with a capacity of 20 megawatts or more that are issued a lease, right-of-way, permit, or other authorization under applicable law shall not be subject to the rental fee exemption for rights-of-way under section 504(g) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1764(g)). (b) Fees, Charges, and Commissions- Section 304 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1734) shall apply to an application made under section 203.
S.276 Feb-11-13
STATUS: February 11, 2013.--Introduced. April 22,2013.--Full committee business meeting; ordered reported without amendment. (voice vote) April 22, 2013.--Reported to the Senate without amendment. S. Rept. 113-24 April 22, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar. [Calendar No. 55] June 19, 2013.--Passed Senate without amendment by unanimous consent. June 20, 2013.--Received in the House. June 20, 2013.--Referred to House committee on Energy and Commerce. September 11, 2014.--Passed House by voice vote. September 16, 2014.--Presented to President. September 26, 2014.--Signed by President. September 26, 2014.--Became Public Law No. 113-177 S.276 To reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the American Falls Reservoir. (Reported in Senate - RS) S 276 RS Calendar No. 55113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 276[Report No. 113-24] To reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the American Falls Reservoir. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 11, 2013 Mr. RISCH (for himself and Mr. CRAPO) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources April 22, 2013 Reported by Mr. WYDEN, without amendment A BILL To reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the American Falls Reservoir. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. EXTENSION OF TIME FOR FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION PROJECT INVOLVING AMERICAN FALLS RESERVOIR. Notwithstanding the time period specified in section 13 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 806) that would otherwise apply to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission project numbered 12423, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shall, at the request of the licensee for the project, and after reasonable notice and in accordance with the procedures of the Commission under that section, reinstate the license and extend the time period during which the licensee is required to commence the construction of project works to the end of the 3-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act. Calendar No. 55 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 276[Report No. 113-24]A BILL To reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the American Falls Reservoir. April 22, 2013Reported without amendment
S.275 Feb-11-13
STATUS: February 11, 2013: Introduced. S.275 To reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Little Wood River Ranch. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 275 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 275 To reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Little Wood River Ranch. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 11, 2013 Mr. RISCH (for himself and Mr. CRAPO) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Little Wood River Ranch. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. EXTENSION OF TIME FOR FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION PROJECT INVOLVING LITTLE WOOD RIVER RANCH. Notwithstanding the time period specified in section 13 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 806) that would otherwise apply to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission project numbered 12063, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shall, at the request of the licensee for the project, and after reasonable notice and in accordance with the procedures of the Commission under that section-- (1) extend the time period during which the licensee is required to commence the construction of project works to the end of the 3-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act; or (2) if the license for Project No. 12063 has been terminated, reinstate the license and extend the time period during which the licensee is required to commence the construction of project works to the end of the 3-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act.