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S.1491 Sep-10-13
STATUS: September 10, 2013.--Introduced. December 12, 2013.--Mr. Heinrich added as cosponsor. December 19, 2013.--Ordered to be reported with amendments favorably. December 19, 2013.--Reported by Senator Wyden with amendments. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar Calendar No. 278. December 20, 2013.--Mr. Coons added as cosponsor. S.1491 To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to improve United States-Israel energy cooperation, and for other purposes. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1491 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1491 To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to improve United States-Israel energy cooperation, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESSeptember 10, 2013 Ms. LANDRIEU (for herself, Mr. WYDEN, and Ms. MURKOWSKI) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to improve United States-Israel energy cooperation, 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. UNITED STATES-ISRAEL ENERGY COOPERATION. (a) Findings- Section 917(a) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17337(a)) is amended-- (1) in paragraph (1), by striking `renewable' and inserting `covered'; (2) in paragraph (4)-- (A) by striking `possible many' and inserting `possible-- `(A) many'; (B) by inserting `and' after the semicolon at the end; and (C) by adding at the end the following: `(B) significant contributions to the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency through the established programs of the United States-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation;'; (3) in paragraph (6)-- (A) by striking `renewable' and inserting `covered'; and (B) by striking `and' after the semicolon at the end; (4) in paragraph (7)-- (A) by striking `renewable' and inserting `covered'; and (B) by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and (5) by adding at the end the following: `(8) United States-Israel energy cooperation, and the development of natural resources by Israel, are strategic interests of the United States; `(9) Israel is a strategic partner of the United States in water technology; `(10) the United States can play a role in assisting Israel with regional safety and security issues; `(11) the National Science Foundation of the United States should collaborate with the Israel Science Foundation; `(12) the United States and Israel should strive to develop more robust academic cooperation in energy innovation technology and engineering, water science, technology transfer, and analysis of geopolitical implications of new natural resource development and associated areas; `(13) the United States supports the goals of the Alternative Fuels Administration of Israel; `(14) the United States strongly urges open dialogue and continued mechanisms for regular engagement and encourages further cooperation between applicable departments, agencies, ministries, institutions of higher education, and the private sector of the United States and Israel on energy security issues, including-- `(A) identifying policy priorities associated with the development of natural resources of Israel; `(B) discussing best practices to secure cyber energy infrastructure; `(C) best practice sharing; `(D) leveraging natural gas to positively impact regional stability; `(E) improving energy efficiency and the overall performance of water technologies through research and development in water desalination, wastewater treatment and reclamation, and other water treatment refiners; `(F) technical and environmental management of deep-water exploration and production; `(G) coastal protection and restoration; `(H) academic outreach and engagement; `(I) private sector and business development engagement; `(J) regulatory consultations; `(K) leveraging alternative transportation fuels and technologies; and `(L) any other areas determined appropriate by United States and Israel; and `(15) the United States acknowledges the achievements and importance of the Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) and supports continued multiyear funding to ensure the continuity of the programs of the Foundations.'. (b) Types of Energy- Section 917(b)(2) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17337(b)(2)) is amended-- (1) in subparagraph (F), by striking `and' after the semicolon at the end; (2) in subparagraph (G), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and (3) by adding at the end the following: `(H) natural gas energy, including natural gas projects conducted by or in conjunction with the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation; `(I) improvement of energy efficiency and the overall performance of water technologies through research and development in water desalination, wastewater treatment and reclamation, and other water treatment refiners; and `(J) conventional and unconventional oil and gas technologies.'. (c) Eligible Applicants- Section 917(b)(3) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17337(b)(3)) is amended by striking `energy efficiency or renewable' and inserting `covered'. (d) Authorization of Appropriations; International Partnerships- Section 917 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17337) is amended-- (1) by striking subsection (d); (2) by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (e); and (3) by inserting after subsection (b) the following: `(c) International Partnerships- `(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may, subject to appropriations, enter into cooperative agreements supporting and enhancing dialogue and planning involving international partnerships between the Department, including National Laboratories of the Department, and the Government of Israel and its ministries, offices, and institutions. `(2) FEDERAL SHARE- The Secretary may not pay more than 50 percent of Federal share of the costs described in paragraph (1). `(3) ANNUAL REPORTS- The Secretary may submit to the appropriate committees of Congress an annual report that describes-- `(A) actions taken to carry out this subsection; and `(B) any projects under this subsection for which the Secretary requests funding. `(d) United States-Israel Center- The Secretary may establish a joint United States-Israel Center based in an area of the United States with the experience, knowledge, and expertise in offshore energy development to further dialogue and collaboration to develop more robust academic cooperation in energy innovation technology and engineering, water science, technology transfer, and analysis of geopolitical implications of new natural resource development and associated areas.'. (e) Termination- Subsection (e) of section 917 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17337) (as redesignated by subsection (d)(2)) is amended by striking `the date that is 7 years after the date of enactment of this Act' and inserting `September 30, 2024'.
S.1482 Aug-01-13
STATUS: August 1, 2013.--Introduced. S.1482 Empower States Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1482 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1482 To recognize the primacy of States, provide for the consideration of the economic impact of additional regulations, and provide for standards and requirements relating to certain guidelines and regulations relating to health and the environment. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESAugust 1, 2013 Mr. HOEVEN (for himself, Ms. LANDRIEU, Mr. PORTMAN, Ms. HEITKAMP, and Mr. VITTER) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To recognize the primacy of States, provide for the consideration of the economic impact of additional regulations, and provide for standards and requirements relating to certain guidelines and regulations relating to health and the environment. 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 `Empower States Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. REGULATION OF OIL OR NATURAL GAS DEVELOPMENT ON FEDERAL LAND IN STATES. 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. REGULATION OF OIL OR NATURAL GAS DEVELOPMENT ON FEDERAL LAND IN STATES. `(a) In General- Subject to subsection (b), the Secretary of the Interior shall not issue or promulgate any guideline or regulation relating to oil or gas exploration or production on Federal land in a State if the State has otherwise met the requirements under this Act or any other applicable Federal law. `(b) Exception- The Secretary may issue or promulgate guidelines and regulations relating to oil or gas exploration or production on Federal land in a State if the Secretary of the Interior determines that as a result of the oil or gas exploration or production there is an imminent and substantial danger to the public health or environment.'. SEC. 3. REGULATIONS. Part E of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: `SEC. 1459. REGULATIONS. `(a) Comments Relating to Oil and Gas Exploration and Production- Before issuing or promulgating any guideline or regulation relating to oil and gas exploration and production on Federal, State, tribal, or fee land pursuant to this Act, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.), the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.), the Act entitled `An Act to regulate the leasing of certain Indian lands for mining purposes', approved May 11, 1938 (commonly known as the `Indian Mineral Leasing Act of 1938') (25 U.S.C. 396a et seq.), the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.), or any other provision of law or Executive order, the head of a Federal department or agency shall seek comments from and consult with the head of each affected State, State agency, and Indian tribe at a location within the jurisdiction of the State or Indian tribe, as applicable. `(b) Statement of Energy and Economic Impact- Each Federal department or agency described in subsection (a) shall develop a Statement of Energy and Economic Impact, which shall consist of a detailed statement and analysis supported by credible objective evidence relating to-- `(1) any adverse effects on energy supply, distribution, or use, including a shortfall in supply, price increases, and increased use of foreign supplies; and `(2) any impact on the domestic economy if the action is taken, including the loss of jobs and decrease of revenue to each of the general and educational funds of the State or affected Indian tribe. `(c) Regulations- `(1) IN GENERAL- A Federal department or agency shall not impose any new or modified regulation unless the head of the applicable Federal department or agency determines-- `(A) that the rule is necessary to prevent imminent substantial danger to the public health or the environment; and `(B) by clear and convincing evidence, that the State or Indian tribe does not have an existing reasonable alternative to the proposed regulation. `(2) DISCLOSURE- Any Federal regulation promulgated on or after the date of enactment of this paragraph that requires disclosure of hydraulic fracturing chemicals shall refer to the database managed by the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (as in effect on the date of enactment of this Act). `(d) Judicial Review- `(1) IN GENERAL- With respect to any regulation described in this section, a State or Indian tribe adversely affected by an action carried out under the regulation shall be entitled to review by a United States district court located in the State or the District of Columbia of compliance by the applicable Federal department or agency with the requirements of this section. `(2) ACTION BY COURT- `(A) IN GENERAL- A district court providing review under this subsection may enjoin or mandate any action by a relevant Federal department or agency until the district court determines that the department or agency has complied with the requirements of this section. `(B) DAMAGES- The court shall not order money damages. `(3) SCOPE AND STANDARD OF REVIEW- In reviewing a regulation under this subsection-- `(A) the court shall not consider any evidence outside of the record that was before the agency; and `(B) the standard of review shall be de novo.'.
S.1479 Aug-01-13
STATUS: August 1, 2013.--Introduced. S.1479 Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1479 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1479 To address the forest health, public safety, and wildlife habitat threat presented by the risk of wildfire, including catastrophic wildfire, on National Forest System land and public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management by requiring the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to expedite forest management projects relating to hazardous fuels reduction, forest health, and economic development, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESAugust 1, 2013 Mr. LEE (for himself, Mr. BARRASSO, and Mr. FLAKE) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To address the forest health, public safety, and wildlife habitat threat presented by the risk of wildfire, including catastrophic wildfire, on National Forest System land and public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management by requiring the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to expedite forest management projects relating to hazardous fuels reduction, forest health, and economic development, 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 `Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013'. (b) Table of Contents- The table of contents of this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. Purposes. Sec. 3. Definitions. Sec. 4. Authorized wildfire prevention projects. Sec. 5. Public review and environmental analysis. Sec. 6. Administrative and judicial review. Sec. 7. Threatened and endangered species designations. Sec. 8. Savings clause. SEC. 2. PURPOSES. The purposes of this Act are-- (1) to expedite wildfire prevention projects to reduce the chances of wildfire (including catastrophic wildfire) on certain Federal land; (2) to reduce threats to endangered species from wildfires; and (3) to provide to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior tools to streamline projects to reduce the potential for wildfires. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) AT-RISK COMMUNITY- The term `at-risk community' has the meaning given the term in section 101 of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (16 U.S.C. 6511). (2) AT-RISK FOREST- The term `at-risk forest' means-- (A) Federal land on which there is a high risk of losing an at-risk community, key ecosystem, wildlife, or wildlife habitat to wildfire (including catastrophic wildfire and post-fire disturbances), as documented by the Secretary concerned; or (B) Federal land in condition class II or III, as those classes were developed by the Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in the general technical report entitled `Development of Coarse-Scale Spatial Data for Wildland Fire and Fuel Management' (RMRS-87) and dated April 2000 (including any subsequent revision to the report). (3) AUTHORIZED WILDFIRE PREVENTION PROJECT- (A) IN GENERAL- The term `authorized wildfire prevention project' means the measures and methods developed for a project to be carried out in an at-risk forest or on threatened and endangered species habitat by the Secretary concerned for the purpose of hazardous fuels reduction, forest health, forest restoration, watershed restoration, or threatened and endangered species habitat protection. (B) INCLUSIONS- The term `authorized wildfire prevention project' includes livestock grazing and timber harvest projects carried out for one or more of the purposes described in subparagraph (A). (4) FEDERAL LAND- (A) IN GENERAL- The term `Federal land' means-- (i) land of the National Forest System (as defined in section 11(a) of the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1609(a))); or (ii) public land. (B) EXCLUSION- The term `Federal land' does not include land in which the removal of vegetation is specifically prohibited by Federal law unless the land is in an inventoried roadless area or wilderness study area. (5) 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). (6) SECRETARY CONCERNED- The term `Secretary concerned' means-- (A) the Secretary of Agriculture, with respect to land of the National Forest System described in paragraph (4)(A)(i); and (B) the Secretary of the Interior, with respect to public land. (7) THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES HABITAT- The term `threatened and endangered species habitat' means Federal land on which natural fire regimes are identified as being important for, or wildfire is identified as a threat to, an endangered species, a threatened species, or habitat of an endangered species or threatened species in-- (A) a species recovery plan prepared under section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1533); or (B) a notice published in the Federal Register that-- (i) determines a species to be an endangered species or a threatened species; or (ii) designates critical habitat for an endangered species or a threatened species. SEC. 4. AUTHORIZED WILDFIRE PREVENTION PROJECTS. (a) Projects Authorized- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary concerned shall implement authorized wildfire prevention projects in at-risk forests and on threatened and endangered species habitat in a manner that focuses on surface, ladder, and canopy fuels reduction activities. (b) Project Elements- (1) THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES HABITAT- In the case of an authorized wildfire prevention project carried out on threatened and endangered species habitat, the project shall be carried out-- (A) to provide enhanced protection from wildfire (including catastrophic wildfire) for the endangered species, threatened species, or habitat of the endangered species or threatened species; and (B) in compliance with any applicable guidelines specified in the species recovery plan prepared under section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1533). (2) AT-RISK FORESTS- In the case of an authorized wildfire prevention project carried out in an at-risk forest, the project shall be carried out so as to move Federal land in condition class II or III toward condition class I, as those classes were developed by the Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in the general technical report entitled `Development of Coarse-Scale Spatial Data for Wildland Fire and Fuel Management' (RMRS-87) and dated April 2000 (including any subsequent revision to the report). (c) Grazing- (1) IN GENERAL- Domestic livestock grazing may be used in an authorized wildfire prevention project-- (A) to reduce surface fuel loads; and (B) to recover burned areas. (2) UTILIZATION STANDARDS- Utilization standards shall not apply in cases in which domestic livestock grazing is used in an authorized wildfire prevention project. (d) Timber Harvesting and Thinning- Timber harvesting and thinning may be used in an authorized wildfire prevention project to reduce ladder and canopy fuel loads to prevent wildfire (including catastrophic wildfire). (e) Relation to Land and Resource Management Plans and Land Use Plan- Nothing in this section requires the Secretary concerned, as a condition of conducting an authorized wildfire prevention project, to revise or amend-- (1) the land and resource management plan applicable to the National Forest System land on which authorized wildfire prevention project is to be conducted; or (2) the land use plan applicable to the public land on which the authorized wildfire prevention project is to be conducted. (f) Consideration of Public Petitions- Not later than 60 days after the date on which the Secretary receives a public petition for the designation of Federal land as an at-risk forest or as a threatened and endangered species habitat, the Secretary concerned shall-- (1) review the petition; and (2) make a determination regarding the designation. SEC. 5. PUBLIC REVIEW AND ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS. (a) Public Notice and Comment- (1) INITIAL NOTICE- The Secretary concerned shall publish in the Federal Register notice of a proposed authorized wildfire prevention project. (2) WRITTEN COMMENTS- Not later than 30 days after the date of publication of the notice under paragraph (1), any person may submit to the Secretary specific written comments that relate to the proposed authorized wildfire prevention project. (3) FINAL DESIGNATED PROJECT- (A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 60 days after the date on which the notice is published under paragraph (1), after taking into account any comments received under paragraph (2), the Secretary concerned shall-- (i) designate the final authorized wildfire prevention project; and (ii) publish in the Federal Register notice of the final authorized wildfire prevention project. (B) WRITTEN COMMENTS- Not later than 30 days after the date on which the notice is published under subparagraph (A)(ii), any person who submitted comments regarding the proposed authorized wildfire prevention project under paragraph (2) may submit to the Secretary specific written comments that relate to the final designated authorized wildfire prevention project. (b) Environmental Analysis Generally- Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the Secretary concerned shall comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and other applicable laws in planning and conducting an authorized wildfire prevention project. (c) Interagency Cooperation- The informal consultation requirements in section 402.05 of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations (or a successor regulation), shall apply to an authorized wildfire prevention project. (d) Special Rules for Certain Projects- (1) COVERED PROJECTS; DEADLINE- If an authorized wildfire prevention project includes timber harvesting or grazing, the Secretary concerned shall prepare an environmental assessment not later than 30 days after the date on which the notice is published under subsection (a)(1) for the proposed agency action under section 102(2) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)). (2) EFFECT OF FAILURE TO MEET DEADLINE- The authorized wildfire prevention project shall be considered to be compliant with all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) if the Secretary concerned fails to meet the deadline specified in paragraph (1). (3) PROJECT LENGTHS- (A) LIVESTOCK GRAZING PROJECTS- In the case of a livestock grazing project, an environmental assessment conducted under paragraph (1) shall be considered to be sufficient for a minimum of 10 years. (B) TIMBER HARVEST PROJECTS- In the case of a timber harvest project, an environmental assessment conducted under paragraph (1) shall be considered to be sufficient for a minimum of 20 years. (4) ALTERNATIVES- Nothing in this section requires the Secretary concerned to study, develop, or describe any alternative to the proposed agency action in the environmental assessment conducted under paragraph (1). (e) Effect of Compliance- Compliance with this section shall be considered to satisfy the requirements of-- (1) the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); (2) section 14 of the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 472a); (3) the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.); and (4) the Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Act of 1960 (16 U.S.C. 528 et seq.). SEC. 6. ADMINISTRATIVE AND JUDICIAL REVIEW. (a) Administrative Review- The special administrative review process established under section 105 of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (16 U.S.C. 6515) shall apply to any administrative review of an authorized wildfire prevention project. (b) Judicial Review- Any judicial proceeding relating to an authorized wildfire prevention project shall be conducted in accordance with section 106 of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (16 U.S.C. 6516). SEC. 7. THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES DESIGNATIONS. (a) In General- Before a species may be listed as an endangered species or a threatened species under section 4(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1533(c)), the Secretary concerned shall conduct research to determine the impact that the listing would have on forest fuel loads, including forage and timber. (b) Wildfire Risk Assessment Analysis- Recovery plans for threatened species and endangered species under section 4(f) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1533(f)) and critical habitat determinations under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) shall include wildfire risk assessment analysis. SEC. 8. SAVINGS CLAUSE. Nothing in this Act precludes a categorical exclusion (as defined in section 1508.4 of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations (or successor regulations)).
H.Res.1459 Apr-10-13
STATUS: April 10, 2013.--Introduced in House. September 20, 2013.--Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-221. March 26, 2014.--Passed House by recorded vote. 222-201. Roll No. 147. March 27, 2014.--Introduced in Senate. H.R.1459 Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act (Engrossed in House [Passed House] - EH) HR 1459 EH 113th CONGRESS2d Session H. R. 1459AN ACT To ensure that the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 applies to the declaration of national monuments, 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 `Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act'. SEC. 2. NEPA APPLICABILITY TO NATIONAL MONUMENT DECLARATIONS. Section 2 of the Act of June 8, 1906 (16 U.S.C. 431; commonly known as the `Antiquities Act of 1906') is amended-- (1) by striking `That the President' and inserting the following: `(a) That the President'; (2) by striking `discretion, to declare' and inserting `discretion, subject to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), to declare'; (3) by inserting before the final period the following `. No more than one declaration shall be made in a State during any presidential four-year term of office without an express Act of Congress'; and (4) by adding at the end the following: `(b) A declaration under this section shall-- `(1) not include private property without the informed written consent of the owner of the private property affected by the declaration; `(2) be considered a major Federal action under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), except if it affects 5,000 acres or less, in which case-- `(A) the declaration shall be categorically excluded from the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; `(B) the declaration shall expire three years after the date of the declaration; and `(C) the declaration may become permanent if-- `(i) specifically designated as a monument by Federal statute; or `(ii) the President follows the review process under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; and `(3) be followed by a feasibility study that includes an estimate of the costs associated with managing the monument in perpetuity, including any loss of Federal and State revenue, and the benefits associated with managing the monument in perpetuity, including jobs created and tourism dollars associated with managing the monument, which shall be submitted to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and made available on the website of the Department of the Interior not later than one year after the date of the declaration.'. SEC. 3. USE OF EXISTING FUNDS. This Act shall not be construed to increase the amount of funds that are authorized to be appropriated for any fiscal year. Passed the House of Representatives March 26, 2014. Attest: Clerk.
S.1437 Aug-01-13
STATUS: August 1, 2013.--Introduced. July 30, 2014.--Subcommittee hearing held. S.1437 Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center Land Conveyance Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1437 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1437 To provide for the release of the reversionary interest held by the United States in certain land conveyed in 1954 by the United States, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, to the State of Oregon for the establishment of the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center of Oregon State University in Hermiston, Oregon. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESAugust 1, 2013 Mr. WYDEN (for himself and Mr. MERKLEY) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide for the release of the reversionary interest held by the United States in certain land conveyed in 1954 by the United States, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, to the State of Oregon for the establishment of the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center of Oregon State University in Hermiston, Oregon. 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 `Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center Land Conveyance Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) RESEARCH CENTER LAND- The term `research center land' means the approximately 290 acres of land in Hermiston, Oregon, identified as the `Reversionary Interest Area' on the map entitled `Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center' and dated July 23, 2013, including any improvements to, and building on, the land. (2) PATENT- The term `patent' means the patent granted by the Director of the Bureau of Land Management (acting on behalf of the United States) to the State, numbered 130889, and dated September 17, 1954. (3) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Oregon (acting through the Oregon State Board of Higher Education on behalf of Oregon State University). SEC. 3. RELEASE OF REVERSIONARY INTEREST AND RESERVATION OF MINERAL RIGHTS TO BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT LAND CONVEYED TO THE STATE OF OREGON FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF HERMISTON AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND EXTENSION CENTER. (a) Release of Reversionary Interest and Reservation of Mineral Rights- Subject to subsection (b), there are released by the United States without consideration-- (1) the reversionary interest retained by the United States to the research center land under the patent; and (2) the reservation of mineral rights by the United States to the research center land under the patent. (b) Condition- The release of the reversionary interest under subsection (a)(1) is subject to the condition that the State agrees to use any consideration received by the State from the sale, lease, or other conveyance of the research center land after the date of enactment of this Act for agricultural experimental and research work of Oregon State University. (c) Instrument of Release- The Secretary of the Interior (acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management) shall execute and file in the appropriate office a deed of release, amended deed, or other appropriate instrument reflecting the release under subsection (a).
S.1432 Aug-01-13
STATUS: August 1, 2013.--Introduced. S.1432 Ka'u Coast Preservation Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1432 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1432 To direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating portions of the Ka'u Coast in the State of Hawaii as a unit of the National Park System. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESAugust 1, 2013 Ms. HIRONO introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating portions of the Ka'u Coast in the State of Hawaii as a unit of the National Park System. 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 `Ka'u Coast Preservation Act'. SEC. 2. KA'U COAST STUDY AND REPORT. (a) Study- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of the Interior (referred to in this Act as the `Secretary') shall complete a study to determine the suitability and feasibility of designating land along the Ka'u Coast in the State of Hawaii as a unit of the National Park System. (2) STUDY AREA- The area to be studied under paragraph (1) shall consist of-- (A) the area extending from Kapaoo Point to Kahuku Point, Hawaii; (B) the Kahuku Coastal Property (TMK (3) 9-2-001:075); and (C) the Nani Kahuku Aina Property, including Pohue Bay (TMK (3) 9-2-001:072). (3) APPLICABLE LAW- The study under paragraph (1) shall be conducted in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3) of section 8(c) of the National Park System General Authorities Act (16 U.S.C. 1a-5(c)). (b) Report- On completion of the study under subsection (a), the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report containing the results of the study.
S.1430 Aug-01-13
STATUS: August 1, 2013.--Introduced. S.1430 Idaho Wilderness Water Resources Protection Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1430 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1430 To authorize the continued use of certain water diversions located on National Forest System land in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in the State of Idaho, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESAugust 1, 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 authorize the continued use of certain water diversions located on National Forest System land in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in the State of Idaho, 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 `Idaho Wilderness Water Resources Protection Act'. SEC. 2. TREATMENT OF EXISTING WATER DIVERSIONS IN FRANK CHURCH-RIVER OF NO RETURN WILDERNESS AND SELWAY-BITTERROOT WILDERNESS, IDAHO. (a) Authorization for Continued Use- The Secretary of Agriculture shall issue a special use authorization to the owners of a water storage, transport, or diversion facility (in this section referred to as a `facility') located on National Forest System land in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness for the continued operation, maintenance, and reconstruction of the facility if the Secretary determines that-- (1) the facility was in existence on the date on which the land upon which the facility is located was designated as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System (in this section referred to as `the date of designation'); (2) the facility has been in substantially continuous use to deliver water for the beneficial use on the owner's non-Federal land since the date of designation; (3) the owner of the facility holds a valid water right for use of the water on the owner's non-Federal land under Idaho State law, with a priority date that predates the date of designation; and (4) it is not practicable or feasible to relocate the facility to land outside of the wilderness and continue the beneficial use of water on the non-Federal land recognized under State law. (b) Terms and Conditions- (1) REQUIRED TERMS AND CONDITIONS- In a special use authorization issued under subsection (a), the Secretary shall-- (A) allow use of motorized equipment and mechanized transport for operation, maintenance, or reconstruction of a facility, if the Secretary determines that-- (i) the use is necessary to allow the facility to continue delivery of water to the non-Federal land for the beneficial uses recognized by the water right held under Idaho State law; and (ii) the use of nonmotorized equipment and nonmechanized transport is impracticable or infeasible; and (B) preclude use of the facility for the storage, diversion, or transport of water in excess of the water right recognized by the State of Idaho on the date of designation. (2) DISCRETIONARY TERMS AND CONDITIONS- In a special use authorization issued under subsection (a), the Secretary may-- (A) require or allow modification or relocation of the facility in the wilderness, as the Secretary determines necessary, to reduce impacts to wilderness values set forth in section 2 of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131) if the beneficial use of water on the non-Federal land is not diminished; and (B) require that the owner provide a reciprocal right of access across the non-Federal property, in which case, the owner shall receive market value for any right-of-way or other interest in real property conveyed to the United States, and market value may be paid by the Secretary, in whole or in part, by the grant of a reciprocal right-of-way, or by reduction of fees or other costs that may accrue to the owner to obtain the authorization for water facilities.
S.1415 Jul-31-13
STATUS: July 31, 2013.--Introduced. S.1415 Canyon Mountain Land Conveyance Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1415 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1415 To provide for the conveyance of certain Federal land in the State of Oregon to the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 31, 2013 Mr. WYDEN (for himself and Mr. MERKLEY) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide for the conveyance of certain Federal land in the State of Oregon to the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. 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 `Canyon Mountain Land Conveyance Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) FEDERAL LAND- The term `Federal land' means the approximately 17,826 acres of Federal land, as generally depicted on the map entitled `Canyon Mountain Land Conveyance', and dated June 27, 2013. (2) PLANNING AREA- The term `planning area' means land-- (A) administered by the Director of the Bureau of Land Management; and (B) located in-- (i) the Coos Bay District; (ii) the Eugene District; (iii) the Medford District; (iv) the Roseburg District; (v) the Salem District; and (vi) the Klamath Falls Resource Area of the Lakeview District. (3) DEFINITION OF PUBLIC DOMAIN LAND- (A) IN GENERAL- In this subsection, the term `public domain 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). (B) EXCLUSION- The term `public domain land' does not include any land managed in accordance with the Act of August 28, 1937 (50 Stat. 874, chapter 876; 43 U.S.C. 1181a et seq.). (4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (5) TRIBE- The term `Tribe' means the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. SEC. 3. CONVEYANCE. (a) In General- Subject to valid existing rights, including rights-of-way, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the Federal land, including any improvements located on the Federal land, appurtenances to the Federal land, and minerals on or in the Federal land, including oil and gas, shall be-- (1) held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the Tribe; and (2) part of the reservation of the Tribe. (b) Survey- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall complete a survey of the boundary lines to establish the boundaries of the land taken into trust under subsection (a). SEC. 4. MAP AND LEGAL DESCRIPTION. (a) In General- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file a map and legal description of the Federal land with-- (1) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and (2) the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives. (b) Force and Effect- The map and legal description filed under subsection (a) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary may correct any clerical or typographical errors in the map or legal description. (c) Public Availability- The map and legal description filed under subsection (a) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the Office of the Secretary. SEC. 5. ADMINISTRATION. (a) In General- Unless expressly provided in this Act, nothing in this Act affects any right or claim of the Tribe existing on the date of enactment of this Act to any land or interest in land. (b) Prohibitions- (1) EXPORTS OF UNPROCESSED LOGS- Federal law (including regulations) relating to the export of unprocessed logs harvested from Federal land shall apply to any unprocessed logs that are harvested from the Federal land. (2) NON-PERMISSIBLE USE OF LAND- Any real property taken into trust under section 3 shall not be eligible, or used, for any gaming activity carried out under Public Law 100-497 (25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). SEC. 6. FOREST MANAGEMENT. Any commercial forestry activity that is carried out on the Federal land shall be managed in accordance with all applicable Federal laws. SEC. 7. LAND RECLASSIFICATION. (a) Identification of Oregon and California Railroad Land- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary shall identify any land owned by the Oregon and California Railroad that is conveyed under section 3. (b) Identification of Public Domain Land- Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall identify public domain land that-- (1) is approximately equal in acreage and condition as the land identified under subsection (a); and (2) is located within the planning area. (c) Maps- Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress and publish in the Federal Register 1 or more maps depicting the land identified in subsections (a) and (b). (d) Reclassification- (1) IN GENERAL- After providing an opportunity for public comment, the Secretary shall reclassify the land identified in subsection (b) as land owned by the Oregon and California Railroad. (2) APPLICABILITY- The Act of August 28, 1937 (50 Stat. 874, chapter 876; 43 U.S.C. 1181a et seq.) shall apply to land reclassified as land owned by the Oregon and California Railroad under paragraph (1)(B).
S.1414 Jul-31-13
STATUS: July 31, 2013.--Introduced. S.1414 Oregon Coastal Land Conveyance Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1414 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1414 To provide for the conveyance of certain Federal land in the State of Oregon to the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 31, 2013 Mr. WYDEN (for himself and Mr. MERKLEY) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide for the conveyance of certain Federal land in the State of Oregon to the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. 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 `Oregon Coastal Land Conveyance Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) FEDERAL LAND- The term `Federal land' means the approximately 14,804 acres of Federal land, as generally depicted on the map entitled `Oregon Coastal Land Conveyance', and dated March 27, 2013. (2) PLANNING AREA- The term `planning area' means land-- (A) administered by the Director of the Bureau of Land Management; and (B) located in-- (i) the Coos Bay District; (ii) the Eugene District; (iii) the Medford District; (iv) the Roseburg District; (v) the Salem District; and (vi) the Klamath Falls Resource Area of the Lakeview District. (3) DEFINITION OF PUBLIC DOMAIN LAND- (A) IN GENERAL- In this subsection, the term `public domain 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). (B) EXCLUSION- The term `public domain land' does not include any land managed in accordance with the Act of August 28, 1937 (50 Stat. 874, chapter 876; 43 U.S.C. 1181a et seq.). (4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (5) TRIBE- The term `Tribe' means the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. SEC. 3. CONVEYANCE. (a) In General- Subject to valid existing rights, including rights-of-way, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the Federal land, including any improvements located on the Federal land, appurtenances to the Federal land, and minerals on or in the Federal land, including oil and gas, shall be-- (1) held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the Tribe; and (2) part of the reservation of the Tribe. (b) Survey- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall complete a survey of the boundary lines to establish the boundaries of the land taken into trust under subsection (a). SEC. 4. MAP AND LEGAL DESCRIPTION. (a) In General- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file a map and legal description of the Federal land with-- (1) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and (2) the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives. (b) Force and Effect- The map and legal description filed under subsection (a) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary may correct any clerical or typographical errors in the map or legal description. (c) Public Availability- The map and legal description filed under subsection (a) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the Office of the Secretary. SEC. 5. ADMINISTRATION. (a) In General- Unless expressly provided in this Act, nothing in this Act affects any right or claim of the Tribe existing on the date of enactment of this Act to any land or interest in land. (b) Prohibitions- (1) EXPORTS OF UNPROCESSED LOGS- Federal law (including regulations) relating to the export of unprocessed logs harvested from Federal land shall apply to any unprocessed logs that are harvested from the Federal land. (2) NON-PERMISSIBLE USE OF LAND- Any real property taken into trust under section 3 shall not be eligible, or used, for any gaming activity carried out under Public Law 100-497 (25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). SEC. 6. FOREST MANAGEMENT. Any commercial forestry activity that is carried out on the Federal land shall be managed in accordance with all applicable Federal laws. SEC. 7. LAND RECLASSIFICATION. (a) Identification of Oregon and California Railroad Land- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary shall identify any land owned by the Oregon and California Railroad that is conveyed under section 3. (b) Identification of Public Domain Land- Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall identify public domain land that-- (1) is approximately equal in acreage and condition as the land identified under subsection (a); and (2) is located within the planning area. (c) Maps- Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress and publish in the Federal Register 1 or more maps depicting the land identified in subsections (a) and (b). (d) Reclassification- (1) IN GENERAL- After providing an opportunity for public comment, the Secretary shall reclassify the land identified in subsection (b) as land owned by the Oregon and California Railroad. (2) APPLICABILITY- The Act of August 28, 1937 (50 Stat. 874, chapter 876; 43 U.S.C. 1181a et seq.) shall apply to land reclassified as land owned by the Oregon and California Railroad under paragraph (1)(B).
H.Res.1411 Apr-09-13
STATUS: April 9, 2013.--Introduced. July 8, 2013.--Reported to the House, amended by the House Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-139. July 22, 2013.--Passed House, amended. (voice vote) July 23, 2013.--Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. H.R.1411 California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013 (Referred in Senate - RFS) HR 1411 RFS 113th CONGRESS1st Session H. R. 1411IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 23, 2013 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources AN ACT To include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands in the California Coastal National Monument as a part of the National Landscape Conservation 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; DEFINITIONS. (a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013'. (b) Definitions- In this Act: (1) MAP- The term `map' means the map created by the Bureau of Land Management, entitled `California Coastal National Monument Addition' and dated September 15, 2012. (2) MONUMENT- The term `Monument' means the California Coastal National Monument established by Presidential Proclamation 7264. (3) POINT ARENA-STORNETTA PUBLIC LANDS- The term `Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands' means the Federal land comprising approximately 1,255 acres in Mendocino County, California, as generally depicted on the map. (4) PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION 7264- The term `Presidential Proclamation 7264' means Presidential Proclamation Number 7264, dated January 11, 2000 (65 Fed. Reg. 2821). (5) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. SEC. 2. PURPOSE. The purpose of this Act is to protect, conserve, and enhance for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations the unique and nationally important historical, natural, cultural, scientific, educational, scenic, economic and recreational values of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, while allowing certain recreational, research and traditional ecomomic activities or uses, such as grazing, to continue. SEC. 3. EXPANSION OF CALIFORNIA COASTAL NATIONAL MONUMENT. (a) In General- The boundary of the Monument established by Presidential Proclamation 7264 is expanded to include the Federal land shown on the map. (b) Map and Legal Description- (1) IN GENERAL- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file with the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives a map and boundary description of land added to the Monument by this Act. (2) FORCE AND EFFECT- The map and boundary description filed under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary may correct any minor errors in the map and boundary descriptions. (3) AVAILABILITY OF MAP AND BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION- The map and boundary description filed under paragraph (1) shall be on file and available for public inspection in appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management. SEC. 4. ADMINISTRATION. (a) In General- The Secretary shall manage the land added to the Monument by this Act-- (1) as a part of the Monument; and (2) in accordance with Presidential Proclamation 7264, except that-- (A) traditional economic activities and existing uses, such as grazing and the maintenance of existing structures that are used for grazing, shall not be restricted; and (B) lands and interests in land within the proposed land addition not owned by the United States shall not be part of the monument and the future acquisition of those lands and interests in lands by the United States may occur only through donation or exchange with the written consent of the landowner. (b) Management Plan- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall finalize an amendment to the Monument management plan for the long-term protection and management of the land added to the Monument by this Act. (2) REQUIREMENTS- The plan amendment shall-- (A) be developed with an opportunity for full public participation; and (B) describe the appropriate uses and management of the land consistent with this Act. (c) Motorized and Mechanized Transport- Except as needed for emergency or authorized administrative purposes, the use of motorized and mechanized vehicles in the Monument shall be permitted only on roads and trails designated for that use. (d) Incorporation of Land and Interests- (1) AUTHORITY- The Secretary may acquire non-Federal land or interests in land within or adjacent to the land added to the Monument by this Act only through exchange, or donation with the written consent of the landowner, and such non-Federal land shall not be included within the boundaries of the Monument absent written consent of the landowner. (2) MANAGEMENT- Any land or interests in land within or adjacent to the land added to the Monument by this Act acquired by the United States after the date of enactment of this Act shall be added to and administered as part of the Monument. (3) ACCESS TO PRIVATE PROPERTY- The addition of lands under this Act to the Monument may not result in a lack of or restricted access by motorized vehicle to any non-Federal lands within the Monument. (e) Overflights- Nothing in this Act-- (1) restricts or precludes overflights, including low-level overflights or military, commercial, and general aviation overflights that can be seen or heard within the land added to the Monument by this Act; (2) restricts or precludes the designation or creation of new units of special use airspace or the establishment of military flight training routes over the land added to the Monument by this Act; or (3) modifies regulations governing low-level overflights above the adjacent Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. (f) Law Enforcement- Nothing in this Act effects the law enforcement authorities of the Department of Homeland Security. (g) Native American Uses- Nothing in this Act enlarges, diminishes, or modifies the rights of any Indian tribe or Indian religious community. (h) Buffer Zones- (1) IN GENERAL- The expansion of the Monument is not intended to lead to the establishment of protective perimeters or buffer zones around the land included in the Monument by this Act. (2) ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE MONUMENT- The fact that activities outside the Monument can be seen or heard within the land added to the Monument by this Act shall not, of itself, preclude those activities or uses up to the boundary of the Monument. (i) Grazing- Nothing in this Act affects the grazing of livestock and the maintenance of existing structures that are used for grazing within the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands or the Monument. (j) National Landscape Conservation System- The Secretary shall manage the Monument as part of the National Landscape Conservation System. Passed the House of Representatives July 22, 2013. Attest: KAREN L. HAAS, Clerk.