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S.503 Mar-07-13
STATUS: March 7, 2013.--Introduced. S.503 Sangre de Cristo National Historical Park Establishment Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 503 IS 113th CONGRESS1st Session S. 503 To establish the Sangre de Cristo National Historical Park, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMarch 7, 2013 Mr. UDALL of Colorado introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish the Sangre de Cristo National Historical Park, 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 `Sangre de Cristo National Historical Park Establishment Act'. SEC. 2. PURPOSE. The purpose of this Act is to establish the Sangre de Cristo National Historical Park-- (1) to help preserve, protect, and interpret the nationally significant historical and cultural resources of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range-San Luis Valley region of southern Colorado for the benefit and inspiration of future generations; (2) to support the preservation, protection, and interpretation of the urban, rural, and agricultural landscape features of the region; (3) to educate the public about-- (A) nationally significant sites and districts that convey the history of the northern migrations and the other migrations of diverse peoples that settled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range-San Luis Valley region; (B) the exploration and development of the region under Spanish rule from 1598 through 1821; (C) the history of communities under Mexican rule between 1821 and 1848, the date of the conclusion of the Mexican American War; (D) the post-1848 settlement history of the area under United States jurisdiction, and the creation of the State of Colorado; and (E) the rich and distinctive folklore, religions, and languages of the cultures in the area today; and (4) to support and enhance the network of partners, including the State and local governments, private entities, and nonprofit entities, that will engage in the protection, improvement, management, and operation of key resources and facilities in the Park and throughout the National Heritage Area. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA- The term `National Heritage Area' means the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area established by section 8001 of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (16 U.S.C. 461 note; Public Law 111-11). (2) PARK- The term `Park' means the Sangre de Cristo National Historical Park established under section 4. (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the National Park Service. (4) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Colorado. SEC. 4. ESTABLISHMENT OF SANGRE DE CRISTO NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK. (a) Establishment- Subject to valid and existing rights, there is established in the State a unit of the National Park System to be known as the `Sangre de Cristo National Historical Park'. (b) Boundaries- Subject to valid existing rights, the Park shall be comprised of the following cultural and historical sites and byways within the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range-San Luis Valley region of southern Colorado: (1) The Sangre de Cristo Heritage Center, San Luis, Costilla County. (2) The Sociedad Proteccion Mutua de Trabajadores Unidos building, Antonito, Conejos County. (3) The Fort Garland Museum, Fort Garland, Costilla County. (4) The Denver & Rio Grande Antonito Depot, Antonito, Conejos County. (5) The Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway. (6) Dario Gallegos House, San Luis, Costilla County. (7) Trujillo Homesteads, Alamosa County. (8) Pike's Stockade, Conejos County. (9) The portions of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail located in the areas of Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, and Saguache counties where the trail crosses federally owned land. (c) Additional Sites- (1) IN GENERAL- An additional site may not be added to the Park unless-- (A) the Secretary determines, based on further research and planning, that the site meets the applicable criteria for national significance, suitability, and feasibility; and (B) notification of the proposed addition of the site has been submitted to-- (i) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and (ii) the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives. (2) STUDY- The Secretary shall conduct a study to determine the feasibility of including in the Park additional cultural and historical sites located in the following counties: (A) Huerfano County. (B) Las Animas County. (d) Acquisition of Land- The Secretary may-- (1) acquire land or interests in land within the boundaries of the Park by-- (A) donation; (B) purchase from willing sellers with donated or appropriated funds; or (C) exchange; and (2) enter into cooperative management agreements in accordance with section 3( l ) of the National Park System General Authorities Act (16 U.S.C. 1a-2( l )). (e) Acquisition of Water Rights- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may acquire water rights by-- (A) donation; or (B) purchase from willing sellers. (2) LIMITATION- The Secretary may not acquire water rights by means other than the means described in paragraph (1). (f) Administration- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall administer the Park 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) GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN- (A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this Act, the Secretary shall prepare a general management plan for the Park-- (i) in consultation with applicable State and local governments, owners of property within the boundaries of the Park, and other interested parties; and (ii) in accordance with section 12(b) of the National Park System General Authorities Act (16 U.S.C. 1a-7(b)). (B) REQUIREMENTS- To the maximum extent practicable, the plan prepared under subparagraph (A) shall-- (i) consider ways to use existing visitor facilities and recreational opportunities developed in the National Heritage Area; and (ii) develop programs and management actions cooperatively with the National Heritage Area. (g) Cooperative Agreements- (1) IN GENERAL- To further the purposes of this Act and notwithstanding chapter 63 of title 31, United States Code, the Secretary may provide grants and technical assistance to, and may enter into cooperative agreements with, the State, political subdivisions of the State, nonprofit organizations, and private property owners-- (A) to provide technical assistance, interpretation, public access, and other visitor services in the Park; and (B) subject to the availability of appropriations, to provide not more than 50 percent of the cost of any natural, historic, or cultural resource protection project in the Park and the National Heritage Area that is consistent with the general management plan prepared under subsection (f). (2) MATCHING REQUIREMENT- As a condition of the receipt of funds under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall require that any Federal funds made available under a grant or cooperative agreement entered into under that paragraph are matched on a 1-to-1 basis by non-Federal funds. (3) REIMBURSEMENT- Any payment made by the Secretary under paragraph (1)(B) shall be subject to an agreement that the conversion, use, or disposal of the project for purposes that are inconsistent with the purposes of this Act, as determined by the Secretary, shall result in a right of the United States to reimbursement of the greater of-- (A) the amount provided by the Secretary to the project under paragraph (1)(B); or (B) an amount equal to the increased value of the project that is attributable to the funds, as determined by the Secretary at the time of the conversion, use, or disposal. (h) Management of Old Spanish Trail- Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the head of the Federal agency with jurisdiction over a portion of the Old Spanish Trail included within the boundaries of the Park under subsection (b)(9), as determined under the applicable management plan for the Old Spanish Trail, shall continue to manage that portion of the Old Spanish Trail. (i) Limitation- Nothing in this Act expands or diminishes any right of access to any private land within the boundaries of the Park. SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carryout this Act.
S.497 Mar-07-13
STATUS: March 7, 2013.--Introduced. S.497 San Juan Islands National Conservation Area Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 497 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 497 To establish the San Juan Islands National Conservation Area in the San Juan Islands, Washington, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 7, 2013 Ms. CANTWELL (for herself and Mrs. MURRAY) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish the San Juan Islands National Conservation Area in the San Juan Islands, Washington, 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 `San Juan Islands National Conservation Area Act'. SEC. 2. FINDINGS; PURPOSES. (a) Findings- Congress finds that-- (1) the land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the San Juan Archipelago in the State of Washington comprising nearly 1,000 acres of small islands, rocks and reef, headlands, historic lighthouses, and ecologically important areas is of great value to people in the State of Washington and the United States; (2) the area described in paragraph (1)-- (A) provides recreational opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, boating, picnicking, photography, sea kayaking, and camping; (B) is enjoyed by the 15,844 year-round residents of the area; (C) provides attractions for many of the more than 750,000 visitors to San Juan Island County each year; (D) preserves important local, national, and tribal cultural and historic sites, such as-- (i) lighthouses on Patos Island, Turn Point, and Cattle Point, which are registered as State Historic Structures; (ii) numerous archaeological sites, including shell middens, plank-house sites, and burial markers; and (iii) areas of cultural importance, including ancient Coast Salish camas cultivation sites, homesteads, reef-net sites, and settler cabins; (E) includes vanishing coastal flower meadows, spruce bogs, groves of Garry oaks and endemic coastal junipers, and other rare and fragile ecosystems that support numerous plant species and provide nesting habitat for seabirds, songbirds, bats, and other small native mammals; (F) is used by several nonprofit, government, and educational organizations for scientific research and education, including the San Juan Islands Experimental Education Outdoor Classroom; (G) was identified by the Secretary of the Interior in November 2011 as 1 of 18 areas of public land in 9 States that was a `crown jewel' warranting immediate and permanent protection by Congress; and (H) the establishment of the San Juan Islands National Conservation Area is the best way to preserve, protect, enhance, and restore a landscape that is of local and national importance. (b) Purposes- The purposes of this Act are-- (1) to conserve, protect, and enhance for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations the ecological, scenic, wildlife, recreational, cultural, historical, natural, educational, and scientific resources of the National Conservation Area; and (2) to protect each species that is-- (A) located in the National Conservation Area; and (B) listed as a threatened or endangered species on the list of threatened species or the list of endangered species published under section 4(c)(1) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1533(c)(1)). SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) ADVISORY COUNCIL- The term `Advisory Council' means the San Juan Islands National Conservation Area Advisory Council established under section 4(e). (2) MANAGEMENT PLAN- The term `management plan' means the management plan for the National Conservation Area developed under section 4(b). (3) NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA- The term `National Conservation Area' means the San Juan Islands National Conservation Area established by section 4(a). (4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. SEC. 4. SAN JUAN ISLANDS NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA. (a) Establishment- Subject to valid existing rights, there is established in the State of Washington the San Juan Islands National Conservation Area, consisting of approximately 1,000 acres of public land in the State of Washington, as generally depicted on the map entitled `Proposed San Juan Islands National Conservation Area' and dated June 30, 2011. (b) Management Plan- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act and in accordance with paragraph (2), the Secretary shall develop a comprehensive plan for the long-term management of the National Conservation Area. (2) CONSULTATION- In developing the management plan required under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall consult with-- (A) appropriate State, tribal, and local governmental entities; and (B) members of the public. (c) Management- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall manage the National Conservation Area-- (A) in a manner that conserves, protects, and enhances the resources of the National Conservation Area; and (B) in accordance with-- (i) the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); (ii) this Act; and (iii) any other applicable law (including regulations). (2) USES- The Secretary shall only allow uses of the National Conservation Area that the Secretary determines would further a purpose described in section 2(b). (3) MOTORIZED VEHICLES- Except as needed for administrative purposes or to respond to an emergency, the use of motorized vehicles in the National Conservation Area shall be permitted only on roads designated by the management plan for the use of motorized vehicles. (4) WILDLAND FIRE OPERATIONS- Nothing in this Act prohibits the Secretary, in cooperation with other Federal, State, and local agencies, as appropriate, from conducting wildland fire operations in the National Conservation Area, consistent with the purposes of this Act. (5) INVASIVE SPECIES AND NOXIOUS WEEDS- In accordance with any applicable laws and subject to such terms and conditions as the Secretary determines to be appropriate, the Secretary may prescribe measures to control nonnative invasive plants and noxious weeds within the National Conservation Area. (6) TRIBAL CULTURAL USES- The Secretary shall, in consultation with Indian tribes-- (A) ensure the protection of religious and cultural sites in the National Conservation Area; and (B) provide access to the sites by members of Indian tribes for traditional cultural and customary uses, consistent with Public Law 95-341 (commonly known as the `American Indian Religious Freedom Act') (42 U.S.C. 1996). (d) No Buffer Zones- (1) IN GENERAL- Nothing in this Act creates a protective perimeter or buffer zone around the National Conservation Area. (2) ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE CONSERVATION AREA- The fact that an activity or use on land outside the National Conservation Area can be seen or heard within the National Conservation Area shall not preclude the activity or use outside the boundary of the National Conservation Area. (3) ACQUISITION OF LAND- (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may acquire non-Federal land within the boundaries of the National Conservation Area only through exchange, donation, or purchase from a willing seller. (B) MANAGEMENT- Land acquired under subparagraph (A) shall become part of the National Conservation Area. (e) Advisory Council- (1) ESTABLISHMENT- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish an advisory council, to be known as the `San Juan Islands National Conservation Area Advisory Council'. (2) MEMBERS- (A) COMPOSITION- The Advisory Council shall be composed of 7 members, to be appointed by the Secretary. (B) QUALIFICATIONS- To the maximum extent practicable, the members appointed under subparagraph (A) shall-- (i) reside in or within reasonable proximity to San Juan County, Washington; (ii) have backgrounds that reflect-- (I) the purposes for which the National Conservation Area was established; and (II) the interests of the stakeholders that are affected by the planning and management of the National Conservation Area; and (iii) be fairly balanced in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed by the Advisory Council. (3) DUTIES- The Advisory Council shall advise the Secretary with respect to the preparation and implementation of the management plan. (4) APPLICABLE LAW- The Advisory Council shall be subject to-- (A) the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.); and (B) the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.). (5) TERMINATION- The Advisory Council shall terminate on the date that is 1 year after the date on which the management plan is adopted by the Secretary. (f) Incorporation of Acquired Land and Interests- Any land acquired by the United States after the date of enactment of this Act that is located in the National Conservation Area shall-- (1) become part of the National Conservation Area; and (2) be managed in accordance with-- (A) the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); (B) this Act; and (C) any other applicable law (including regulations). (g) Withdrawal- (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to valid existing rights, all Federal land (including interests in the Federal land) located in the National Conservation Area is withdrawn from-- (A) all forms of entry, appropriation, and disposal under the public land laws; (B) location, entry, and patenting under the mining laws; and (C) operation of the mineral leasing, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws. (2) ADDITIONAL LAND- Any land acquired by the United States after the date of enactment of this Act that is located in the National Conservation Area shall be withdrawn from operation of the laws referred to in paragraph (1) on the date of acquisition of the land. (h) Effect- Nothing in this Act alters, modifies, enlarges, diminishes, or abrogates the treaty rights of any Indian tribe.
S.488 Mar-07-13
STATUS: March 7, 2013.--Introduced. S.488 Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 488 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 488 To provide for a program of research, development, demonstration, and commercial application in vehicle technologies at the Department of Energy. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 7, 2013 Ms. STABENOW introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide for a program of research, development, demonstration, and commercial application in vehicle technologies at the Department of Energy. 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 `Advanced Vehicle Technology 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. Objectives. Sec. 3. Definitions. Sec. 4. Coordination and nonduplication. TITLE I--VEHICLE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Sec. 101. Program. Sec. 102. Sensing and communications technologies. Sec. 103. Manufacturing. Sec. 104. Reporting. TITLE II--MEDIUM AND HEAVY DUTY COMMERCIAL AND TRANSIT VEHICLES Sec. 201. Program. Sec. 202. Class 8 truck and trailer systems demonstration. Sec. 203. Technology testing and metrics. Sec. 204. Nonroad systems pilot program. Sec. 205. Repeal of existing authorities. SEC. 2. OBJECTIVES. The objectives of this Act are-- (1) to reform and reorient the vehicle technologies programs of the Department; (2) to establish a clear and consistent authority for vehicle technologies programs of the Department; (3) to develop United States technologies and practices that-- (A) improve the fuel efficiency and emissions of all vehicles produced in the United States; and (B) reduce vehicle reliance on petroleum-based fuels; (4) to support domestic research, development, engineering, demonstration, and commercial application and manufacturing of advanced vehicles, engines, and components; (5) to enable vehicles to move larger volumes of goods and more passengers with less energy and emissions; (6) to develop cost-effective advanced technologies for wide-scale utilization throughout the passenger, commercial, government, and transit vehicle sectors; (7) to allow for greater consumer choice of vehicle technologies and fuels; (8) to shorten technology development and integration cycles in the vehicle industry; (9) to ensure a proper balance and diversity of Federal investment in vehicle technologies and among vehicle classes; and (10) to strengthen partnerships between Federal and State governmental agencies and the private and academic sectors. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) DEPARTMENT- The term `Department' means the Department of Energy. (2) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of Energy. SEC. 4. COORDINATION AND NONDUPLICATION. (a) Coordination- The Secretary shall ensure that activities authorized by this Act do not duplicate activities of other programs within the Department or other relevant agencies. (b) Cost-Sharing Requirement- The activities carried out under this Act shall be subject to the cost-sharing requirements of section 988 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16352). TITLE I--VEHICLE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SEC. 101. PROGRAM. (a) Activities- The Secretary shall conduct a program of basic and applied research, development, engineering, demonstration, and commercial application activities on materials, technologies, and processes with the potential to substantially reduce or eliminate petroleum use and the emissions of the Nation's passenger and commercial vehicles, including activities in the areas of-- (1) hybridization or full electrification of vehicle systems; (2) batteries, ultracapacitors, and other energy storage devices; (3) power electronics; (4) vehicle, component, and subsystem manufacturing technologies and processes; (5) engine efficiency and combustion optimization; (6) waste heat recovery; (7) transmission and drivetrains; (8) hydrogen vehicle technologies, including fuel cells and internal combustion engines, and hydrogen infrastructure; (9) compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas vehicle technologies; (10) aerodynamics, rolling resistance, and accessory power loads of vehicles and associated equipment; (11) vehicle weight reduction, including lightweighting materials; (12) friction and wear reduction; (13) engine and component durability; (14) innovative propulsion systems; (15) advanced boosting systems; (16) hydraulic hybrid technologies; (17) engine compatibility with and optimization for a variety of transportation fuels including natural gas and other liquid and gaseous fuels; (18) predictive engineering, modeling, and simulation of vehicle and transportation systems; (19) refueling and charging infrastructure for alternative fueled and electric or plug-in electric hybrid vehicles, including the unique challenges facing rural areas; (20) gaseous fuels storage systems and system integration and optimization; (21) sensing, communications, and actuation technologies for vehicle, electrical grid, and infrastructure; (22) efficient use, substitution, and recycling of potentially critical materials in vehicles, including rare earth elements and precious metals, at risk of supply disruption; (23) aftertreatment technologies; (24) thermal management of battery systems; (25) retrofitting advanced vehicle technologies to existing vehicles; (26) development of common standards, specifications, and architectures for both transportation and stationary battery applications; (27) advanced internal combustion engines; and (28) other research areas as determined by the Secretary. (b) Transformational Technology- The Secretary shall ensure that the Department continues to support research, development, engineering, demonstration, and commercial application activities and maintains competency in mid- to long-term transformational vehicle technologies with potential to achieve deep reductions in petroleum use and emissions, including activities in the areas of-- (1) hydrogen vehicle technologies, including fuel cells, internal combustion engines, hydrogen storage, infrastructure, and activities in hydrogen technology validation and safety codes and standards; (2) multiple battery chemistries and novel energy storage devices, including nonchemical batteries, ultracapacitors and electromechanical storage technologies such as hydraulics, flywheels, and compressed air storage; (3) communication, connectivity, and power flow among vehicles, infrastructure, and the electrical grid; and (4) other innovative technologies research and development, as determined by the Secretary. (c) Industry Participation- To the maximum extent practicable, activities under this Act shall be carried out in partnership or collaboration with automotive manufacturers, heavy commercial, vocational, and transit vehicle manufacturers, qualified plug-in electric vehicle manufacturers, compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas vehicle manufacturers, vehicle and engine equipment and component manufacturers, manufacturing equipment manufacturers, advanced vehicle service providers, fuel producers and energy suppliers, electric utilities, universities, national laboratories, and independent research laboratories. In carrying out this Act the Secretary shall-- (1) determine whether a wide range of companies that manufacture or assemble vehicles or components in the United States are represented in ongoing public private partnership activities, including firms that have not traditionally participated in federally sponsored research and development activities, and where possible, partner with such firms that conduct significant and relevant research and development activities in the United States; (2) leverage the capabilities and resources of, and formalize partnerships with, industry-led stakeholder organizations, nonprofit organizations, industry consortia, and trade associations with expertise in the research and development of, and education and outreach activities in, advanced automotive and commercial vehicle technologies; (3) develop more efficient processes for transferring research findings and technologies to industry; (4) give consideration to conversion of existing or former vehicle technology development or manufacturing facilities for the purposes of this Act; (5) establish and support public-private partnerships, dedicated to overcoming barriers in commercial application of transformational vehicle technologies, that utilize such industry-led technology development facilities of entities with demonstrated expertise in successfully designing and engineering pre-commercial generations of such transformational technology; and (6) promote efforts to ensure that technology research, development, engineering, and commercial application activities funded under this Act are carried out in the United States. (d) Interagency and Intraagency Coordination- To the maximum extent practicable, the Secretary shall coordinate research, development, demonstration, and commercial application activities among-- (1) relevant programs within the Department, including-- (A) the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; (B) the Office of Science; (C) the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability; (D) the Office of Fossil Energy; (E) the Advanced Research Projects Agency--Energy; and (F) other offices as determined by the Secretary; and (2) relevant technology research and development programs within the Department of Transportation and other Federal agencies, as determined by the Secretary. (e) Federal Demonstration of Technologies- The Secretary shall make information available to procurement programs of Federal agencies regarding the potential to demonstrate technologies resulting from activities funded through programs under this Act. (f) Intergovernmental Coordination- The Secretary shall seek opportunities to leverage resources and support initiatives of State and local governments in developing and promoting advanced vehicle technologies, manufacturing, and infrastructure. (g) Criteria- When awarding cost-shared grants under this program, the Secretary shall give priority to those technologies (either individually or as part of a system) that-- (1) provide the greatest aggregate fuel savings based on the reasonable projected sales volumes of the technology; and (2) provide the greatest increase in United States employment. SEC. 102. SENSING AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES. (a) In General- The Secretary, in coordination with the Secretary of Transportation and the relevant research programs of other Federal agencies, shall conduct research, development, engineering, and demonstration activities on connectivity of vehicle and transportation systems, including on sensing, computation, communication, and actuation technologies that allow for reduced fuel use, optimized traffic flow, and vehicle electrification, including technologies for-- (1) onboard vehicle, engine, and component sensing and actuation; (2) vehicle-to-vehicle sensing and communication; (3) vehicle-to-infrastructure sensing and communication; and (4) vehicle integration with the electrical grid, including communications to provide grid services. (b) Coordination- The activities carried out under this section shall supplement (and not supplant) activities under the intelligent transportation system research program of the Department of Transportation. SEC. 103. MANUFACTURING. The Secretary shall carry out a research, development, engineering, demonstration, and commercial application program of advanced vehicle manufacturing technologies and practices, including innovative processes to-- (1) increase the production rate and decrease the cost of advanced battery manufacturing; (2) vary the capability of individual manufacturing facilities to accommodate different battery chemistries and configurations; (3) reduce waste streams, emissions, and energy-intensity of vehicle, engine, advanced battery and component manufacturing processes; (4) recycle and remanufacture used batteries and other vehicle components for reuse in vehicles or stationary applications; (5) produce cost-effective lightweight materials such as advanced metal alloys, polymeric composites, and carbon fiber; (6) produce lightweight high pressure storage systems for gaseous fuels; (7) design and manufacture purpose-built hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles and components; (8) improve the calendar life and cycle life of advanced batteries; and (9) produce permanent magnets for advanced vehicles. SEC. 104. REPORTING. (a) Technologies Developed- Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act and annually thereafter through 2017, the Secretary of Energy shall transmit to Congress a report regarding the technologies developed as a result of the activities authorized by this title, with a particular emphasis on whether the technologies were successfully adopted for commercial applications, and if so, whether products relying on those technologies are manufactured in the United States. (b) Additional Matters- At the end of each fiscal year through 2017 the Secretary shall submit to the relevant Congressional committees of jurisdiction an annual report describing activities undertaken in the previous year under this title, active industry participants, efforts to recruit new participants committed to design, engineering, and manufacturing of advanced vehicle technologies in the United States, progress of the program in meeting goals and timelines, and a strategic plan for funding of activities across agencies. TITLE II--MEDIUM AND HEAVY DUTY COMMERCIAL AND TRANSIT VEHICLES SEC. 201. PROGRAM. (a) In General- The Secretary, in partnership with relevant research and development programs in other Federal agencies, and a range of appropriate industry stakeholders, shall carry out a program of cooperative research, development, demonstration, and commercial application activities on advanced technologies for medium- to heavy-duty commercial, vocational, recreational, and transit vehicles, including activities in the areas of-- (1) engine efficiency and combustion research; (2) onboard storage technologies for compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas; (3) development and integration of engine technologies designed for compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas operation of a variety of vehicle platforms; (4) waste heat recovery and conversion; (5) improved aerodynamics and tire rolling resistance; (6) energy and space-efficient emissions control systems; (7) heavy hybrid, hybrid hydraulic, plug-in hybrid, and electric platforms, and energy storage technologies; (8) drivetrain optimization; (9) friction and wear reduction; (10) engine idle and parasitic energy loss reduction; (11) electrification of accessory loads; (12) onboard sensing and communications technologies; (13) advanced lightweighting materials and vehicle designs; (14) increasing load capacity per vehicle; (15) thermal management of battery systems; (16) recharging infrastructure; (17) compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas infrastructure; (18) advanced internal combustion engines; (19) complete vehicle modeling and simulation; (20) hydrogen vehicle technologies, including fuel cells and internal combustion engines, and hydrogen infrastructure; (21) retrofitting advanced technologies onto existing truck fleets; and (22) integration of these and other advanced systems onto a single truck and trailer platform. (b) Leadership- The Secretary shall appoint a full-time Director to coordinate research, development, demonstration, and commercial application activities in medium- to heavy-duty commercial, recreational, and transit vehicle technologies. Responsibilities of the Director shall be to-- (1) improve coordination and develop consensus between government agency and industry partners, and propose new processes for program management and priority setting to better align activities and budgets among partners; (2) regularly convene workshops, site visits, demonstrations, conferences, investor forums, and other events in which information and research findings are shared among program participants and interested stakeholders; (3) develop a budget for the Department's activities with regard to the interagency program, and provide consultation and guidance on vehicle technology funding priorities across agencies; (4) determine a process for reviewing program technical goals, targets, and timetables and, where applicable, aided by life-cycle impact and cost analysis, propose revisions or elimination based on program progress, available funding, and rate of technology adoption; (5) evaluate ongoing activities of the program and recommend project modifications, including the termination of projects, where applicable; (6) recruit new industry participants to the interagency program, including truck, trailer, and component manufacturers who have not traditionally participated in federally sponsored research and technology development activities; and (7) other responsibilities as determined by the Secretary, in consultation with interagency and industry partners. (c) Reporting- At the end of each fiscal year, the Secretary shall submit to the Congress an annual report describing activities undertaken in the previous year, active industry participants, efforts to recruit new participants, progress of the program in meeting goals and timelines, and a strategic plan for funding of activities across agencies. SEC. 202. CLASS 8 TRUCK AND TRAILER SYSTEMS DEMONSTRATION. The Secretary shall conduct a competitive grant program to demonstrate the integration of multiple advanced technologies on Class 8 truck and trailer platforms with a goal of improving overall freight efficiency, as measured in tons and volume of freight hauled or other work performance-based metrics, by 50 percent, including a combination of technologies listed in section 201(a). Applicant teams may be comprised of truck and trailer manufacturers, engine and component manufacturers, fleet customers, university researchers, and other applicants as appropriate for the development and demonstration of integrated Class 8 truck and trailer systems. SEC. 203. TECHNOLOGY TESTING AND METRICS. The Secretary, in coordination with the partners of the interagency research program described in section 201(a)-- (1) shall develop standard testing procedures and technologies for evaluating the performance of advanced heavy vehicle technologies under a range of representative duty cycles and operating conditions, including for heavy hybrid propulsion systems; (2) shall evaluate heavy vehicle performance using work performance-based metrics other than those based on miles per gallon, including those based on units of volume and weight transported for freight applications, and appropriate metrics based on the work performed by nonroad systems; and (3) may construct heavy duty truck and bus testing facilities. SEC. 204. NONROAD SYSTEMS PILOT PROGRAM. The Secretary shall undertake a pilot program of research, development, demonstration, and commercial applications of technologies to improve total machine or system efficiency for nonroad mobile equipment including agricultural and construction equipment, and shall seek opportunities to transfer relevant research findings and technologies between the nonroad and on-highway equipment and vehicle sectors. SEC. 205. REPEAL OF EXISTING AUTHORITIES. (a) In General- Sections 706, 711, 712, and 933 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16051, 16061, 16062, 16233) are repealed. (b) Energy Efficiency- Section 911 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16191) is amended-- (1) in subsection (a)-- (A) in paragraph (1)(A), by striking `vehicles, buildings,' and inserting `buildings'; and (B) in paragraph (2)-- (i) by striking subparagraph (A); and (ii) by redesignating subparagraphs (B) through (E) as subparagraphs (A) through (D), respectively; and (2) in subsection (c)-- (A) by striking paragraph (3); (B) by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (3); and (C) in paragraph (3) (as so redesignated), by striking `(a)(2)(D)' and inserting `(a)(2)(C)'. (c) Energy Storage Competitiveness- Section 641 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17231) is amended-- (1) by striking subsection (j); (2) by redesignating subsections (k) through (p) as subsections (j) through (o), respectively; and (3) in subsection (o) (as so redesignated)-- (A) in paragraph (2), by striking `and;' after the semicolon at the end; (B) in paragraph (4), by inserting `and' after the semicolon at the end; (C) by striking paragraph (5); (D) by redesignating paragraph (6) as paragraph (5); and (E) in paragraph (5) (as so redesignated), by striking `subsection (k)' and inserting `subsection (j)'.
S.486 Mar-07-13
STATUS March 7, 2013.--Introduced. April 23, 2013.--Subcommittee on National Parks hearing held. April 23, 2013.--Mr. Manchin added as cosponsor. June 18, 2013.--Full committee markup; Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. September 10, 2013.--Reported to the Senate with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. S. Rept. 113-102. September 10, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 180]. S.486 Preserving Public Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 486 IS 113th CONGRESS1st Session S. 486 To authorize pedestrian and motorized vehicular access in Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMarch 7, 2013 Mr. BURR (for himself and Mrs. HAGAN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To authorize pedestrian and motorized vehicular access in Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Preserving Public Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act'. SEC. 2. REINSTATEMENT OF INTERIM MANAGEMENT STRATEGY. (a) Management- After the date of the enactment of this Act, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area shall be managed in accordance with the Interim Protected Species Management Strategy/Environmental Assessment issued by the National Park Service on June 13, 2007, for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area, North Carolina, unless the Secretary of the Interior (hereafter in this Act referred to as the `Secretary') issues a new final rule that meets the requirements set forth in section 3. (b) Restrictions- The Secretary shall not impose any additional restrictions on pedestrian or motorized vehicular access to any portion of Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area for species protection beyond those in the Interim Management Strategy, other than as specifically authorized pursuant to section 3. SEC. 3. ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS TO CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE RECREATIONAL AREA FOR SPECIES PROTECTION. (a) In General- If, based on peer-reviewed science and after public comment, the Secretary determines that additional restrictions on access to a portion of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area are necessary to protect species listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the Secretary may only restrict, by limitation, closure, buffer, or otherwise, pedestrian and motorized vehicular access for recreational activities for the shortest possible time and on the smallest possible portions of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area. (b) Limitation on Restrictions- Restrictions imposed under this section for protection of species listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) shall not be greater than the restrictions in effect for that species at any other National Seashore. (c) Corridors Around Closures- To the maximum extent possible, the Secretary shall designate pedestrian and vehicular corridors of minimal distance on the beach or interdunal area around closures implemented under this section to allow access to areas not closed. SEC. 4. INAPPLICABILITY OF FINAL RULE AND CONSENT DEGREE. (a) Final Rule- The final rule titled `Special Regulations, Areas of the National Park System, Cape Hatteras National Seashore--Off-Road Vehicle Management' (77 Fed. Reg. 3123-3144) shall have no force or effect after the date of the enactment of this Act. (b) Consent Decree- The April 30, 2008, consent decree filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina regarding off-road vehicle use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina shall not apply after the date of the enactment of this Act.
S.Res.483 Jun-24-14
STATUS: June 24, 2014.--Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. June 24, 2014.--Referred to Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. S.RES.483 Establishing a point of order against legislation selling Federal land in order to reduce the deficit. (Introduced in Senate - IS) SRES 483 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. RES. 483 Establishing a point of order against legislation selling Federal land in order to reduce the deficit. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 24, 2014 Mr. WALSH (for himself, Mr. HEINRICH, and Mr. UDALL of Colorado) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources RESOLUTION Establishing a point of order against legislation selling Federal land in order to reduce the deficit. Resolved, SECTION 1. POINT OF ORDER AGAINST SELLING FEDERAL LAND IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT. (a) In General- Except as provided in subsection (b), it shall not be in order in the Senate to consider any bill, joint resolution, amendment, motion, amendment between the houses, or conference report that sells any Federal land and uses the proceeds of the sale to reduce the Federal deficit. (b) Exception- Subsection (a) shall not apply to the sale of Federal land as part of a program that acquires land in the same State that is of comparable value or contains exceptional resources. (c) Supermajority Waiver and Appeal in the Senate- (1) WAIVER- This section may be waived or suspended only by the affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members, duly chosen and sworn. (2) APPEAL- An affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members, duly chosen and sworn, shall be required to sustain an appeal of the ruling of the Chair on a point of order raised under this section.
S.483 Mar-06-13
STATUS: March 6, 2013.--Introduced. November 20, 2013.—Subcommittee hearing held. S.Hrg. 113-342 S.483 Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 483 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 483 To designate the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area in the State of California, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 6, 2013 Mrs. BOXER introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To designate the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area in the State of California, 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 AND TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Act'. (b) Table of Contents- The table of contents for this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title and table of contents. Sec. 2. Definitions. Sec. 3. Establishment of Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area, California. Sec. 4. Access and buffer zones. Sec. 5. Management of Federal lands in conservation area. Sec. 6. Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Advisory Council. Sec. 7. Water. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) ADVISORY COUNCIL- The term `advisory council' means the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Advisory Council. (2) CONSERVATION AREA- The term `conservation area' means the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area. (3) SECRETARIES- The term `Secretaries' mean the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior acting jointly. (4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means-- (A) the Secretary of Agriculture, with respect to those conservation area lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture; and (B) the Secretary of the Interior, with respect to those conservation area lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior. (5) STATE- The term `State' means the State of California. (6) MOTOR VEHICLE USE MAPS- The term `motor vehicle use maps' means the maps produced by the Forest Service titled `Motor Vehicle Use Map, Mendocino National Forest, SOUTH MAP, California, 2008' and `Motor Vehicle Use Map, Mendocino National Forest, SOUTH CENTRAL MAP, California, 2008' and any amendments to those maps. SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF BERRYESSA SNOW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA, CALIFORNIA. (a) Establishment- Subject to valid existing rights, there is hereby established the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area in the State. (b) Purpose- The purpose of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area is to conserve, protect, and enhance for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations the ecological, scenic, wildlife, recreational, cultural, historical, natural, educational, and scientific resources of the lands included in the conservation area. (c) Area Included- The conservation area consists of approximately 349,850 acres of Federal land and interests in Federal land within Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Solano, and Yolo Counties, California, as depicted on the map entitled `Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area' and dated February 21, 2013. (d) Legal Descriptions; Corrections of Errors- (1) PREPARATION- As soon as practical after the date of enactment of this Act, but in no event later than two years after such date, the Secretaries shall prepare final maps and legal descriptions of the conservation area. (2) SUBMISSION- As soon as practicable after the preparation of the maps and legal descriptions under paragraph (1), the Secretaries shall submit the maps and legal descriptions to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate. (3) PUBLIC AVAILABILITY- The maps and legal descriptions prepared under paragraph (1) shall be available for public inspection at appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service. (4) LEGAL EFFECT- The maps and legal descriptions of the conservation area shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretaries may correct clerical and typographical errors in the maps and legal descriptions. SEC. 4. ACCESS AND BUFFER ZONES. (a) Non-Federal Lands and Interests- (1) NO REQUIREMENT OF PUBLIC ACCESS- Nothing in this Act requires a non-Federal property owner to allow public access to private property. (2) AFFECT ON OTHER LAWS- Nothing in this Act modifies any provision of Federal, State, or local law with respect to use of non-Federal land. (b) Access- The Secretary shall continue to provide historical and adequate access to private inholdings in the conservation area. (c) Buffer Zones- (1) IN GENERAL- Nothing in this Act creates a protective perimeter of buffer zone around the conservation area. (2) ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF CONSERVATION AREA- The fact that any activities or uses outside of areas designated by this Act can be seen or heard within the conservation area shall not preclude the activities or uses outside of the conservation area. SEC. 5. MANAGEMENT OF FEDERAL LANDS IN CONSERVATION AREA. (a) Basis of Management- (1) APPLICABLE LAWS- The Secretary shall manage the conservation area in a manner that conserves, protects, and enhances the natural resources and values of the conservation area, in accordance with-- (A) this Act; (B) the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) for lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management; (C) the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.); (D) the Act of June 17, 1902 (commonly known as the Reclamation Act of 1902; 32 Stat. 388) and Acts amendatory thereof and supplemental thereto; (E) other laws (including regulations) applicable to the National Forest System for land managed by the Forest Service; and (F) other applicable law (including regulations). (2) RESOLUTION OF CONFLICTS- If there is a conflict between a provision of this Act and a provision of one of the other laws specified in paragraph (1), the more restrictive provision shall control. (b) Uses- The Secretary shall allow only such uses of the conservation area as the Secretary determines would further the purposes for which the conservation area is established. (c) Tribal Cultural Uses- Nothing in this Act shall be construed to enlarge or diminish the rights of any Indian tribe. (d) Recreation- The Secretary shall continue to authorize, maintain, and enhance the recreational use of the conservation area, including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, hang gliding, sightseeing, nature study, horseback riding, rafting, mountain biking and motorized recreation on authorized routes, and other recreational activities, so long as such recreational use is consistent with the purposes of the conservation area, this section, other applicable law (including regulations), and applicable management plans. (e) Management Plan- (1) IN GENERAL- Within three years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretaries shall develop a comprehensive plan for the protection and management of the Federal lands included within the conservation area that fulfills the purposes for which the conservation area is established. In implementing the management plan and in considering any recommendations from the advisory council, the Secretaries shall consult on a regular basis. (2) PURPOSES- The management plan shall-- (A) describe the appropriate uses and management of the conservation area; (B) be developed with extensive public input; (C) take into consideration any information developed in studies of the land within the conservation area; (D) assess the impacts of climate change on the conservation area and establish policies and procedures to ensure the preservation of wildlife corridors and facilitate species migration; (E) include a comprehensive weed management strategy (including use of grazing where appropriate) to guide noxious weed control efforts and activities; (F) identify and prioritize habitat restoration opportunities and strategies within the conservation area; (G) identify opportunities to enhance recreational opportunities throughout the conservation area; (H) identify areas outside of designated wilderness where non-motorized recreation will be emphasized; (I) identify opportunities to improve fish passage and habitat quality for native fish species; (J) include a plan to address the public safety and environmental clean-up issues associated with illegal marijuana production within the conservation area; (K) identify opportunities to promote voluntary cooperative conservation projects with State, local, and private interests; and (L) take into consideration existing land uses (including grazing) on the Federal lands within the conservation area. (3) OTHER PLANS- In developing the management plan, and to the extent consistent with this section, the Secretary may incorporate any provision from a resource management plan, land and resource management plan, or any other plan applicable to the conservation area. (4) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS- In carrying out this Act, the Secretary may make grants to, or enter into cooperative agreements with, State, tribal, and local governmental entities and private entities to conduct research, develop scientific analyses, and carry out any other initiative relating to the restoration or conservation of the conservation area. (f) Fish and Wildlife- Nothing in this Act affects the jurisdiction of the State with respect to fish and wildlife located on public land in the State, except that the Secretary, after consultation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, may designate zones in the conservation area where, and periods when, hunting shall not be allowed for reasons of public safety, administration, or public use and enjoyment. (g) Motorized and Mechanized Vehicles- (1) IN GENERAL- Except where needed for administrative purposes or to respond to an emergency, the use of motorized and mechanized vehicles on lands within the conservation area shall be permitted only on roads and trails designated for their use. (2) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT- In developing the management plan required by this section, and to the extent consistent with this section, the Secretary, for lands under jurisdiction of Forest Service, shall incorporate the motor vehicle use maps. In developing the management plan (and making any subsequent amendment to the management plan), the Secretary shall explicitly analyze and document-- (A) each instance in which the requirements of this section or other applicable law makes it necessary to alter the motor vehicle use maps; and (B) the manner in which the motor vehicle use maps are consistent with the requirements of this section. (h) Incorporation of Acquired Lands and Interests- (1) AUTHORITY- The Secretary may acquire non-Federal land within the boundaries of the conservation area only through exchange, donation, or purchase from a willing seller. (2) MANAGEMENT- Any land or interest in land that is located within the conservation area that is acquired by the United States shall-- (A) become part of the conservation area; and (B) be managed in accordance with this Act. (i) Withdrawal- Subject to valid existing rights, all Federal land within the conservation area is withdrawn from-- (1) entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) leasing or disposition under all laws relating to-- (A) minerals; and (B) operation of the mineral leasing, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws. (j) Grazing- (1) IN GENERAL- Livestock grazing within the conservation area, where established before the date of enactment of this Act, shall be permitted to continue subject to all applicable laws and regulations. (2) OTHER GRAZING- Livestock grazing within the conservation area, where not established before the date of enactment of this Act, shall only be permitted to the extent that it is consistent with the purposes of the conservation area and subject to all applicable laws and regulations. (3) TARGETED GRAZING- The Secretary may issue annual targeted grazing permits for purposes of the control of noxious weeds, fire suppression, or to provide other ecological benefits consistent with the purposes of the conservation area. (k) Wildland Fire Operations- Nothing in this section prohibits the Secretary, in cooperation with other Federal, State, and local agencies, as appropriate, from conducting wildland fire operations in the conservation area, consistent with the purposes of the conservation area. (l) Horses- Subject to any terms and conditions determined to be necessary by the Secretary, nothing in this Act precludes horseback riding in, or the entry of recreational or commercial saddle or pack stock into, the conservation area where such use is consistent with the purposes of the conservation area and other applicable law (including regulations). SEC. 6. BERRYESSA SNOW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA ADVISORY COUNCIL. (a) Establishment- Not less than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretaries shall establish an advisory council, to be known as the `Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Advisory Council'. (b) Duties- The advisory council shall advise the Secretaries with respect to the preparation and implementation of the management plan for the conservation area. (c) Applicable Law- The advisory council shall be subject to-- (1) the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.); (2) the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); and (3) all other applicable law. (d) Members- The advisory council shall include 12 members, to be appointed by the Secretaries, of whom, to the extent practicable-- (1) one member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Lake County Board of Supervisors; (2) one member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Napa County Board of Supervisors; (3) one member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors; (4) one member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors; (5) one member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Solano County Board of Supervisors; (6) one member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the head of the California Resources Agency; (7) one member shall be appointed to represent Native American Tribes; (8) five members shall reside in, or within reasonable proximity to, Yolo County, Napa County, Mendocino County, Solano County, or Lake County, California, with backgrounds that reflect-- (A) the purposes for which the conservation area was established; and (B) the interest of the stakeholders that are affected by the planning and management of the conservation area including, stakeholders representing the agricultural, private land-ownership, environmental, recreational, tourism, or other non-Federal land interests. (e) Representation- The Secretaries shall ensure that the membership of the advisory council is fairly balanced in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed by the advisory council. (f) Terms- (1) STAGGERED TERMS- Members of the advisory council shall be appointed for terms of 3 years, except that, of the members first appointed, 4 of the members shall be appointed for a term of 1 year and 4 of the members shall be appointed for a term of 2 years. (2) REAPPOINTMENT- A member may be reappointed to serve on the advisory council upon the expiration of the member's current term. (3) VACANCY- A vacancy on the advisory council shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. (g) Quorum- A quorum shall be six members of the advisory council. The operations of the advisory council shall not be impaired by the fact that a member has not yet been appointed as long as a quorum has been attained. (h) Chairperson and Procedures- The advisory council shall elect a chairperson and establish such rules and procedures as it deems necessary or desirable. (i) Service Without Compensation- Members of the advisory council shall serve without pay. (j) Termination- The advisory committee shall cease to exist-- (1) on the date that is five years after the date on which the management plan is officially adopted by the Secretaries; or (2) on such later date as the Secretaries consider appropriate. SEC. 7. WATER. Nothing in this Act-- (1) affects the use or allocation, in existence on the date of enactment of this Act, of any water, water right, or interest in water; (2) affects any vested absolute or decreed conditional water right in existence on the date of enactment of this Act, including any water right held by the United States; (3) affects any interstate water compact in existence on the date of enactment of this Act; (4) authorizes or imposes any new reserved Federal water rights; (5) relinquishes or reduces any water rights reserved or appropriated by the United States in the State on or before the date of enactment of this Act; (6) impairs the ability of the Bureau of Reclamation and its managing partners to operate, maintain, or manage Monticello Dam, Lake Berryessa, and other Solano Project facilities in accordance with the purposes of such project; (7) modifies, changes, or supersedes any water contract or agreements approved or administered by the Bureau of Reclamation or Solano County Water Agency or Solano Irrigation District; or (8) affects the use of motorized or nonmotorized watercraft (including personal, commercial and recreational watercraft) on Lake Berryessa.
S.476 Mar-06-13
STATUS: March 6, 2013.--Introduced. April 23, 2013.--Subcommittee on National Park hearing held. May 16, 2013.-- Full committee markup; ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. June 27, 2013.-- Reported to Senate with an amendment in the nature of a substitute S. Rept. 113-64 June 27, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 118] July 9, 2014.--Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. July 10, 2014.--Referred to House Committee on Natural Resources. July 30, 2014.--Subcommittee hearing held. Markup held. September 15, 2014.--Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-589. September 15, 2014.--At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed. September 17, 2014.--Passed House. September 19, 2014.--Presented to President. September 26, 2014.--Became Public Law No. 113-178. S.476 To amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 476 IS 113th CONGRESS1st Session S. 476 To amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMarch 6, 2013 Mr. CARDIN (for himself and Ms. MIKULSKI) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO CANAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK COMMISSION. Section 6(g) of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act (16 U.S.C. 410y-4(g)) is amended by striking `40' and inserting `50'.
S.447 Mar-05-13
STATUS: March 5, 2013.--Introduced. April 25, 2013.--Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing held. May 16, 2013.--Full committee markup; ordered to be reported without amendment favorably. June 27, 2013.--Reported to Senate without amendment. S. Rept. 113-63. June 27, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 117]. S.447 Black Hills Cemetery Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 447 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 447 To provide for the conveyance of certain cemeteries that are located on National Forest System land in Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 5, 2013 Mr. THUNE (for himself and Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota) 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 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.
S.Res.432 May-01-14
STATUS: May 1, 2014.--Introduced S.RES.432 Recognizing the efforts of the National Park Service and others in restoring and repairing the Washington Monument. (Introduced in Senate - IS) SRES 432 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. RES. 432 Recognizing the efforts of the National Park Service and others in restoring and repairing the Washington Monument. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMay 1, 2014 Mr. WHITEHOUSE submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources RESOLUTION Recognizing the efforts of the National Park Service and others in restoring and repairing the Washington Monument. Whereas the employees of the National Park Service work tirelessly to maintain the beauty of the 401 national parks of the United States, revitalize communities, preserve local history, celebrate local heritage, and create outdoor recreation for children and families; Whereas the Washington Monument was built between 1848 and 1884 to commemorate George Washington, the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States; Whereas the Washington Monument is a symbol of unity and freedom in the United States and is the distinguishing feature of the skyline in Washington, DC; Whereas the Washington Monument is admired by more than 25,000,000 individuals who visit The National Mall each year; Whereas the Washington Monument was closed for over 2 1/2 years for necessary repairs after being damaged by an earthquake in 2011; Whereas engineers examined each of the 9,040 marble stones on the exterior of the Washington Monument and many of the more than 10,000 granite stones on the interior of the monument to ensure that the repair of the monument was sound and complete; Whereas during the rehabilitation, the Washington Monument was covered with scaffolding, markedly altering its appearance; Whereas although the Washington Monument was closed during rehabilitation, the 488 lights on the scaffolding of the monument illuminated the night sky of the United States capital and provided visitors and residents with a sight of unexpected beauty; and Whereas the repair of the Washington Monument would not have been possible without the vision and dedication of the National Park Service, contractors of the National Park Service, and generous philanthropic support: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) pays tribute to the National Park Service, contractors of the National Park Service, and all individuals who contributed to the restoration of the Washington Monument; and (2) calls on the people of the United States to recognize the hard work of the National Park Service in preserving the monuments of the United States.
H.Res.412 Jan-23-13
STATUS January 23, 2013.--Introduced in House July 22, 2013.--Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-166. June 23, 2014.--Passed as amended Agreed to by voice vote. June 24, 2014.--Referred to Senate committee on Energy and Natural Resources. July 23, 2014.--Hearing by subcommittee. H.R.412 Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Act (Engrossed in House [Passed House] - EH) HR 412 EH 113th CONGRESS2d Session H. R. 412AN ACT To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the mainstem of the Nashua River and its tributaries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers 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 `Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Act'. SEC. 2. DESIGNATION FOR STUDY. Section 5(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1276(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following: `( XXX ) NASHUA RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS- (A) The approximately 19-mile segment of the mainstem of the Nashua River from the confluence of the North and South Nashua Rivers in Lancaster, Massachusetts, north to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire State line, except the approximately 4.8-mile segment of the mainstem of the Nashua River from the Route 119 bridge in Groton, Massachusetts, downstream to its confluence with the Nissitissit River in Pepperell, Massachusetts. `(B) The 10-mile segment of the Squannacook River from its headwaters at Ash Swamp downstream to its confluence with the Nashua River in Shirley/Ayer, Massachusetts. `(C) The 3.5-mile segment of the Nissitissit River from the Massachusetts/New Hampshire State line downstream to its confluence with the Nashua River in Pepperell, Massachusetts.'. SEC. 3. STUDY AND REPORT. Section 5(b) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1276(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following: `( XX ) STUDY AND REPORT- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this paragraph, the Secretary of the Interior shall complete the study of the Nashua River in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as described in subsection (a)( XXX ), and submit a report describing the results of that study to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate.'. SEC. 4. REPORT REQUIREMENTS. The report required under section 3 of this Act shall-- (1) include a discussion of the effect of the designation of the area to be studied under this Act under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act on-- (A) existing commercial and recreational activities, such as hunting, fishing, trapping, recreational shooting, motor boat use, or bridge construction; (B) the authorization, construction, operation, maintenance, or improvement of energy production and transmission infrastructure; and (C) the authority of State and local governments to manage those activities encompassed in subparagraphs (A) and (B); and (2) identify-- (A) all authorities that will authorize or require the Secretary of the Interior to influence local land use decisions (such as zoning) or place restrictions on non-Federal land if the area studied under this Act is designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act; (B) all authorities that the Secretary of the Interior may use to condemn property if the area studied under this Act is designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act; and (C) all private property located in the area to be studied under this Act. Passed the House of Representatives June 23, 2014. Attest: Clerk. 113th CONGRESS2d SessionH. R. 412AN ACT To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the mainstem of the Nashua River and its tributaries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and for other purposes.
S.404 Feb-28-13
STATUS: February 28, 2013.--Introduced. July 30, 2013.--Hearing by Subcommittee December 19, 2013.--Ordered to be reported with an amendment favorably. March 31, 2014.--Reported to Senate with amendment. S. Rept. No. 113-140. March 31, 2014.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar. [Calendar No. 338.] April 3, 2014.--Passed Senate: Passed with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. April 7, 2014.--Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. April 9, 2014.--Sent to President. April 15, 2014.--Signed by President. April 15, 2014.—Approved. Public Law No. 113-99 S.404 Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 404 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 404 To preserve the Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES February 28, 2013 Mrs. MURRAY (for herself and Ms. CANTWELL) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To preserve the Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. 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 `Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act'. SEC. 2. CLARIFICATION OF LEGAL AUTHORITY OF GREEN MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT. (a) Legal Authority of Lookout- Section 4(b) of the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984 (Public Law 98-339; 98 Stat. 300; 16 U.S.C. 1131 note) is amended by striking the period at the end and inserting the following: `, and except that with respect to the lands described in section 3(5), the designation of such lands as a wilderness area shall not preclude the operation and maintenance of Green Mountain Lookout.' (b) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984. SEC. 3. PRESERVATION OF GREEN MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT LOCATION. The Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service, may not move Green Mountain Lookout from its current location on Green Mountain in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest unless the Secretary determines that moving Green Mountain Lookout is necessary to preserve the Lookout or to ensure the safety of individuals on or around Green Mountain. If the Secretary makes such a determination, the Secretary shall move the Green Mountain Lookout to a location outside of the lands described in section 3(5) of the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984 and designated as a wilderness area in section 4(b) of such Act.