Department of the Interior
Makes appropriations for FY2013 to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for:
(1) land and resource management;
(2) land acquisition;
(3) Oregon and California grant lands;
(4) range improvements;
(5) service charges, deposits, and forfeitures with respect to public lands; and
(6) miscellaneous trust funds.
Appropriates funds for FY2013 to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for:
(1) resource management;
(3) land acquisition;
(4) expenses related to state conservation programs under the Endangered Species Act of 1973;
(5) the National Wildlife Refuge Fund;
(6) expenses related to carrying out the North American Wetlands Conservation Act;
(7) expenses related to carrying out the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act;
(8) expenses related to carrying out, through the Multinational Species Conservation Fund, the African Elephant Conservation Act, the Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997, the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994, the Great Ape Conservation Act of 2000, and the Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004; and
(9) wildlife conservation grants to states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and Indian tribes.
Makes appropriations for FY2013 to the National Park Service (NPS) (including transfer of funds) for:
(1) the National Park System,
(2) expenses for national recreation and preservation programs,
(3) expenses related to carrying out the National Historic Preservation Act,
(4) construction, and
(5) land acquisition and state assistance from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Rescinds specified contract authority to obligate funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for FY2013. Makes appropriations for FY2013 to:
(1) the U.S. Geological Survey for surveys, investigations, and research;
(2) the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for ocean energy management (including expenses related to promoting volunteer beach and marine cleanup activities);
(3) the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement for offshore safety and environmental enforcement and oil spill research;
(4) the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement for regulation and technology and the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund;
(5) the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) for operation of Indian programs, (including transfer of funds), construction (including transfer of funds), Indian land and water claim settlements and miscellaneous payments to Indians, and for Indian guaranteed loans;
(6) the Office of the Secretary for departmental offices;
(7) provide assistance to U.S. territories (including transfer of funds) and to carry out the Compacts of Free Association with respect to the Marshall Islands, Palau, and Micronesia;
(8) the Office of the Solicitor;
(9) the Office of Inspector General;
(10) provide for the operation of trust programs for Indians (including transfers of funds);
(11) wildland fire management, including for wildfire suppression to support federal emergency response actions (including transfers of funds);
(12) the FLAME Wildfire Suppression Reserve Fund for necessary expenses for large fire suppression operations and as a reserve fund for suppression and federal emergency response activities (including a transfer of funds);
(13) the Central Hazardous Materials Fund for expenses of the Department of the Interior and its component offices and bureaus for response action, including associated activities, performed pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA); and
(14) the Department of the Interior for natural resource damage assessment and restoration.
Declares that, for FY2013, not less than 50% of the inspection fees collected by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement will be used to fund personnel and mission-related costs to expand capacity and expedite the development, subject to environmental safeguards, of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, including the review of applications for permits to drill.
Authorizes the use of funds under title IV of P.L. 95-87 (Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977) for any required non-federal share of the cost of projects funded by the federal government for the purpose of environmental restoration related to the treatment or abatement of acid mine drainage from abandoned mines.
States that such projects must be consistent with such Act's purposes and priorities.
Makes funds appropriated under the heading Wildland Fire Management made available for assistance to or through the Department of State in connection with forest and rangeland assistance in foreign countries available to support forestry, wildland fire management, and related natural resource activities outside of the United States and U.S. territories and possessions.
Sets forth authorized and prohibited uses of specified funds.
Authorizes appropriations to the Department of the Interior for:
(1) remedial actions under CERCLA; and
(2) natural resource damage assessment and restoration activities to carry out CERCLA activities, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act), the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, and provisions concerning managing certain National Park System resources.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior, in in FY2013, to collect a nonrefundable inspection fee from operators of facilities subject to inspection under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. Requires such fee to be deposited in the Offshore Safety and Environmental Enforcement account.
Requires annual fees to be collected, as prescribed by this section, for facilities that are above the waterline, excluding drilling rigs, and that are in place at the start of FY2013. Requires fees for drilling rigs to be assessed, as prescribed by this section, for all inspections completed in FY2013.
Grants the Secretary of the Interior the authority to implement an oil and gas leasing Internet program, under which lease sales may be conducted through methods other than oral bidding.
Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior, in order to implement a reorganization of the BOEMRE, to establish accounts and transfer funds among and between its successor offices and bureaus affected by such reorganization only in conformance with the reprogramming guidelines in the report accompanying this Act.
Requires, beginning July 1, 2008, any funds (except for construction funds) held by a P.L. 100-297 tribally controlled grant school or a P.L. 93-638 tribally controlled contract school, upon retrocession to or re-assumption by the BIE, to remain available for a five-year period for the benefit of the programs approved for such a school on October 1, 1995.
Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into certain multiyear cooperative agreements with nonprofits and other appropriate entities, and certain multiyear contracts for the long-term care and maintenance of excess wild free roaming horses and burros by nonprofits and other appropriate entities on private lands. Limits such an agreement or contract to ten years, subject to renewal at the discretion of the Secretary.
Directs the USFWS, in carrying out responsibilities to protect threatened and endangered species of salmon, to implement a system of mass marketing of salmonid stocks, intended for harvest, that are released from federally operated or financed hatcheries.
Allows, beginning in FY2014, a person to bring a civil action challenging a decision of the BLM concerning grazing on public lands only if the person has exhausted the administrative hearings and appeals procedures established by the Department of the Interior, including having filed a timely appeal and a request for a stay. Permits consideration of an issue in the judicial review of such decision only if such issue was raised in such administrative review process.
Prohibits, during FY2013-FY2014, the trailing of livestock across public lands and the implementation of trailing practices by the BLM from being subject to review under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). Prohibits trailing or crossing authorizations across public lands from being subject to protest or appeal under specified federal regulations.
Prohibits funds under this Act, or any other Act, from being used to implement, administer, or enforce Secretarial Order No. 3310 issued by the Secretary of the Interior on December 22, 2010, relating to the protection of wilderness characteristics on public lands under the management of the BLM.
Amends the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 to require the holders of unpatented lode mining claims, mill sites, or tunnel sites located pursuant to U.S. mining laws before August 10, 1993, to annually pay to the Secretary of the Interior a claim maintenance fee of $100 per claim or site.
Amends the Indian Law Enforcement Reform Act to extend by one year the deadline for when the Indian Law and Order Commission must report to the President and Congress on the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the Commission concerning a comprehensive study of law enforcement and criminal justice in tribal communities.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior, before the end of a 60-day period beginning on enactment of this Act, to issue a final rule pertaining to the proposed rule by the USFWS published on October 5, 2011, with respect to the removal of the gray wolf in Wyoming from the federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife and the removal of Wyoming's wolf population as an experimental population.
Extends, through FY2014, the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to make grants or provide assistance for the:
(1) National Coal Heritage Area,
(2) Tennessee Civil War Heritage Area,
(3) Augusta Canal National Heritage Area,
(4) Steel Industry Heritage Project,
(5) Essex National Heritage Area,
(6) South Carolina National Heritage Corridor,
(7) America's Agricultural Heritage Partnership,
(8) Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor, and
(9) Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Extends the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission through FY2020. Amends the Delaware and Lehigh Navigation Canal Heritage Corridor Act of 1988 to:
(1) extend through FY2014 the authorization of appropriations for the management action plan respecting the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor in Pennsylvania, and
(2) extend the authority of the Secretary to provide financial assistance for the Corridor through FY2014. Amends the Lackawanna Valley National Heritage Area Act of 2000 to extend, through FY2014, the authority of the Secretary to provide grants or other assistance for the Lackawanna Valley National Heritage Area in Pennsylvania.
Allows, for FY2013-FY2014, the use of funds under this title for the BLM and the BIA by the Secretary of the Interior to establish higher minimum rates of basic pay for employees of the Department of the Interior to carry out the inspection and regulation of onshore oil and gas operations on public lands in the Petroleum Engineer and the Petroleum Engineering Technician job series at rates no greater than 25% above the minimum rates of basic pay normally scheduled.