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Text of the Wildfire Suppression Aircraft Transfer Act of 1996

This bill was introduced on September 18, 1996, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 18, 1996 (Introduced).

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HR 4108 IH


2d Session

H. R. 4108

To authorize the sale of excess Department of Defense aircraft to facilitate the suppression of wildfire.


September 18, 1996

Mr. RICHARDSON (for himself, Mr. SCHIFF, Mr. CRAPO, and Ms. FURSE), introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, and National Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To authorize the sale of excess Department of Defense aircraft to facilitate the suppression of wildfire.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the ‘Wildfire Suppression Aircraft Transfer Act of 1996’.


    (a) AUTHORITY- (1) Notwithstanding section 202 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C. 483) and subject to subsections (b) and (c), the Secretary of Defense may sell the aircraft and aircraft parts referred to in paragraph (2) to persons or entities that contract with the Federal Government for the delivery of fire retardant by air in order to suppress wildfire.

    (2) Paragraph (1) applies to aircraft and aircraft parts of the Department of Defense that are--

      (A) excess to the Department; and

      (B) acceptable for commercial sale.

    (b) CONDITION OF SALE- Aircraft and aircraft parts sold under subsection (a) may be used only for the provision of airtanker services for wildfire suppression purposes.

    (c) CERTIFICATION OF PERSONS AND ENTITIES- The Secretary of Defense may sell aircraft and aircraft parts to a person or entity under subsection (a) only if the Secretary of Agriculture certifies to the Secretary of Defense, in writing, before the sale that the person or entity is capable of meeting the terms and conditions of a contract to deliver fire retardant by air.

    (d) ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS- The Secretary of Defense may require such terms and conditions in connection with each sale of aircraft and aircraft parts under this section as the Secretary considers appropriate for such sale. Such terms and conditions shall meet the requirements of regulations prescribed by the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, the Administrator of General Services, and the heads of such other agencies as the Secretary of Defense considers appropriate. The Secretary of Defense shall prescribe such regulations as soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act.

    (e) CONSTRUCTION- Nothing in this section may be construed as affecting the authority of the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration under any other provision of law.