Text of the A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to modify the definition of the term “renewable biomass”.

This bill was introduced on March 5, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 5, 2009 (Introduced).

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1st Session

S. 536


March 5, 2009

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works


To amend the Clean Air Act to modify the definition of the term renewable biomass.


Renewable biomass


Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that Congress should seek to establish a consistent definition for the term renewable biomass.


Renewable biomass

Section 211(o)(1)(I) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7545(o)(1)(I)) is amended—


by redesignating clauses (v) through (vii) as clauses (vi) through (viii), respectively;


by inserting after clause (iv) the following:


Slash and precommercial sized thinnings harvested—


in environmentally sustainable quantities, as determined by the appropriate Federal land manager; and


from National Forest System land or public land (as defined in section 103 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1702), other than—


components of the National Wilderness Preservation System;


wilderness study areas;


inventoried roadless areas and all unroaded areas of at least 5,000 acres;


old growth stands;


components of the National Landscape Conservation System; and


national monuments.

; and


by striking clause (vi) (as redesignated by paragraph (1)) and inserting the following:


Biomass obtained on land in any ownership from the immediate vicinity of any building, camp, or public infrastructure facility (including roads), at risk from wildfire.