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H.R. 488 (113th): To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to clarify that uncertified States and Indian tribes have the authority to use certain payments for certain noncoal reclamation projects.

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 4, 2013 (Introduced).


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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 488

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 4, 2013

(for himself and Mr. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to clarify that uncertified States and Indian tribes have the authority to use certain payments for certain noncoal reclamation projects.

1.

Abandoned mine reclamation

(a)

Reclamation fee

Section 402(g)(6)(A) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1232(g)(6)(A)) is amended by inserting and section 411(h)(1) after paragraphs (1) and (5).

(b)

Filling voids and sealing tunnels

Section 409(b) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1239(b)) is amended by inserting and section 411(h)(1) after section 402(g) .

(c)

Use of funds

Section 411(h)(1)(D)(ii) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1240a(h)(1)(D)(ii)) is amended by striking section 403 and inserting section 402(g)(6), 403, or 409 .