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H.R. 6299: Nevada Lands Bill Technical Corrections Act of 2018

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 29, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6299

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 29, 2018

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 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

A BILL

To modify the process of the Secretary of the Interior for examining certain mining claims on Federal lands in Storey County, Nevada, to facilitate certain pinyon-juniper-related projects in Lincoln County, Nevada, to modify the boundaries of certain wilderness areas in the State of Nevada, to fully implement the White Pine County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Nevada Lands Bill Technical Corrections Act of 2018.

2.

Amendment to conveyance of Federal land in Storey County, Nevada

Section 3009(d) of the Carl Levin and Howard P. McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (128 Stat. 3751) is amended as follows:

(1)

In paragraph (1)—

(A)

by striking subparagraphs (B) through and (D) and redesignating subparagraph (E) as subparagraph (B); and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(C)

Subject Federal land

The term subject Federal land means the land generally described as Federal Land on the map titled Storey County Land Conveyance and dated May 22, 2018.

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(2)

In paragraph (2)—

(A)

by striking subparagraph (A) and redesignating subparagraphs (B) through (E) as subparagraphs (A) through (D), respectively;

(B)

by amending subparagraph (A), as so redesignated, to read as follows:

(A)

Determination of validity

With respect to an unpatented mining claim (including an unpatented mining claim for which a patent application has been filed) within the boundaries of the subject Federal land, if the Secretary determines that the elements of a contest are present, the Secretary shall immediately determine the validity of the mining claim.

; and

(C)

by striking subparagraph (B) each place it appears and inserting subparagraph (A).

(3)

In paragraph (3)(A)(i), by striking paragraph (2)(B) and inserting paragraph (2)(A).

(4)

By amending paragraph (7) to read as follows:

(7)

Survey

The exterior boundary of the subject Federal land to be conveyed by the United States under paragraph (3) shall be sufficiently surveyed as a whole to legally describe the land for patent conveyance.

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(5)

In paragraph (8), by striking paragraph (2)(B) and inserting paragraph (2)(A).

(6)

By striking a mining townsite each place it appears and inserting the subject Federal land.

(7)

By striking the mining townsite each place it appears and inserting the subject Federal land.

(8)

By striking paragraph (10).

(9)

By adding at the end the following:

(10)

Availability of map

The Secretary shall keep the map titled Storey County Land Conveyance and dated May 22, 2018, on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management.

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3.

ZIP code designation

Not later than 270 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Postal Service shall designate a single, unique ZIP Code applicable to the area encompassing only Storey County, Nevada.

4.

Facilitation of pinyon-juniper-related projects in Lincoln County, Nevada

(a)

Facilitation of Pinyon-Juniper-Related projects

(1)

Availability of special account under Lincoln County Land Act of 2000

Section 5(b) of the Lincoln County Land Act of 2000 (Public Law 106–298; 114 Stat. 1048) is amended—

(A)

in paragraph (1)—

(i)

in subparagraph (B), by inserting and implementation after development; and

(ii)

in subparagraph (C)—

(I)

in clause (i), by striking ; and at the end and inserting a semicolon; and

(II)

by adding at the end the following:

(iii)

development and implementation of comprehensive, cost-effective, and multijurisdictional hazardous fuels reduction projects and wildfire prevention planning activities, particularly for pinyon-juniper-dominated landscapes, and other rangeland and woodland restoration projects within the County, consistent with the Ely Resource Management Plan or any subsequent revisions or amendments to that plan; and

; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(3)

Cooperative agreements

The Director of the Bureau of Land Management shall enter into cooperative agreements with the County for law enforcement and planning-related activities provided by the County and approved by the Secretary, regarding—

(A)

wilderness in the County designated by the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 (Public Law 108–424; 118 Stat. 2403);

(B)

cultural resources identified, protected, and managed pursuant to that Act;

(C)

planning, management, and law enforcement associated with the Silver State OHV Trail designated by that Act; and

(D)

planning associated with land disposal and related land-use authorizations required for utility corridors and rights-of-way to serve land that has been, or is to be, disposed of pursuant to that Act (other than rights-of-way granted pursuant to that Act) and this Act.

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(2)

Availability of special account under Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004

Section 103 of the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 (Public Law 108–424; 118 Stat. 2405) is amended—

(A)

in subsection (b)(3)—

(i)

in subparagraph (E), by striking ; and at the end and inserting a semicolon;

(ii)

in subparagraph (F), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(iii)

by adding at the end the following:

(G)

development and implementation of comprehensive, cost-effective, and multijurisdictional hazardous fuels reduction projects and wildfire prevention planning activities, particularly for pinyon-juniper-dominated landscapes, and other rangeland and woodland restoration projects within the County, consistent with the Ely Resource Management Plan or any subsequent revisions or amendments to that plan.

; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(d)

Cooperative agreements

The Director of the Bureau of Land Management shall enter into cooperative agreements with the County for law enforcement and planning-related activities provided by the County and approved by the Secretary regarding—

(1)

wilderness in the County designated by this Act;

(2)

cultural resources identified, protected, and managed pursuant to this Act;

(3)

planning, management, and law enforcement associated with the Silver State OHV Trail designated by this Act; and

(4)

planning associated with land disposal and related land-use authorizations required for utility corridors and rights-of-way to serve land that has been, or is to be, disposed of pursuant to this Act (other than rights-of-way granted pursuant to this Act) and the Lincoln County Land Act of 2000 (Public Law 106–298; 114 Stat. 1046).

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(b)

Disposition of proceeds

(1)

Disposition of proceeds under Lincoln County Land Act of 2000

Section 5(a)(2) of the Lincoln County Land Act of 2000 (Public Law 106–298; 114 Stat. 1047) is amended by inserting and economic development after schools.

(2)

Disposition of proceeds under Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004

Section 103(b)(2) of the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 (Public Law 108–424; 118 Stat. 2405) is amended by striking and transportation and inserting transportation, and economic development.

(c)

Modification of utility corridor

The Secretary of the Interior shall realign the utility corridor established by section 301(a) of the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 (Public Law 108–424; 118 Stat. 2412) to be aligned as generally depicted on the map titled Proposed LCCRDA Utility Corridor Realignment and dated March 14, 2017, by modifying the map titled Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act (referred to in this subsection as the Map) and dated October 1, 2004, by—

(1)

removing the utility corridor from sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, and 15, T. 7 N., R. 68 E., of the Map; and

(2)

redesignating the utility corridor so as to appear on the Map in—

(A)

sections 31, 32, and 33, T. 8 N., R. 68 E.;

(B)

sections 4, 5, 6, and 7, T. 7 N., R. 68 E.; and

(C)

sections 1 and 12, T. 7 N., 67 E.

(d)

Final corrective patent in Clark County, Nevada

(1)

Validation of patent

Patent number 27–2005–0081, issued by the Bureau of Land Management on February 18, 2005, is affirmed and validated as having been issued pursuant to, and in compliance with, the Nevada-Florida Land Exchange Authorization Act of 1988 (Public Law 100–275; 102 Stat. 52), the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) for the benefit of the desert tortoise, other species, and the habitat of the desert tortoise and other species to increase the likelihood of the recovery of the desert tortoise and other species.

(2)

Ratification of reconfiguration

The process used by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management in reconfiguring the land described in paragraph (1), as depicted on Exhibit 1–4 of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned Development Project MSHCP, Lincoln County, NV (FWS–R8–ES–2008–N0136), and the reconfiguration provided for in special condition 10 of the Corps of Engineers Permit No. 000005042, are ratified.

(e)

Issuance of corrective patent in Lincoln County, Nevada

(1)

In general

The Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, may issue a corrective patent for the 7,548 acres of land in Lincoln County, Nevada, depicted on the map prepared by the Bureau of Land Management titled Proposed Lincoln County Land Reconfiguration and dated January 28, 2016.

(2)

Applicable law

A corrective patent issued under paragraph (1) shall be treated as issued pursuant to, and in compliance with, the Nevada-Florida Land Exchange Authorization Act of 1988 (Public Law 100–275; 102 Stat. 52).

5.

Mt. Moriah Wilderness, High Schells Wilderness, and Arc Dome Wilderness boundary adjustments

(a)

Amendments to the Pam White Wilderness Act of 2006

Section 323 of the Pam White Wilderness Act of 2006 (16 U.S.C. 1132 note; 120 Stat. 3031) is amended by striking subsection (e) and inserting the following:

(e)

Mt. Moriah Wilderness adjustment

The boundary of the Mt. Moriah Wilderness established under section 2(13) of the Nevada Wilderness Protection Act of 1989 (16 U.S.C. 1132 note) is adjusted to include—

(1)

the land identified as the Mount Moriah Wilderness Area and Mount Moriah Additions on the map titled Eastern White Pine County and dated November 29, 2006; and

(2)

the land identified as NFS Lands on the map titled Proposed Wilderness Boundary Adjustment Mt. Moriah Wilderness Area and dated January 17, 2017.

(f)

High Schells Wilderness adjustment

The boundary of the High Schells Wilderness established under subsection (a)(11) is adjusted—

(1)

to include the land identified as Include as Wilderness on the map titled McCoy Creek Adjustment and dated November 3, 2014; and

(2)

to exclude the land identified as NFS Lands on the map titled Proposed Wilderness Boundary Adjustment High Schells Wilderness Area and dated January 19, 2017.

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(b)

Amendments to the Nevada Wilderness Protection Act of 1989

The Nevada Wilderness Protection Act of 1989 (16 U.S.C. 1132 note) is amended by adding at the end the following:

12.

Arc Dome Boundary adjustment

The boundary of the Arc Dome Wilderness established under section 2(2) is adjusted to exclude the land identified as Exclude from Wilderness on the map titled Arc Dome Adjustment and dated November 3, 2014.

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6.

Implementation of White Pine County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act

(a)

Disposition of proceeds

Section 312 of the White Pine County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2006 (Public Law 109–432; 120 Stat. 3030) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (2), by striking and planning and inserting municipal water and sewer infrastructure, public electric transmission facilities, public broadband infrastructure, and planning; and

(2)

in paragraph (3)—

(A)

in subparagraph (G), by striking ; and and inserting a semicolon;

(B)

in subparagraph (H), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following:

(I)

processing by a government entity of public land-use authorizations and rights-of-way relating to the development of land conveyed to the County under this Act, with an emphasis on authorizations and rights-of-way relating to any infrastructure needed for the expansion of the White Pine County Industrial Park under section 352(c)(2).

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(b)

Conveyance to White Pine County, Nevada

Section 352 of the White Pine County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2006 (Public Law 109–432; 120 Stat. 3039) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a), by inserting not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of the Nevada Lands Bill Technical Corrections Act of 2018 before the Secretary;

(2)

in subsection (c)(3)(B)(i), by striking through a competitive bidding process and inserting consistent with section 244 of the Nevada Revised Statutes (as in effect on the date of enactment of the Eastern Nevada Economic Development and Land Management Improvement Act); and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(e)

Deadline

If the Secretary has not conveyed to the County the parcels of land described in subsection (b) by the date that is 120 days after the date of the enactment of the Nevada Lands Bill Technical Corrections Act of 2018, the Secretary shall convey to the County, without consideration, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the parcels of land.

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