IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 30, 2022
Mr. Casey (for himself and Mr. Braun) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To amend the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to make certain activities eligible for grants from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Safeguarding Treatment for the Restoration of Ecosystems from Abandoned Mines Act or the
Activities eligible for grants from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund
Section 40701(c) of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (30 U.S.C. 1231a(c)) is amended—
Grants under and inserting the following:
Except as provided in paragraph (2), grants under
by adding at the end the following:
Acid mine drainage abatement and treatment
Not more than 30 percent of the total amount of a grant made annually under subsection (b)(1) may be retained by the recipient of the grant, if those amounts are deposited into an acid mine drainage abatement and treatment fund established under State law, from which amounts (together with all interest earned on the amounts) are expended by the State for the abatement of the causes and the treatment of the effects of acid mine drainage resulting from coal mining practices, including for the costs of building, operating, maintaining, and rehabilitating acid mine drainage treatment systems.
Each recipient of a grant under subsection (b)(1) that deposits grant amounts into an acid mine drainage abatement and treatment fund under subparagraph (A) shall—
offer amendments to the inventory maintained under section 403(c) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1233(c)) to reflect the use of the amounts for acid mine drainage abatement and treatment; and
include in the annual grant report of the recipient information on the status and balance of amounts in the acid mine drainage abatement and treatment fund.
Amounts retained under subparagraph (A) shall not be subject to—
subsection (d)(4)(B); or
any other limitation on the length of the term of an annual grant under subsection (b)(1).