IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 2 (legislative day, March 1), 2021
Ms. Murkowski introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs
To convey land in Anchorage, Alaska, to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act of 2021.
Conveyance of property to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Conveyance of property
As soon as practicable, but not later than 2 years, after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (referred to in this Act as the
Secretary) shall convey to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium located in Anchorage, Alaska (referred to in this section as the
Consortium), all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the property described in subsection (b) for use in connection with health programs.
The conveyance of the property under paragraph (1)—
shall be made by warranty deed; and
require any consideration from the Consortium for the property;
impose any obligation, term, or condition on the Consortium; or
allow for any reversionary interest of the United States in the property.
Effect on any quitclaim deed
The conveyance by the Secretary of title by warranty deed under paragraph (1) shall, on the effective date of the conveyance, supersede and render of no future effect any quitclaim deed to the property described in subsection (b) executed by the Secretary and the Consortium.
The property referred to in subsection (a), including all land, improvements, and appurtenances, is—
Lot 1A in Block 31A, East Addition, Anchorage Townsite, United States Survey No. 408, Plat No. 96–117, recorded on November 22, 1996, in the Anchorage Recording District; and
Block 32C, East Addition, Anchorage Townsite, United States Survey No. 408, Plat No. 96–118, recorded on November 22, 1996, in the Anchorage Recording District.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law—
the Consortium shall not be liable for any soil, surface water, groundwater, or other contamination resulting from the disposal, release, or presence of any environmental contamination on any portion of the property described in subsection (b) that occurred on or before the date on which the property is conveyed to the Consortium under subsection (a)(1); and
the Secretary shall not be liable for any soil, surface water, groundwater, or other contamination resulting from the disposal, release, or presence of any environmental contamination on any portion of the property described in subsection (b) that occurred after the date on which the Consortium controlled, occupied, and used the property.
An environmental contamination described in subparagraph (A) includes any oil or petroleum products, hazardous substances, hazardous materials, hazardous waste, pollutants, toxic substances, solid waste, or any other environmental contamination or hazard as defined in any Federal or State of Alaska law.
The Secretary shall be accorded any easement or access to the property conveyed under subsection (a)(1) as may be reasonably necessary to satisfy any retained obligation or liability of the Secretary.
Notice of hazardous substance activity and warranty
In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall comply with subparagraphs (A) and (B) of section 120(h)(3) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (42 U.S.C. 9620(h)(3)).