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H.R.488: 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.

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about public lands and natural resources
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Sponsor Steve Pearce, R-N.M.
Total Cosponsors 1 (All Democrats)
Introduced Feb. 4, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 8, 2013
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Bill Summary

Amends the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, with respect to the allocation of surface mining reclamation funds to states and Indian tribes, to authorize uncertified states and Indian tribes to use certain unexpended and unappropriated balance amounts for: (1) acid mine drainage abatement and treatment, and (2) noncoal abandoned mine land reclamation.

Modifies limitations placed upon the allocation of such surface mining reclamation funds to provide for payments for filling voids and sealing tunnels and entryways of noncoal mines as well as coal mines.

("Uncertified states and Indian tribes" are those which have not certified to the Secretary of the Interior completion of their abandoned coal mine reclamation work.)

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 8, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.
Feb. 4, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.