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S.222: 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 and acid mine remediation programs.

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about public lands and natural resources
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Sponsor Tom Udall, D-N.M.
Total Cosponsors 3 (All Democrats)
Introduced Feb. 4, 2013
Latest Major Action April 22, 2013
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Bill Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

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 completion of their abandoned coal mine reclamation work to the Secretary of the Interior.)

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
April 22, 2013 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 51.
April 22, 2013 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Reported by Senator Wyden without amendment. With written report No. 113-20.
March 14, 2013 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
Feb. 4, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.