Summary: H.R.4362 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (10/21/1988)

(Measure passed Senate, amended)

Recreation and Public Purposes Amendment Act of 1988 - Allows the Secretary of the Interior to convey lands which may be used by the applicant for the disposal of solid wastes or hazardous substances subject to the following conditions: (1) the Secretary determines that no hazardous substance is present on such land; (2) the applicant furnishes evidence that a copy of the application and information concerning the proposed use of such land has been provided to the Environmental Protection Agency and certain other State and Federal agencies; (3) the applicant gives a warranty that use of such land will be consistent with applicable State and Federal laws and that the applicant will hold the United States harmless from any liability; and (4) the applicant demonstrates that the land meets applicable State and local requirements and needs for solid waste or hazardous substance disposal.

Provides that such lands shall revert to the United States unless the lands have been used for the purposes specified in the application or other authorized uses within five years after the date of conveyance.

Requires any party who has transferred ownership of any conveyed lands not used for such specified purposes to pay to the Secretary fair market value for such lands.

Provides that no lands covered by an issued patent shall revert to the United States if such lands have been used for the disposal of solid waste or hazardous substances.

Authorizes the Secretary, with respect to lands conveyed prior to enactment of this Act, to renounce the United States' reversionary interests in such lands upon finding that such lands have been used for the disposal of solid waste or hazardous substances.

Authorizes the Secretary, with respect to lands leased prior to enactment of this Act, to convey in fee such leased lands without any provision for reversion to the United States upon finding that such lands have been used for the disposal of solid waste or hazardous substances.

Prohibits the Secretary from making any conveyance of land or renunciation of reversionary interests under this Act until: (1) 60 days after regulations implementing this Act have been submitted to specified House and Senate committees; and (2) 30 days after notice of intention to make such conveyance or renunciation has been submitted to specified House and Senate committees, during the first three years after enactment of this Act.