Summary: S.399 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (10/09/1997)

Environmental Policy and Conflict Resolution Act of 1997 - Amends the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental and Native American Public Policy Act of 1992 to include on the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation the chairperson of the President's Council on Environmental Quality.

Revises the purposes and authority of the Foundation to include establishment of the United States Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution to assist the Government in implementing environmental assessment provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

Establishes the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund in the Treasury for the establishment and operation of the Institute.

Establishes procedures for use by a Federal agency of the Foundation and the Institute to provide assessment, mediation, or related services in connection with a dispute or conflict related to the environment, public lands, or natural resources.

Authorizes appropriations to the Fund for capitalization and operation costs.