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108th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 1484

To provide for the implementation of air quality programs developed in 
accordance with an Intergovernmental Agreement between the Southern Ute 
 Indian Tribe and the State of Colorado concerning Air Quality Control 
    on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, and for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             March 27, 2003

 Mr. McInnis introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
 Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on 
 Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, 
 in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the 
                jurisdiction of the committee concerned

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                                 A BILL


 
To provide for the implementation of air quality programs developed in 
accordance with an Intergovernmental Agreement between the Southern Ute 
 Indian Tribe and the State of Colorado concerning Air Quality Control 
    on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

     This Act may be cited as the ``Southern Ute and Colorado 
Intergovernmental Agreement Implementation Act of 2003''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.

    (a) Findings.--Congress, after review and in recognition of the 
purposes and uniqueness of the Intergovernmental Agreement between the 
Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the State of Colorado, finds that--
            (1) the Intergovernmental Agreement is consistent with the 
        special legal relationship between Federal Government and the 
        Tribe; and
            (2) air quality programs developed in accordance with the 
        Intergovernmental Agreement and submitted by the Tribe for 
        approval by the Administrator may be implemented in a manner 
        that is consistent with the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et 
        seq.).
    (b) Purpose.--The purpose of this Act is to provide for the 
implementation and enforcement of air quality control programs under 
the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.) and other air quality 
programs developed in accordance with the Intergovernmental Agreement 
that provide for--
            (1) the regulation of air quality within the exterior 
        boundaries of the Reservation; and
            (2) the establishment of a Southern Ute Indian Tribe/State 
        of Colorado Environmental Commission.

SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

     In this Act:
            (1) Administrator.--The term ``Administrator'' means the 
        Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
            (2) Commission.--The term ``Commission'' means the Southern 
        Ute Indian Tribe/State of Colorado Environmental Commission 
        established by the State and the Tribe in accordance with the 
        Intergovernmental Agreement.
            (3) Intergovernmental agreement.--The term 
        ``Intergovernmental Agreement'' means the agreement entered 
        into by the Tribe and the State on December 13, 1999.
            (4) Reservation.--The term ``Reservation'' means the 
        Southern Ute Indian Reservation.
            (5) State.--The term ``State'' means the State of Colorado.
            (6) Tribe.--The term ``Tribe'' means the Southern Ute 
        Indian Tribe.

SEC. 4. TRIBAL AUTHORITY.

    (a) Air Program Applications.--
            (1) In general.--The Administrator is authorized to treat 
        the Tribe as a State for the purpose of any air program 
        applications submitted to the Administrator by the Tribe under 
        section 301(d) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7601(d)) to 
        carry out, in a manner consistent with the Clean Air Act (42 
        U.S.C. 7401 et seq.), the Intergovernmental Agreement.
            (2) Applicability.--If the Administrator approves an air 
        program application of the Tribe, the approved program shall be 
        applicable to all air resources within the exterior boundaries 
        of the Reservation.
    (b) Termination.--If the Tribe or the State terminates the 
Intergovernmental Agreement, the Administrator shall promptly take 
appropriate administrative action to withdraw treatment of the Tribe as 
a State for the purpose described in subsection (a)(1).

SEC. 5. CIVIL ENFORCEMENT.

     If any person fails to comply with a final civil order of the 
Tribe or the Commission made in accordance with a program under the 
Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.) or any other air quality program 
established under the Intergovernmental Agreement, the Tribe or the 
Commission, as appropriate, may bring a civil action for declaratory or 
injunctive relief, or for other orders in aid of enforcement, in the 
United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

SEC. 6. JUDICIAL REVIEW.

     Any decision by the Commission that would be subject to appellate 
review if it were made by the Administrator--
            (1) shall be subject to appellate review by the United 
        States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; and
            (2) may be reviewed by the Court of Appeals applying the 
        same standard that would be applicable to a decision of the 
        Administrator.

SEC. 7. DISCLAIMER.

     Nothing in this Act--
            (1) modifies any provision of--
                    (A) the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.);
                    (B) Public Law 98-290 (25 U.S.C. 668 note); or
                    (C) any lawful administrative rule promulgated in 
                accordance with those statutes; or
            (2) affects or influences in any manner any past or 
        prospective judicial interpretation or application of those 
        statutes by the United States, the Tribe, the State, or any 
        Federal, tribal, or State court.
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