Text: H.R.6221 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6221

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue permits for a microhydro project in nonwilderness areas within the boundaries of Denali National Park and Preserve, to acquire land for Denali National Park and Preserve from Doyon Tourism, Inc., and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 28, 2010

Mr. Young of Alaska introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue permits for a microhydro project in nonwilderness areas within the boundaries of Denali National Park and Preserve, to acquire land for Denali National Park and Preserve from Doyon Tourism, Inc., 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 “Kantishna Hills Renewable Energy Act of 2010”.

SEC. 2. Definitions.

In this Act:

(1) APPURTENANCE.—The term “appurtenance” includes—

(A) transmissions lines;

(B) distribution lines;

(C) signs;

(D) buried communication;

(E) maintenance roads; and

(F) electric cables.

(2) KANTISHNA HILLS AREA.—The term “Kantishna Hills area” means the area of the Park located within 2 miles of Moose Creek, as indicated on the map.

(3) MAP.—The term “map” means the map entitled “Doyon-Kantishna Land Exchange Map” and dated ____________.

(4) MICROHYDRO PROJECT.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—The term “microhydro project” means a hydroelectric power generating facility with a maximum power generation capability of less than 100 kilowatts.

(B) INCLUSIONS.—The term “microhydro project” includes—

(i) the intake pipeline located on Eureka Creek, approximately 12 mile upstream from the Park Road, as depicted on the map;

(ii) each system appurtenance of the microhydro project; and

(iii) any distribution or transmission line required to serve the Kantishna Hills area.

(5) PARK.—The term “Park” means the Denali National Park and Preserve in the State of Alaska.

(6) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Interior.

SEC. 3. Permit for microhydro project.

(a) In general.—Subject to subsection (b), not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue in nonwilderness areas within the boundaries of the Park permits for the microhydro project.

(b) Terms and conditions.—Each permit under subsection (a) shall be—

(1) issued in accordance with such terms and conditions as are generally applicable to rights-of-way within units of the National Park System; and

(2) subject to such other reasonable terms and conditions as the Secretary determines to be necessary to protect the purposes and values of the Park.

SEC. 4. Land exchange.

(a) In general.—Subject to subsection (d), the Secretary shall exchange the approximately 18 acres of land within the boundary of the Park, as generally depicted on the map, for the approximately 18 acres of land owned by Doyon Tourism, Inc., as generally depicted on the map.

(b) Map availability.—The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service.

(c) Timing.—The Secretary shall seek to complete the exchange under this section by not later than February 1, 2015.

(d) Applicable laws; terms and conditions.—The exchange under this section shall be subject to—

(1) the laws (including regulations) and policies applicable to exchanges of land administered by the National Park Service, including the laws and policies concerning land appraisals and equalization of values; and

(2) such terms and conditions as the Secretary considers to be appropriate.

(e) Equalization of values.—If the tracts proposed for exchange under this section are determined not to be equal in value, an equalization of values may be achieved by adjusting the quantity of acres described in subsection (a).

(f) Administration.—The land acquired by the Secretary pursuant to the exchange under this section shall be administered as part of the Park.