S.897 - 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.112th Congress (2011-2012)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Bingaman, Jeff [D-NM] (Introduced 05/05/2011)|
|Committees:||Senate - Energy and Natural Resources | House - Natural Resources|
|Committee Reports:||S. Rept. 112-63; H. Rept. 112-429|
|Latest Action:||04/16/2012 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 296.|
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Summary: S.897 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Reported to House without amendment (04/16/2012)
(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 to the Secretary of the Interior completion of their abandoned coal mine reclamation work.)