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Referred in Senate (03/27/2014)


113th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 1459

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 27, 2014

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


AN ACT

To ensure that the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 applies to the declaration of national monuments, 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 “Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act”.

SEC. 2. NEPA applicability to national monument declarations.

Section 2 of the Act of June 8, 1906 (16 U.S.C. 431; commonly known as the “Antiquities Act of 1906”) is amended—

(1) by striking “That the President” and inserting the following:

“(a) That the President”;

(2) by striking “discretion, to declare” and inserting “discretion, subject to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), to declare”;

(3) by inserting before the final period the following “. No more than one declaration shall be made in a State during any presidential four-year term of office without an express Act of Congress”; and

(4) by adding at the end the following:

“(b) A declaration under this section shall—

“(1) not include private property without the informed written consent of the owner of the private property affected by the declaration;

“(2) be considered a major Federal action under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), except if it affects 5,000 acres or less, in which case—

“(A) the declaration shall be categorically excluded from the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969;

“(B) the declaration shall expire three years after the date of the declaration; and

“(C) the declaration may become permanent if—

“(i) specifically designated as a monument by Federal statute; or

“(ii) the President follows the review process under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; and

“(3) be followed by a feasibility study that includes an estimate of the costs associated with managing the monument in perpetuity, including any loss of Federal and State revenue, and the benefits associated with managing the monument in perpetuity, including jobs created and tourism dollars associated with managing the monument, which shall be submitted to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and made available on the website of the Department of the Interior not later than one year after the date of the declaration.”.

SEC. 3. Use of existing funds.

This Act shall not be construed to increase the amount of funds that are authorized to be appropriated for any fiscal year.

Passed the House of Representatives March 26, 2014.

Attest: karen l. haas,   
Clerk