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Union Calendar No. 509

114th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 3734

[Report No. 114–658]


To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to provide support to mining schools, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 9, 2015

Mr. Hardy (for himself and Mr. Perlmutter) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

July 5, 2016

Additional sponsors: Mr. Pearce, Mrs. Noem, Mr. Westerman, Mr. Young of Alaska, Mr. Barr, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Smith of Missouri, Mr. Amodei, Mr. Zinke, Mr. McKinley, Mr. Bost, Mr. Gosar, Ms. McSally, Mr. Griffith, and Mr. Mooney of West Virginia

July 5, 2016

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


A BILL

To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to provide support to mining schools, 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 “Mining Schools Enhancement Act”.

SEC. 2. Support for mining schools.

Section 721 of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1309b) is amended—

(1) by striking “The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement” and inserting the following:

“(a) In general.—Subject to subsection (b), the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

“(b) Mining program support.—

“(1) Of the amounts made available under this Act for activities authorized under this section, the Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement shall ensure that at least 70 percent is expended to enhance and support mining and mineral engineering programs in the United States by funding activities at mining schools.

“(2) In expending funds under this section, the Director shall consult with relevant stakeholders and ensure a significant opportunity for participation by undergraduate and graduate students at mining schools.

“(3) The Director shall ensure that the activities conducted under this section relate to conventional fuel resource development and production, and include—

“(A) studies of mining, mineral extraction efficiency, and related processing technology;

“(B) mineral economics, reclamation technology, and practices for active mining operations;

“(C) the development of remining systems and technologies that facilitate reclamation that fosters the recovery of resources at abandoned mine sites;

“(D) investigations of mineral resource extraction methods that reduce environmental and human impacts;

“(E) reducing dependence on foreign energy supplies; and

“(F) enhancing the competitiveness of United States energy technology exports.

“(c) Mining school defined.—In this section the term ‘mining school’ means a mining or mineral engineering program or department accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., that is located at an institution of higher education (as that term is defined in section 631(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1132(a))) in the United States.”.


Union Calendar No. 509

114th CONGRESS
     2d Session
H. R. 3734
[Report No. 114–658]

A BILL
To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to provide support to mining schools, and for other purposes.

July 5, 2016
Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed