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Public Law No: 115-326 (12/18/2018)

[115th Congress Public Law 326]
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Public Law 115-326
115th Congress

                                 An Act

   To provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Southeast 
  Alaska Regional Health Consortium located in Sitka, Alaska, and for 
          other purposes. <<NOTE: Dec. 18, 2018 -  [S. 825]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Southeast Alaska 
Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act of 2017.>> 

    This Act may be cited as the ``Southeast Alaska Regional Health 
Consortium Land Transfer Act of 2017''.

    (a) In General.-- <<NOTE: Deadline.>> As soon as practicable, but 
not later than 2 years, after the date of enactment of this Act, the 
Secretary of Health and Human Services (referred to in this Act as the 
``Secretary'') shall convey to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health 
Consortium located in Sitka, Alaska (referred to in this Act as the 
``Consortium''), all right, title, and interest of the United States in 
and to the property described in section 3 for use in connection with 
health and social services programs.

    (b) Effect on Any Quitclaim Deed.--The conveyance by the Secretary 
of title by warranty deeds under this section shall, on the effective 
date of the conveyance, supersede and render of no future effect any 
quitclaim deed to the property described in section 3 executed by the 
Secretary and the Consortium.
    (c) Conditions.--The conveyance of the property under this Act--
            (1) shall be made by warranty deed; and
            (2) shall not--
                    (A) require any consideration from the Consortium 
                for the property;
                    (B) impose any obligation, term, or condition on the 
                Consortium; or
                    (C) allow for any reversionary interest of the 
                United States in the property.

    The property, including all land and appurtenances, described in 
this section is the property included in U.S. Survey 1496, Lots 3, 5, 6, 
9, 10, 11A, 11A Parcel A, and 11B, partially surveyed Township 55 South, 
Range 63 East of the Copper River Meridian, containing 19.07 acres, in 
Sitka, Alaska.

    (a) Liability.--
            (1) In general.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, 
        the Consortium shall not be liable for any soil, surface

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        water, groundwater, or other contamination resulting from the 
        disposal, release, or presence of any environmental 
        contamination on any portion of the property described in 
        section 3 on or before the date on which the property is 
        conveyed to the Consortium, except that the Secretary shall not 
        be liable for any contamination that occurred after the date on 
        which the Consortium controlled, occupied, and used such 
            (2) Environmental contamination.--An environmental 
        contamination described in paragraph (1) includes any oil or 
        petroleum products, hazardous substances, hazardous materials, 
        hazardous waste, pollutants, toxic substances, solid waste, or 
        any other environmental contamination or hazard as defined in 
        any Federal or State of Alaska law.

    (b) Easement.--The Secretary shall be accorded any easement or 
access to the property conveyed under this Act as may be reasonably 
necessary to satisfy any retained obligation or liability of the 
    (c) Notice of Hazardous Substance Activity and Warranty.-- 
<<NOTE: Compliance.>> In carrying out this Act, the Secretary shall 
comply with subparagraphs (A) and (B) of section 120(h)(3) of the 
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 
1980 (42 U.S.C. 9620(h)(3)).

    Approved December 18, 2018.


HOUSE REPORTS: No. 115-619, Pt. 1 (Comm. on Natural Resources).
SENATE REPORTS: No. 115-173 (Comm. on Indian Affairs).
                                                        Vol. 163 (2017):
                                    Nov. 29, considered and passed 
                                                        Vol. 164 (2018):
                                    Dec. 10, 11, considered and passed