Text: S.825 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 115-326 (12/18/2018)
[115th Congress Public Law 326]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
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Public Law 115-326
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.>>
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Southeast Alaska Regional Health
Consortium Land Transfer Act of 2017''.
SEC. 2. CONVEYANCE OF PROPERTY.
(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
(C) allow for any reversionary interest of the
United States in the property.
SEC. 3. PROPERTY DESCRIBED.
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
SEC. 4. ENVIRONMENTAL 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.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 825:
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