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        H.R.1977

                       One Hundred Fourth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE FIRST SESSION

         Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,
  the fourth day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-five


                                 An Act


 
  Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related 
 agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1996, and for other 
                                purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums 
are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise 
appropriated, for the Department of the Interior and related agencies 
for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1996, and for other purposes, 
namely:

                  TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

                       Bureau of Land Management


                    management of lands and resources

    For expenses necessary for protection, use, improvement, 
development, disposal, cadastral surveying, classification, acquisition 
of easements and other interests in lands, and performance of other 
functions, including maintenance of facilities, as authorized by law, 
in the management of lands and their resources under the jurisdiction 
of the Bureau of Land Management, including the general administration 
of the Bureau, and assessment of mineral potential of public lands 
pursuant to Public Law 96-487 (16 U.S.C. 3150(a)), $568,062,000, to 
remain available until expended, of which $2,000,000 shall be available 
for assessment of the mineral potential of public lands in Alaska 
pursuant to section 1010 of Public Law 96-487 (16 U.S.C. 3150), and of 
which not more than $599,999 shall be available to the Needles 
Resources Area for the management of the East Mojave National Scenic 
Area, as defined by the Bureau of Land Management prior to October 1, 
1994, in the California Desert District of the Bureau of Land 
Management, and of which $4,000,000 shall be derived from the special 
receipt account established by section 4 of the Land and Water 
Conservation Fund Act of 1965, as amended (16 U.S.C. 460l-6a(i)): 
Provided, That appropriations herein made shall not be available for 
the destruction of healthy, unadopted, wild horses and burros in the 
care of the Bureau or its contractors; and in addition, $27,650,000 for 
Mining Law Administration program operations, to remain available until 
expended, to be reduced by amounts collected by the Bureau of Land 
Management and credited to this appropriation from annual mining claim 
fees so as to result in a final appropriation estimated at not more 
than $568,062,000: Provided further, That in addition to funds 
otherwise available, and to remain available until expended, not to 
exceed $5,000,000 from annual mining claim fees shall be credited to 
this account for the costs of administering the mining claim fee 
program, and $2,000,000 from communication site rental fees established 
by the Bureau.


                         wildland fire management

    For necessary expenses for fire use and management, fire 
preparedness, emergency presuppression, suppression operations, 
emergency rehabilitation, and renovation or construction of fire 
facilities in the Department of the Interior, $235,924,000, to remain 
available until expended, of which not to exceed $5,025,000, shall be 
available for the renovation or construction of fire facilities: 
Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, persons 
hired pursuant to 43 U.S.C. 1469 may be furnished subsistence and 
lodging without cost from funds available from this appropriation: 
Provided further, That such funds are also available for repayment of 
advances to other appropriation accounts from which funds were 
previously transferred for such purposes: Provided further, That 
unobligated balances of amounts previously appropriated to the Fire 
Protection and Emergency Department of the Interior Firefighting Fund 
may be transferred or merged with this appropriation.


                     central hazardous materials fund

    For expenses necessary for use by the Department of the Interior 
and any of its component offices and bureaus for the remedial action, 
including associated activities, of hazardous waste substances, 
pollutants, or contaminants pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental 
Response, Compensation and Liability Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 9601 et 
seq.), $10,000,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That, 
notwithstanding 31 U.S.C. 3302, sums recovered from or paid by a party 
in advance of or as reimbursement for remedial action or response 
activities conducted by the Department pursuant to sections 107 or 
113(f) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and 
Liability Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 9607 or 9613(f)), shall be 
credited to this account and shall be available without further 
appropriation and shall remain available until expended: Provided 
further, That such sums recovered from or paid by any party are not 
limited to monetary payments and may include stocks, bonds or other 
personal or real property, which may be retained, liquidated, or 
otherwise disposed of by the Secretary of the Interior and which shall 
be credited to this account.


                         construction and access

    For acquisition of lands and interests therein, and construction of 
buildings, recreation facilities, roads, trails, and appurtenant 
facilities, $3,115,000, to remain available until expended.


                        payments in lieu of taxes

    For expenses necessary to implement the Act of October 20, 1976, as 
amended (31 U.S.C. 6901-07), $101,500,000, of which not to exceed 
$400,000 shall be available for administrative expenses.


                             land acquisition

    For expenses necessary to carry out the provisions of sections 205, 
206, and 318(d) of Public Law 94-579 including administrative expenses 
and acquisition of lands or waters, or interests therein, $12,800,000 
to be derived from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, to remain 
available until expended.


                    oregon and california grant lands

    For expenses necessary for management, protection, and development 
of resources and for construction, operation, and maintenance of access 
roads, reforestation, and other improvements on the revested Oregon and 
California Railroad grant lands, on other Federal lands in the Oregon 
and California land-grant counties of Oregon, and on adjacent rights-
of-way; and acquisition of lands or interests therein including 
existing connecting roads on or adjacent to such grant lands; 
$93,379,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That 25 per 
centum of the aggregate of all receipts during the current fiscal year 
from the revested Oregon and California Railroad grant lands is hereby 
made a charge against the Oregon and California land-grant fund and 
shall be transferred to the General Fund in the Treasury in accordance 
with the provisions of the second paragraph of subsection (b) of title 
II of the Act of August 28, 1937 (50 Stat. 876).


                            range improvements

    For rehabilitation, protection, and acquisition of lands and 
interests therein, and improvement of Federal rangelands pursuant to 
section 401 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 
U.S.C. 1701), notwithstanding any other Act, sums equal to 50 per 
centum of all moneys received during the prior fiscal year under 
sections 3 and 15 of the Taylor Grazing Act (43 U.S.C. 315 et seq.) and 
the amount designated for range improvements from grazing fees and 
mineral leasing receipts from Bankhead-Jones lands transferred to the 
Department of the Interior pursuant to law, but not less than 
$9,113,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That not to 
exceed $600,000 shall be available for administrative expenses.


                service charges, deposits, and forfeitures

    For administrative expenses and other costs related to processing 
application documents and other authorizations for use and disposal of 
public lands and resources, for costs of providing copies of official 
public land documents, for monitoring construction, operation, and 
termination of facilities in conjunction with use authorizations, and 
for rehabilitation of damaged property, such amounts as may be 
collected under sections 209(b), 304(a), 304(b), 305(a), and 504(g) of 
the Act approved October 21, 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701), and sections 101 
and 203 of Public Law 93-153, to be immediately available until 
expended: Provided, That notwithstanding any provision to the contrary 
of section 305(a) of the Act of October 21, 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1735(a)), 
any moneys that have been or will be received pursuant to that section, 
whether as a result of forfeiture, compromise, or settlement, if not 
appropriate for refund pursuant to section 305(c) of that Act (43 
U.S.C. 1735(c)), shall be available and may be expended under the 
authority of this or subsequent appropriations Acts by the Secretary to 
improve, protect, or rehabilitate any public lands administered through 
the Bureau of Land Management which have been damaged by the action of 
a resource developer, purchaser, permittee, or any unauthorized person, 
without regard to whether all moneys collected from each such 
forfeiture, compromise, or settlement are used on the exact lands 
damage to which led to the forfeiture, compromise, or settlement: 
Provided further, That such moneys are in excess of amounts needed to 
repair damage to the exact land for which collected.


                        miscellaneous trust funds

    In addition to amounts authorized to be expended under existing 
law, there is hereby appropriated such amounts as may be contributed 
under section 307 of the Act of October 21, 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701), and 
such amounts as may be advanced for administrative costs, surveys, 
appraisals, and costs of making conveyances of omitted lands under 
section 211(b) of that Act, to remain available until expended.


                        administrative provisions

    Appropriations for the Bureau of Land Management shall be available 
for purchase, erection, and dismantlement of temporary structures, and 
alteration and maintenance of necessary buildings and appurtenant 
facilities to which the United States has title; up to $100,000 for 
payments, at the discretion of the Secretary, for information or 
evidence concerning violations of laws administered by the Bureau of 
Land Management; miscellaneous and emergency expenses of enforcement 
activities authorized or approved by the Secretary and to be accounted 
for solely on his certificate, not to exceed $10,000: Provided, That 
notwithstanding 44 U.S.C. 501, the Bureau may, under cooperative cost-
sharing and partnership arrangements authorized by law, procure 
printing services from cooperators in connection with jointly-produced 
publications for which the cooperators share the cost of printing 
either in cash or in services, and the Bureau determines the cooperator 
is capable of meeting accepted quality standards.

                United States Fish and Wildlife Service


                           resource management

    For expenses necessary for scientific and economic studies, 
conservation, management, investigations, protection, and utilization 
of fishery and wildlife resources, except whales, seals, and sea lions, 
and for the performance of other authorized functions related to such 
resources; for the general administration of the United States Fish and 
Wildlife Service; and for maintenance of the herd of long-horned cattle 
on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge; and not less than $1,000,000 
for high priority projects within the scope of the approved budget 
which shall be carried out by the Youth Conservation Corps as 
authorized by the Act of August 13, 1970, as amended by Public Law 93-
408, $497,943,000, to remain available for obligation until September 
30, 1997, of which $11,557,000 shall be available until expended for 
operation and maintenance of fishery mitigation facilities constructed 
by the Corps of Engineers under the Lower Snake River Compensation 
Plan, authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 1976 (90 
Stat. 2921), to compensate for loss of fishery resources from water 
development projects on the Lower Snake River: Provided, That 
unobligated and unexpended balances in the Resource Management account 
at the end of fiscal year 1995, shall be merged with and made a part of 
the fiscal year 1996 Resource Management appropriation, and shall 
remain available for obligation until September 30, 1997: Provided 
further, That no monies appropriated under this Act or any other law 
shall be used to implement subsections (a), (b), (c), (e), (g), or (i) 
of section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1533), 
until such time as legislation reauthorizing the Act is enacted or 
until the end of fiscal year 1996, whichever is earlier, except that 
monies appropriated under this Act may be used to delist or reclassify 
species pursuant to subsections 4(a)(2)(B), 4(c)(2)(B)(i), and 
4(c)(2)(B)(ii) of the Act.


                               construction

    For construction and acquisition of buildings and other facilities 
required in the conservation, management, investigation, protection, 
and utilization of fishery and wildlife resources, and the acquisition 
of lands and interests therein; $37,655,000, to remain available until 
expended.


                 natural resource damage assessment fund

    To conduct natural resource damage assessment activities by the 
Department of the Interior necessary to carry out the provisions of the 
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, 
as amended (42 U.S.C. 9601, et seq.), Federal Water Pollution Control 
Act, as amended (33 U.S.C. 1251, et seq.), the Oil Pollution Act of 
1990 (Public Law 101-380), and the Act of July 27, 1990 (Public Law 
101-337); $4,000,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, 
That sums provided by any party in fiscal year 1996 and thereafter are 
not limited to monetary payments and may include stocks, bonds or other 
personal or real property, which may be retained, liquidated or 
otherwise disposed of by the Secretary and such sums or properties 
shall be utilized for the restoration of injured resources, and to 
conduct new damage assessment activities.


                             land acquisition

    For expenses necessary to carry out the provisions of the Land and 
Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, as amended (16 U.S.C. 460l-4-11), 
including administrative expenses, and for acquisition of land or 
waters, or interest therein, in accordance with statutory authority 
applicable to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, $36,900,000, 
to be derived from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, to remain 
available until expended.


             cooperative endangered species conservation fund

    For expenses necessary to carry out the provisions of the 

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