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H.R. 2466 (pcs) Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000, and for other purposes. [Placed on Calendar Senate] ...


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        H.R.2466

                       One Hundred Sixth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE FIRST SESSION

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


                                 An Act


 
  Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related 
 agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000, 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, 2000, 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)), $644,218,000, to 
remain available until expended, of which $2,147,000 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 to exceed $1,000,000 shall be derived from the special 
receipt account established by the Land and Water Conservation Act of 
1965, as amended (16 U.S.C. 460l-6a(i)); and of which $2,500,000 shall 
be available in fiscal year 2000 subject to a match by at least an 
equal amount by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, to such 
Foundation for cost-shared projects supporting conservation of Bureau 
lands and such funds shall be advanced to the Foundation as a lump sum 
grant without regard to when expenses are incurred; in addition, 
$33,529,000 for Mining Law Administration program operations, including 
the cost of administering the mining claim fee program; to remain 
available until expended, to be reduced by amounts collected by the 
Bureau and credited to this appropriation from annual mining claim fees 
so as to result in a final appropriation estimated at not more than 
$644,218,000, and $2,000,000, to remain available until expended, from 
communication site rental fees established by the Bureau for the cost 
of administering communication site activities, and of which 
$2,500,000, to remain available until expended, is for coalbed methane 
Applications for Permits to Drill in the Powder River Basin: Provided, 
That unless there is a written agreement in place between the coal 
mining operator and a gas producer, the funds available herein shall 
not be used to process or approve coalbed methane Applications for 
Permits to Drill for well sites that are located within an area, which 
as of the date of the coalbed methane Application for Permit to Drill, 
are covered by: (1) a coal lease; (2) a coal mining permit; or (3) an 
application for a coal mining lease: Provided further, 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.


                         wildland fire management

    For necessary expenses for fire preparedness, suppression 
operations, emergency rehabilitation and hazardous fuels reduction by 
the Department of the Interior, $292,282,000, to remain available until 
expended, of which not to exceed $9,300,000 shall be for the renovation 
or construction of fire facilities: Provided, 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 and merged with 
this appropriation: Provided further, That 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 
notwithstanding 42 U.S.C. 1856d, sums received by a bureau or office of 
the Department of the Interior for fire protection rendered pursuant to 
42 U.S.C. 1856 et seq., protection of United States property, may be 
credited to the appropriation from which funds were expended to provide 
that protection, and are available without fiscal year limitation: 
Provided further, That not more than $58,000 shall be available to the 
Bureau of Land Management to reimburse Trinity County for expenses 
incurred as part of the July 2, 1999 Lowden Fire.


                     central hazardous materials fund

    For necessary expenses of 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 section 107 or 
113(f) of such Act, shall be credited to this account to be available 
until expended without further appropriation: 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 and which shall be credited to this account.


                               construction

    For construction of buildings, recreation facilities, roads, 
trails, and appurtenant facilities, $11,425,000, 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. 6901-6907), $135,000,000, of which not to exceed 
$400,000 shall be available for administrative expenses: Provided, That 
no payment shall be made to otherwise eligible units of local 
government if the computed amount of the payment is less than $100.


                             land acquisition

    For expenses necessary to carry out sections 205, 206, and 318(d) 
of Public Law 94-579, including administrative expenses and acquisition 
of lands or waters, or interests therein, $15,500,000, 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; 
$99,225,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That 25 
percent 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 second paragraph of subsection (b) of title II of the Act of 
August 28, 1937 (50 Stat. 876).

               forest ecosystems health and recovery fund


                    (revolving fund, special account)

    In addition to the purposes authorized in Public Law 102-381, funds 
made available in the Forest Ecosystem Health and Recovery Fund can be 
used for the purpose of planning, preparing, and monitoring salvage 
timber sales and forest ecosystem health and recovery activities such 
as release from competing vegetation and density control treatments. 
The Federal share of receipts (defined as the portion of salvage timber 
receipts not paid to the counties under 43 U.S.C. 1181f and 43 U.S.C. 
1181f-1 et seq., and Public Law 103-66) derived from treatments funded 
by this account shall be deposited into the Forest Ecosystem Health and 
Recovery Fund.


                            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 percent 
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 $10,000,000, 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 Public Law 94-579, as amended, and Public Law 93-153, 
to remain available until expended: Provided, That notwithstanding any 
provision to the contrary of section 305(a) of Public Law 94-579 (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 Act 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 action are used 
on the exact lands damaged which led to the action: Provided further, 
That any such moneys that are in excess of amounts needed to repair 
damage to the exact land for which funds were collected may be used to 
repair other damaged public lands.


                        miscellaneous trust funds

    In addition to amounts authorized to be expended under existing 
laws, 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; 
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 necessary expenses of the United States Fish and Wildlife 
Service, for scientific and economic studies, conservation, management, 
investigations, protection, and utilization of fishery and wildlife 
resources, except whales, seals, and sea lions, maintenance of the herd 
of long-horned cattle on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, general 
administration, and for the performance of other authorized functions 
related to such resources by direct expenditure, contracts, grants, 
cooperative agreements and reimbursable agreements with public and 
private entities, $716,046,000, to remain available until September 30, 
2001, except as otherwise provided herein, of which $11,701,000 shall 
remain 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, to compensate for loss of fishery 
resources from water development projects on the Lower Snake River, and 
of which not less than $2,000,000 shall be provided to local 
governments in southern California for planning associated with the 
Natural Communities Conservation Planning (NCCP) program and shall 
remain available until expended: Provided, That not less than 
$1,000,000 for high priority projects which shall be carried out by the 
Youth Conservation Corps as authorized by the Act of August 13, 1970, 
as amended: Provided further, That not to exceed $6,232,000 shall be 
used for implementing subsections (a), (b), (c), and (e) of section 4 
of the Endangered Species Act, as amended, for species that are 
indigenous to the United States (except for processing petitions, 
developing and issuing proposed and final regulations, and taking any 
other steps to implement actions described in subsection (c)(2)(A), 
(c)(2)(B)(i), or (c)(2)(B)(ii): Provided further, That of the amount 
available for law enforcement, up to $400,000 to remain available until 
expended, may at the discretion of the Secretary, be used for payment 
for information, rewards, or evidence concerning violations of laws 
administered by the Service, and miscellaneous and emergency expenses 
of enforcement activity, authorized or approved by the Secretary and to 
be accounted for solely on his certificate: Provided further, That of 
the amount provided for environmental contaminants, up to $1,000,000 
may remain available until expended for contaminant sample analyses: 
Provided further, That hereafter, all fines collected by the United 
States Fish and Wildlife Service for violations of the Marine Mammal 
Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 1362-1407) and implementing regulations shall 
be available to the Secretary, without further appropriation, to be 
used for the expenses of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in 
administering activities for the protection and recovery of manatees, 
polar bears, sea otters, and walruses, and shall remain available until 
expended: Provided further, That, notwithstanding any other provision 

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