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H. R. 2984
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 19, 2000
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and
To direct the Secretary of the Interior, through the Bureau of
Reclamation, to convey to the Loup Basin Reclamation District, the
Sargent River Irrigation District, and the Farwell Irrigation District,
Nebraska, property comprising the assets of the Middle Loup Division of
the Missouri River Basin Project, Nebraska.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. CONVEYANCE OF THE ASSETS OF THE MIDDLE LOUP DIVISION OF THE
MISSOURI RIVER BASIN PROJECT, NEBRASKA.
(a) In General.--The Secretary shall, as soon as practicable after
the date of the enactment of this Act and in accordance with all
applicable law, convey all right, title, and interest in and to the
property comprising the assets of the Missouri River Basin Project,
Middle Loup Division, Nebraska, in accordance with the Memorandum of
(b) Sale Price.--The Secretary shall accept $2,847,360 as payment
from the District and $2,600,000 as payment from the power customers
under the terms specified in this section, as consideration for the
conveyance under subsection (a). Out of the receipts from the sale of
power from the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program (Eastern Division)
collected by the Western Area Power Administration and deposited into
the Reclamation fund of the Treasury in fiscal year 2001, $2,600,200
shall be treated as full and complete payment by the power customers of
such consideration and repayment by the power customers of all aid to
irrigation associated with the facilities conveyed under subsection
(c) Future Benefits.--Upon payment by the Districts of
consideration for the conveyance in accordance with the Memorandum of
Understanding, the Middle Loup Division of the Missouri River Basin
(1) shall not be treated as a Federal reclamation project;
(2) shall not be subject to the reclamation laws or
entitled to receive any reclamation benefits under those laws.
(d) Liability.--Except as otherwise provided by law, effective on
the date of conveyance of the assets under this section, the United
States shall not be liable for damages of any kind arising out of any
act, omission, or occurrence based on its prior ownership or operation
of the assets.
(e) Definitions.--In this section:
(1) Assets.--The term ``assets'' has the meaning that term
has in the Memorandum of Understanding.
(2) Districts.--The term ``Districts'' means the Loup Basin
Reclamation District, the Sargent River Irrigation District,
and the Farwell Irrigation District, Nebraska.
(3) Memorandum of understanding.--The term ``Memorandum of
Understanding'' means Bureau of Reclamation memorandum of
understanding number 99AG601285, entitled ``MEMORANDUM OF
UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION GREAT PLAINS REGION NEBRASKA-KANSAS AREA
OFFICE AND LOUP BASIN RECLAMATION DISTRICT FARWELL IRRIGATION
DISTRICT SARGENT IRRIGATION DISTRICT CONCERNING PRINCIPLES AND
ELEMENTS OF PROPOSED TRANSFER OF TITLE TO WORKS, FACILITIES AND
LANDS IN THE MIDDLE LOUP DIVISION''.
Passed the House of Representatives September 18, 2000.
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