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108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 3529 To direct the Secretary of the Interior to cancel certain Bureau of Land Management leases that authorize extraction of sand and gravel from the Federal mineral estate in lands in Soledad Canyon adjacent to the City of Santa Clarita, California, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES November 19, 2003 Mr. McKeon introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To direct the Secretary of the Interior to cancel certain Bureau of Land Management leases that authorize extraction of sand and gravel from the Federal mineral estate in lands in Soledad Canyon adjacent to the City of Santa Clarita, California, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Soledad Canyon Mine Lease Cancellation Act''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. The Congress finds the following: (1) Transit Mixed Concrete Corporation holds two Bureau of Land Management leases for the extraction of sand and gravel from the Federal mineral estate in lands in Soledad Canyon adjacent to the City of Santa Clarita, California, numbered CA- 20139 and CA-22901. Such lands contain approximately 56,000,000 tons of sand and gravel. (2) Mining 56,000,000 tons of sand and gravel under the terms of the leases would produce harm to the environment and cause major transportation problems for the City of Santa Clarita, surrounding areas, and other users of the transportation systems in the vicinity. (3) It is in the best interest of the citizens of California and the Federal Government to cancel those leases and make available new leases for those resources that reflect the level of mining that has historically occurred in the Soledad Canyon area of California. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act, the term-- (1) ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Interior; (2) ``TMC'' means the Transit Mixed Concrete Corporation; and (3) ``historical mining level'' means ____ tons per year. SEC. 4. TMC LEASE CANCELLATIONS. The Secretary shall cancel Bureau of Land Management leases CA- 20139 and CA-22901, effective on the date of enactment. SEC. 5. FUTURE LEASES FOR SAND AND GRAVEL IN SOLEDAD CANYON AREA OF CALIFORNIA. (a) Restriction.--The Secretary may not issue any lease or leases for mining sand and gravel in the Soledad Canyon area of California as described on the map titled _____ and dated _____ on file with the Secretary, that authorize mining that, in aggregate, exceeds the historical mining level of _____ tons per calendar year. (b) Consultations and Consideration Required.--Before issuing any lease authorizing the mining of sand or gravel in the Soledad Canyon area of California, the Secretary shall-- (1) consult with the City of Santa Clarita, California, Los Angles County, California, and surface owners in that area; and (2) take into consideration the environmental and transportation impacts of such mining on that area. <all>
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