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H.R. 4578 (pp) Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes. [Public Print] ...


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        H.R.4578

                       One Hundred Sixth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE SECOND SESSION

           Begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday,
             the twenty-fourth day of January, two thousand


                                 An Act


 
  Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related 
 agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, 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, 2001, 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)), $709,733,000, to 
remain available until expended, of which $3,898,000 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 $3,000,000 shall 
be available in fiscal year 2001 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, 
$34,328,000 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 
$709,733,000, 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: 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.


                         wildland fire management

    For necessary expenses for fire preparedness, suppression 
operations, research, emergency rehabilitation and hazardous fuels 
reduction by the Department of the Interior, $425,513,000, to remain 
available until expended, of which not to exceed $30,000,000 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.
    For an additional amount for ``Wildland Fire Management'', 
$200,000,000, to remain available until expended, for emergency 
rehabilitation and wildfire suppression activities: Provided, That the 
entire amount is designated by the Congress as an emergency requirement 
pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency 
Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended: Provided further, That this 
amount shall be available only to the extent that an official budget 
request for a specific dollar amount, that includes designation of the 
entire amount of the request as an emergency requirement as defined by 
such Act, is transmitted by the President to the Congress.


                     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, $16,860,000, 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), $150,000,000, 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, $31,100,000, 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; 
$104,267,000, 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. 
1181-1 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, $776,595,000, to remain available until September 30, 
2002, except as otherwise provided herein, 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 $6,355,000 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.


                               construction

    For construction, improvement, acquisition, or removal 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; 
$63,015,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That, 
notwithstanding any provision of law or regulation, funds appropriated 
in Public Law 106-113 for exhibits at the J.N. Ding Darling National 
Wildlife Refuge Education Center in Florida shall be transferred 
immediately to the Ding Darling Wildlife Society for the purpose of 
constructing the exhibits.

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