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H.R. 512 (rh) To prohibit the expenditure of funds from the Land and Water ...
H. R. 512
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 20, 1998
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and
To establish requirements relating to the designation of new units of
the National Wildlife Refuge System.
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 ``New Wildlife Refuge Authorization
SEC. 2. REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO DESIGNATION OF NEW REFUGES.
(a) Limitation on Appropriations from Land and Water Conservation
(1) In general.--No funds are authorized to be appropriated
from the land and water conservation fund for designation of a
unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System, unless the
Secretary of the Interior has--
(A) completed all actions pertaining to
environmental review that are required for that
designation under the National Environmental Policy Act
(B) provided notice to each Member of and each
Delegate and Resident Commissioner to the Congress
elected to represent an area included in the boundaries
of the proposed unit, upon the completion of the
preliminary project proposal for the designation; and
(C) provided a copy of each final environmental
impact statement or each environmental assessment
resulting from that environmental review, and a summary
of all public comments received by the Secretary on the
proposed unit, to--
(i) the Committee on Resources and the
Committee on Appropriations of the House of
(ii) the Committee on Environment and
Public Works and the Committee on
Appropriations of the Senate; and
(iii) each Member of or Delegate or
Resident Commissioner to the Congress elected
to represent an area included in the boundaries
of the proposed unit.
(2) Limitation on application.--Paragraph (1) shall not
apply to appropriation of amounts for a unit of the National
Wildlife Refuge System that is designated, or specifically
authorized to be designated, by law.
(b) Notice of Scoping.--The Secretary shall publish a notice of
each scoping meeting held for the purpose of receiving input from
persons affected by the designation of a proposed unit of the National
Wildlife Refuge System. The notice shall be published in a newspaper
distributed in each county in which the refuge will be located, by not
later than 15 days before the date of the meeting. The notice shall
clearly state that the purpose of the meeting is to discuss the
designation of a new unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
(c) Limitation on Application of Federal Land Use Restrictions.--
Land located within the boundaries (or proposed boundaries) of a unit
of the National Wildlife Refuge System designated after the date of the
enactment of this Act shall not be subject to any restriction on use of
the lands under Federal law or regulation based solely on a
determination of the boundaries, until an interest in the land has been
acquired by the United States.
Passed the House of Representatives May 19, 1998.
ROBIN H. CARLE,
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