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H.R. 512 (rh) To prohibit the expenditure of funds from the Land and Water ...
105th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 512 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES May 20, 1998 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT 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 Act''. SEC. 2. REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO DESIGNATION OF NEW REFUGES. (a) Limitation on Appropriations from Land and Water Conservation Fund.-- (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 of 1969; (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 Representatives; (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. Attest: ROBIN H. CARLE, Clerk.
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