110-H.AMDT.876 to 110-H.R.2262

Amendment to clarify that "valid existing rights" associated with existing mining claims would be protected under the Act. It would clarify that in addition to paying a 4% royalty, existing operations will still need to come into compliance with the Act within 10 years; would clarify that the claim maintenance and location fees currently allotted to administration of the mining laws will continue to be so allotted with the balance going to clean-up of abandoned hardrock mines, subject to appropriations; would clarify that user fees assessed by the BLM to process mining permit applications will be used for administration of the mining law program; would limit the purview of section 504-citizen suits--to permits issued pursuant to title III of the Act; and finally, would clarify that nothing under the Act willaffect the sovereign immunity of any Indian Tribe.

H.AMDT.876(A001)
Amends: H.R.2262
Sponsor: Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3](offered 11/1/2007)

AMENDMENT DESCRIPTION:
Amendment to clarify that "valid existing rights" associated with existing mining claims would be protected under the Act. It would clarify that in addition to paying a 4% royalty, existing operations will still need to come into compliance with the Act within 10 years; would clarify that the claim maintenance and location fees currently allotted to administration of the mining laws will continue to be so allotted with the balance going to clean-up of abandoned hardrock mines, subject to appropriations; would clarify that user fees assessed by the BLM to process mining permit applications will be used for administration of the mining law program; would limit the purview of section 504-citizen suits--to permits issued pursuant to title III of the Act; and finally, would clarify that nothing under the Act will affect the sovereign immunity of any Indian Tribe.

AMENDMENT PURPOSE:
An amendment numbered 1 printed in House Report 110-416 to clarify that `valid existing rights` associated with existing mining claims would be protected under the Act. It would clarify that in addition to paying a 4% royalty, existing operations will still need to come into compliance with the Act within 10 years; would clarify that the claim maintenance and location fees currently allotted to administration of the mining laws will continue to be so allotted with the balance going to clean-up of abandoned hardrock mines, subject to appropriations; would clarify that user fees assessed by the BLM to process mining permit applications will be used for administration of the mining law program; would limit the purview of section 504-citizen suits--to permits issued pursuant to title III of the Act; and finally, would clarify that nothing under the Act will affect the sovereign immunity of any Indian Tribe.

STATUS:

    11/1/2007 1:07pm:
    Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Rahall. (consideration: CR H12420-12421; text: CR H12420-12421)
    11/1/2007 1:07pm:
    Rahall amendment (A001) modified by unanimous consent. Modification was technical in nature.
    11/1/2007 1:11pm:
    On agreeing to the Rahall amendment (A001) as modified Agreed to by voice vote. (text as modified: CR H12421)

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