H. Rept. 115-260 1 (2017-07-26)

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                   115TH CONGRESS                                      REPORT
                      1st Session   HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES           115-260





                        COMMUNITY RECLAMATION PARTNERSHIPS ACT


                    JULY 26, 2017.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of
                                     the Union and ordered to be printed


                     Mr. BISHOP of Utah, from the Committee on Natural Resources,
                                        submitted the following


                                           REPORT

                                         [To accompany H.R. 2937]

                             [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
                     The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred the
                   bill (H.R. 2937) to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclama-
                   tion Act of 1977 to authorize partnerships between States and non-
                   governmental entities for the purpose of reclaiming and restoring
                   land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining activi-
                   ties before August 3, 1977, and for other purposes, having consid-
                   ered the same, report favorably thereon without amendment and
                   recommend that the bill do pass.
                                         PURPOSE OF THE BILL
                     The purpose of H.R. 2937 is to amend the Surface Mining Con-
                   trol and Reclamation Act of 1977 to authorize partnerships be-
                   tween States and nongovernmental entities for the purpose of re-
                   claiming and restoring land and water resources adversely affected
                   by coal mining activities before August 3, 1977.
                               BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION
                     Thousands of inactive coal mines, abandoned before the era of
                   modern regulation, can be found in communities across the United
                   States. Today, over $10.5 billion worth of abandoned coal mine
                   sites remain, each of which has no living responsible party.1 Many
                   of these abandoned mines pose health and safety risks or environ-
                   mental hazards to the surrounding communities, burdening land-
                     'U.S. Department of the Interior. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.
                   Cost Summary National. Abandoned Mine Land Inventory System (AMLIS). https://
                   amlis.osmre.gov/CannedReport.aspx Accessed May 16, 2017.
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