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02/03/2020          

Clearing Lines along Electrical At-Risk Zones Act

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02/03/2020 Introduced in House Open
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116 HR 5744 IH: Clearing Lines along Electrical At-Risk Zones Act
U.S. House of Representatives
2020-02-03
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I116th CONGRESS2d SessionH. R. 5744IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESFebruary 3, 2020Mr. LaMalfa introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedA BILLTo establish a categorical exclusion for electric utility rights-of-way, and for other purposes.
1.
Short title
This Act may be cited as the Clearing Lines along Electrical At-Risk Zones Act.
2.
Vegetation management, facility inspection, and operation and maintenance relating to electric transmission and distribution facility rights of way
(a)
Hazard trees within 50 feet of electric power line
Section 512(a)(1)(B)(ii) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1772(a)(1)(B)(ii)) is amended by striking 10 and inserting 50.
(b)
Consultation with private landowners
Section 512(c)(3)(E) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1772(c)(3)(E)) is amended— (1)in clause (i), by striking and at the end; (2)in clause (ii), by striking the period and inserting ; and; and (3)by adding at the end the following: (iii)consulting with private landowners with respect to any hazard trees identified for removal from land owned by such private landowners..
(c)
Review and approval process
Clause (iv) of section 512(c)(4)(A) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1772(c)(4)(A)) is amended to read as follows: (iv)ensures that— (I)a plan submitted without a modification under clause (iii) shall be automatically approved 60 days after review; and (II)a plan submitted with a modification under clause (iii) shall be automatically approved 67 days after review..
3.
Categorical exclusion for electric utility lines rights-of-way
(a)
Secretary concerned defined
The term Secretary concerned means— (1)the Secretary of Agriculture, with respect to National Forest System lands; and (2)the Secretary of the Interior, with respect to public lands.
(b)
Categorical exclusion established
Forest management activities described in subsection (c) are a category of activities designated as being categorically excluded from the preparation of an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement under section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332).
(c)
Forest management activities designated for categorical exclusion
The forest management activities designated as being categorically excluded under subsection (b) are— (1)the development and approval of a vegetation management, facility inspection, and operation and maintenance plan submitted under section 512(c)(1) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1772(c)(1)) by the Secretary concerned; and (2)the implementation of routine activities conducted under the plan referred to in paragraph (1).
(d)
Availability of categorical exclusion
On and after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary concerned may use the categorical exclusion established under subsection (b) in accordance with this section.
(e)
Extraordinary circumstances
Use of the categorical exclusion established under subsection (b) shall not be subject to the extraordinary circumstances procedures in section 220.6, title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, or section 1508.4, title 40, Code of Federal Regulations.
(f)
Exclusion of certain areas
The categorical exclusion established under subsection (b) shall not apply to any forest management activity conducted— (1)in a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System; or (2)on National Forest System lands on which, by Act of Congress, the removal of vegetation is restricted or prohibited.
(g)
Permanent roads
(1)
Prohibition on establishment
A forest management activity designated under subsection (c) shall not include the establishment of a permanent road.
(2)
Existing roads
The Secretary concerned may carry out necessary maintenance and repair on an existing permanent road for the purposes of conducting a forest management activity designated under subsection (c).
(3)
Temporary roads
The Secretary concerned shall decommission any temporary road constructed for a forest management activity designated under subsection (c) not later than 3 years after the date on which the action is completed.
(h)
Applicable laws
A forest management activity designated under subsection (c) shall not be subject to section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1536), section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, or any other applicable law.

Picture Name From Date Type
Doug LaMalfa R-CA 02/03/2020 Sponsor
Ralph Norman R-SC 02/05/2020 Cosponsor
Dan Newhouse R-WA 02/05/2020 Cosponsor
Dusty Johnson R-SD 02/11/2020 Cosponsor
Paul Gosar R-AZ 02/04/2020 Cosponsor
Greg Gianforte R-MT 02/04/2020 Cosponsor
Eric Crawford R-AR 02/04/2020 Cosponsor
Date Branch Action
02/04/2020 President Referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands.Action By: Committee on Natural Resources
02/04/2020 President Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.Action By: Committee on Natural Resources
02/03/2020 President Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.Action By: House of Representatives
02/03/2020 President Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives
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Congress
(f)Exclusion of certain areasThe categorical exclusion established under subsection (b) shall not apply to any forest management activity conducted— (1)in a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System; or (2)on National Forest System lands on which, by Act of Congress, the removal of vegetation is restricted or prohibited

Forest management
(b)Categorical exclusion establishedForest management activities described in subsection (c) are a category of activities designated as being categorically excluded from the preparation of an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement under section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U

House of Representatives
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Management
Vegetation management, facility inspection, and operation and maintenance relating to electric transmission and distribution facility rights of way (a)Hazard trees within 50 feet of electric power lineSection 512(a)(1)(B)(ii) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U


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