S.258 - Grazing Improvement Act
A bill to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to improve the management of grazing leases and permits, and for other purposes.
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Mr. BARRASSO (for himself, Mr. ENZI, Mr. CRAPO, Mr. HATCH, Mr. HELLER, Mr. LEE, and Mr. RISCH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural ResourcesCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. TERMS OF GRAZING PERMITS AND LEASES.
‘(4) the initial environmental analysis under National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (
42 U.S.C. 4321et seq.) regarding a grazing allotment, permit, or lease has not been completed.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. RENEWAL, TRANSFER, AND REISSUANCE OF GRAZING PERMITS AND LEASES.
‘SEC. 405. RENEWAL, TRANSFER, AND REISSUANCE OF GRAZING PERMITS AND LEASES.
‘(1) CURRENT GRAZING MANAGEMENT- The term ‘current grazing management’ means grazing in accordance with the terms and conditions of an existing permit or lease and includes any modifications that are consistent with an applicable Department of the Interior resource management plan or Department of Agriculture land use plan.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) Renewal, Transfer, Reissuance, and Pending Processing- A grazing permit or lease issued by the Secretary of the Interior, or a grazing permit issued by the Secretary of Agriculture regarding National Forest System land, that expires, is transferred, or is waived shall be renewed or reissued under, as appropriate--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(c) Terms; Conditions- The terms and conditions (except the termination date) contained in an expired, transferred, or waived permit or lease described in subsection (b) shall continue in effect under a renewed or reissued permit or lease until the date on which the Secretary concerned completes the processing of the renewed or reissued permit or lease that is the subject of the expired, transferred, or waived permit or lease, in compliance with each applicable law.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(d) Cancellation; Suspension; Modification- Notwithstanding subsection (c), a permit or lease described in subsection (b) may be cancelled, suspended, or modified in accordance with applicable law.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(e) Renewal Transfer Reissuance After Processing- When the Secretary concerned has completed the processing of the renewed or reissued permit or lease that is the subject of the expired, transferred, or waived permit or lease, the Secretary concerned shall renew or reissue the permit or lease for a term of 20 years after completion of processing.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(f) Compliance With National Environmental Policy Act of 1969- The renewal, reissuance, or transfer of a grazing permit or lease by the Secretary concerned shall be categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement if--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) monitoring of the allotment has indicated that the current grazing management has met, or has satisfactorily progressed towards meeting, objectives contained in the land use and resource management plan of the allotment, as determined by the Secretary concerned; orCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) the decision is consistent with the policy of the Department of the Interior or the Department of Agriculture, as appropriate, regarding extraordinary circumstances.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(g) Priority and Timing for Completing Environmental Analyses- The Secretary concerned, in the sole discretion of the Secretary concerned, shall determine the priority and timing for completing each required environmental analysis regarding any grazing allotment, permit, or lease based on the environmental significance of the allotment, permit, or lease and available funding for that purpose.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink