After a long week at AGU 2016 (more on that later), I’m back to summarize the final weeks of legislation before Congress left of the winter holidays.
Sponsor: Rep. Zinke, Ryan K. [R-MT-At Large]
-Would amend the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning and the Federal Land Policy and Management Acts to discourage litigation against the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management relating to land management projects.
Sponsor: Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]
–Would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require that underground injection control programs prevent seismicity induced by underground injection activities. Note: this would not prevent injections altogether – there are safe ways to inject wastewater back into the ground.
Sponsor: Rep. Radewagen, Aumua Amata Coleman [R-AS-At Large]
–Would authorize NOAA to promulgate regulations to implement U.S. participation in the North Pacific Fisheries Convention and South Pacific Fisheries Convention. These conventions are designed to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of fishery resources and marine ecosystems in the North Pacific and South Pacific Ocean of the United States.
Sponsor: Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8]
–Would establish the National Wildlife Corridors System to provide for the protection and restoration of native fish, wildlife, and plant species and their habitats in the United States that have been diminished by habitat loss, degradation, fragmentation, and obstructions, and for other purposes.