House sets vote on mine reclamation, energy, recreation bills

By Manuel Quiñones | 04/08/2024 06:36 AM EDT

Lawmakers will also fast-track consideration of several conservation measures.

Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.).

The House plans to vote on coal mine reclamation legislation from Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) this week. Alex Brandon/AP

The House will vote on legislation this week to ease permitting for energy projects, bolster abandoned coal mine reclamation and promote outdoor recreation.

H.R. 6233, the “Community Reclamation Partnerships Act,” from Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.), would help groups team up with states to clean up acid mine drainage from abandoned coal mines. It cleared committee by voice vote in December.

Lawmakers are considering similar legislation in both the House and Senate — H.R. 7779 and S. 2781 — to protect good Samaritan groups from liability when helping reclaim hardrock mines.


Separately, the House will vote as soon as Tuesday on H.R. 6011, the “Right-of-Way Applications Transparency and Accountability Act,” from Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.).