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S 781

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 781

To amend the Clean Air Act to conform the definition of renewable biomass to the definition given the term in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 8, 2011

Mr. THUNE introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works


A BILL

To amend the Clean Air Act to conform the definition of renewable biomass to the definition given the term in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. DEFINITION OF RENEWABLE BIOMASS.

    Section 211(o)(1) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7545(o)(1)) is amended by striking subparagraph (I) and inserting the following:

        `(I) RENEWABLE BIOMASS- The term `renewable biomass' means--

          `(i) materials (including trees, wood, brush, thinnings, and chips) or invasive species from National Forest System land and public lands (as defined in section 103 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1702)), including slash and other materials, that--

            `(I) would not otherwise be used for higher-value manufactured forest products;

            `(II) are removed--

`(aa) to reduce hazardous fuels;

`(bb) to reduce or contain disease or insect infestation;

`(cc) to restore or maintain ecosystem health; or

`(dd) from a federally approved vegetation management project; and

            `(III) are harvested in accordance with--

`(aa) applicable law and land management plans; and

`(bb) the requirements for old-growth maintenance, restoration, and management direction of paragraphs (2), (3), and (4) of subsection (e) of section 102 of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (16 U.S.C. 6512);

          `(ii) any organic matter that is available on a renewable or recurring basis from non-Federal land, land belonging to an Indian or Indian tribe that is held in trust by the United States or subject to a restriction against alienation imposed by the United States, or any reservation (as defined in section 3 of the Indian Financing Act of 1974 (25 U.S.C. 1452)), including--

            `(I) renewable plant material, including--

`(aa) feed grains;

`(bb) other agricultural commodities;

`(cc) other plants and trees; and

`(dd) algae; and

            `(II) waste material (other than paper that is commonly recycled), including--

`(aa) crop residue;

`(bb) other vegetative waste material (including wood waste and wood residues);

`(cc) animal waste and byproducts (including fats, oils, greases, and manure); and

`(dd) food waste and yard waste; and

          `(iii) residues or byproducts from wood, pulp, or paper product facilities.'.

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