Recent Federal Bills

Below are summaries of Bills Introduced, Committee Reports, Chamber Actions, and Public Laws reported in the most recent issue of ELR's Weekly Update.

would require the Secretary of Agriculture to carry out a study and research and demonstration on agrivoltaic systems and to issue guidance on best practices for protection of soil health and productivity during the siting, construction, operation, and decommissioning of solar energy systems on agricultural land.

would provide that a project for the collocation of a personal wireless service facility is not subject to requirements to prepare certain environmental or historical preservation reviews.

would amend the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 to establish a deadline for processing applications related to geothermal leasing.

would establish cooperative agreements for wildland fire research.

would amend the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 to provide cost recovery authority for DOI.

would direct the Secretary of Transportation and the Secretary of Energy to jointly conduct a study on the development of facilities for solar energy generation, solar energy storage, and solar energy transmission or distribution on available federal land adjacent to the National Highway System.

The bill would advance the benefits of nuclear energy by enabling efficient, timely, and predictable licensing, regulation, and deployment of nuclear energy technologies.

would support rural coastal and maritime economic development.

would amend the SDWA to modify eligibility for the state response to contaminants program.

would require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain federal land to the state of Utah for inclusion in certain state parks.