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#1251 - 06/26/17 05:45 PM H.R. 1873: Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act  
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H.R. 1873: Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act

Summary

Republican Policy Committee's Summary

H.R. 1873 amends the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to enhance the reliability of the electricity grid and reduce the threat of wildfires to and from electric transmission and distribution facilities on Federal lands by facilitating vegetation management on such lands. Specifically, the goal of H.R. 1873 is to ensure reliable electricity service and reduce the risk of fires and fire hazards caused by inadequate vegetation management in and adjacent to power line rights-of-way (ROW) on some federally managed lands. H.R. 1873 seeks to reduce such wildfires, in part, by promoting federal consistency, accountability, and timely decision-making as it relates to protecting electricity transmission and distribution lines on some federal lands from hazard trees

H.R. 1873 provides utilities with the ability to rapidly remove hazardous trees by receiving pre-approval from the Forest Service to manage transmission line right of ways and remove trees that are or could become hazards. Furthermore, if a utility requests authorization to remove a tree and is denied by the Forest Service, the Forest Service is responsible for any firefighting costs that result from the failure to remove the tree.

Source; (text) https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr1873/text

also see, H. Res. 392


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#1254 - 07/05/17 03:36 PM Re: H.R. 1873: Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act [Re: outdoorwire]  
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Utility Rights-of-Way: Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act/H.R. 1873

Representatives Doug LaMalfa and Kurt Schrader introduced H.R. 1873 into the United States House of Representatives which is titled:

The Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act

The bill includes requirements that the United States Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture ensure that all existing and future rights-of-way for electrical transmission and distribution facilities include requirements for utility vegetation management, facility inspection, and operation of maintenance activities with respect to lands under their respective jurisdictions.

The departments are required to give facility owners and operators the option to submit to the appropriate agency a:

Vegetation management facility inspection
Operation and maintenance plan

Both the United States Department of Interior and Department of Agriculture are required to jointly develop a consolidated and coordinated process for review and approval of such plans. Further, they are required to apply their categorical exclusion process under the National Environmental Policy Act to such plans.

The legislation also addresses scenarios if vegetation is in imminent danger of contacting transmission or distribution lines and liability of an owner or operator of a transmission or distribution facility for wildfire damage, loss, or injury in certain circumstances.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association sent a June 19th letter to the Chairman of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources supporting H.R. 1873 stating it was “common-sense legislation” providing “opportunities for electric cooperatives to better enhance safety and ensure the delivery of affordable, reliable electricity to their members.” Mr. Jim Matheson, Chief Executive Officer, of the organization stated in part:

. . . moving electricity from generation facilities to customers frequently requires transmission and distribution lines to cross land that is federally managed. Access to these lines is essential to perform routine maintenance, upgrades, and equipment replacement. Further, vegetation management is of utmost importance to meet state and federal safety requirements and to ensure electric reliability for our member-owners.

The bill was introduced on April 4th. A copy of the bill and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s June 19th letter can be downloaded here.

Source: http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=3d9c9180-4fd9-4474-a017-dcf00d7bed85


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