OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT
Congressional Records - May 10, 1977
Following is the May 10, 1977 Congressional Record. The text below is compiled from the Office of Surface Mining's COALEX data base, not an original printed document, and the reader is advised that coding or typographical errors could be present.
123 CONG.REC. S7321
May 10, 1977
May 10, 1977
AMENDMENT NO. 259
S7321 (Order to be printed and to lie on the table.)
S7321 Mr. FORD. Mr. President, the full energy and Natural Resources Committee has approved an amendment to S. 7 that exempts small coal operators from certain provisions of the bill for 30 months following enactment. The committee amendment requires that this extension of time pertains only to operations conducted under a permit issued before the date of enactment of the bill.
S7321 A question has been raised as to whether this provision would allow coal operations to split up into smaller subsidiaries, each of which would fall under the small operator definition. The amendment that I now propose would prohibit any such evasion of the intent of the committee amendment. My amendment specifies that the operation must be under a permit granted before May 2, 1977, the date that the full Energy and Natural Resources Committee ordered S. 7 reported.