Soledad Canyon Mine Act to be re-introduced if Congress adjourns without bill consideration.
With members of Congress still not sure when the 110th
Session will end, the fate of HR 5887 – the Soledad Canyon Mine Act, which
would effectively stop any landfill from being established in Soledad Canyon –
is as uncertain as the day it was proposed.
Congressman Buck McKeon authored the legislation,
introducing it on April 24. The bill went into committee immediately in both
the House Ways and Means
and Natural Resources Committees. It is also being considered by the
subcommittee for Energy and Mineral Resources.
McKeon’s supporters include eight California Republicans and
two Democrats, including the recently added Rep. Howard Berman of Van Nuys.
Because the committees derive their own schedules of hearing
and the potential for ending the 110th Congress either Friday or re-convening
after November’s election, it is uncertain whether the legislation will be
heard during this session.
If it is not heard, McKeon has indicated that he intends to
re-introduce the legislation when Congress convenes for the 111th session in