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108 STAT. 4510 PUBLIC LAW 103-433—OCT. 31, 1994 (3) The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Interior. SEC. 1004. APPLICABILITY OF MINERAL MINING, LEASING AND DIS- POSAL LAWS. (a) RESTRICTION.— Subject to valid existing rights, after the date of enactment of this title Federal lands and interests in lands within the area generally depicted on the map entitled "Bodie Bowl" and dated June 12, 1992, shall not be— (1) open to the location of mining and mill site claims under the general mining laws of the United States; (2) subject to any lease under the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 181 and following) or the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 (30 U.S.C. 100 and following), for lands within the Bodie Bowl; and (3) available for disposal of mineral materials under the Act of July 31, 1947, commonly known as the Materials Act of 1947 (30 U.S.C. 601 and following). Such map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the Office of the Secretary, and appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management ana the National Park Service. As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this title, the Secretary shall publish a legal description of the Bodie Bowl area in the Federal Register. (b) VALID EXISTING RIGHTS. —As used in this section, the term "valid existing rights" in reference to the general mining laws means that a mining claim located on lands within the Bodie Bowl was properly located and maintained under the general mining laws prior to the date of enactment of this title, was supported by a discovery of a valuable miiieral deposit within the meaning of the general mining laws on the date of enactment of this title, and that such claim continues to be valid. (c) VALIDITY REVIEW. — The Secretary shall undertake an expedited program to determine the validity of all unpatented mining claims located within the Bodie Bowl. The expedited program shall include an examination of all unpatented mining claims, including those for which a patent application has not been filed. If a claim is determined to be invalid, the Secretary shall promptly declare the claim to be null and void, except that the Secretary shall not challenge the validity of any claim located within the Bodie Bowl for the failure to do assessment work for any period after the date of enactment of this title. The Secretary shall make a determination with respect to the validity of each claim referred to under this subsection within two years after the date of enactment of this title. (d) LIMITATION ON PATENT ISSUANCE.— (1) MINING CLAIMS. —(A) After January 11, 1993, no patent shall be issued by the United States for any mining claim located under the general mining laws within the Bodie Bowl unless the Secretary determines that, for the claim concerned— (i) a patent application was filed with the Secretary on or before such date; and (ii) all requirements established under sections 2325 and 2326 of the Revised Statutes (30 U.S.C. 29 and 30) for vein or lode claims and sections 2329, 2330, 2331, and 2333 of the Revised Statutes (30 U.S.C. 35, 36, 37) for placer claims were fully complied with by that date.