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[83 STAT. 126]
[83 STAT. 126]
PUBLIC LAW 91-000—MMMM. DD, 1969


Highway r e p a i r s.

Timber s a l e contracts.

Cancellation authority.

Public notice of s a l e. 30 Stat. 35; 31 Stat. 6 6 1.

Public land entry men.

PUBLIC LAW 91-79-OCT. 1, 1969

[83 STAT.

wmJ-driven waters and that there 5 a need for special measures designed to aid and accelerate the efforts of these affected States to reconstruct and rehabilitate the devastated areas. SEC. 2. The President is authorized to allocate funds hereafter appropriated to carry out this section to those States affected by a major disaster for the permanent repair and reconstruction of those permanent street, road, and highway facilities not on any of the Federal-aid systems which were destroyed or damaged as a result of such a major disaster. No funds shall be allocated under this section for repair or reconstruction of such a street, road, or highway facility unless the affected State agrees to pay not less than 50 per centum of all costs of such repair or reconstruction. SEC. 3. (a) Where an existing timber sale contract between the Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary of the Interior and a timber purchaser does not provide relief from major physical change not due to negligence of the purchaser prior to approval of construction of any section of specified road or other specified development facility and, as a result of a maj'or disaster in an affected State a major physical change results in additional construction work in connection with such road or facility by such purchaser with an estimated cost as determined by the appropriate Secretary (1) of more than $1,000 for sales under one million board feet, or (2) of more than $1 per thousand board feet for sales of one to three million board feet, or (3) of more than $3,000 for sales over three million board feet, such increasedconstruction cost shall be borne by the United States. (b) Where the Secretary determines that damages are so great that restoration, reconstruction, or construction is not practical under the cost-sharing arrangement authorized by subsection (a) of this section, the Secretary may allow cancellation of the contract notwithstanding provisions therein. (c) The Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to reduce to seven days the minimum period of advance public notice required by the first section of the Act of June 4, 1897 (16 U.S.C. 476), in connection with the sale of timber from national forests, whenever the Secretary determines that (1) the sale of such timber will assist in the reconstruction of any area of an affected State damaged by a major disaster, (2) the sale of such timber will assist in sustaining the economy of such affected area, or (3) the sale of such timber is necessary to salvage the value of timber damaged in such major disaster or to protect undamaged timber. (d) The President, whenever he determines it to be in the public interest, and acting through the Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness, is authorized to make grants to any State or political subdivision thereof, for the purpose of removing from privately owned lands timber damaged as a result of a major disaster and such State or political subdivision is authorized, upon application, to make payments to any person for reimbursement of expenses actually incurred by such person in the removal of damaged timber, but not to exceed the amount that such expenses exceed the salvage value^f such timber. SEC. 4. The Secretary of the Interior is authorized to give any public land entryman such additional time in which to comply with any requirement of law" in connection with any public land entry for lands in any State affected by a major disaster as the Secretary finds appro-