A prior section 2 of act Mar. 3, 1925, authorized Bureau of Mines to produce helium gas and was classified to section 163 of this title, prior to the general amendment of this chapter by Pub. L. 86–777.
2013—Pub. L. 113–40 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section defined “Secretary”, “person”, “helium-bearing natural gas”, and “helium-gas mixture”.
Effective Date of 1960 Amendment
Pub. L. 86–777, § 3, Sept. 13, 1960, 74 Stat. 923, provided that:
“The amendment made by this Act [enacting this section and sections 167a
of this title] shall become effective on March 1, 1961
Short Title of 2013 Amendment
Pub. L. 113–40, § 1, Oct. 2, 2013, 127 Stat. 534, provided that:
“This Act [see Tables for classification] may be cited as the ‘Helium Stewardship Act of 2013’.”
Short Title of 1960 Amendment
Pub. L. 86–777, § 1, Sept. 13, 1960, 74 Stat. 918, provided that:
“This Act [enacting this section, sections 167a
of this title, and provisions set out as notes below] may be cited as the ‘Helium Act Amendments of 1960’.”
Section 1 of act Mar. 3, 1925, as added by Pub. L. 86–777, § 2, provided that:
“This Act [enacting this section, sections 167a
of this title, and provisions set out as a note below] may be cited as the ‘Helium Act’.”
Pub. L. 113–40, § 9, Oct. 2, 2013, 127 Stat. 544, provided that:
“The Secretary of the Interior shall promulgate such regulations as are necessary to carry out this Act [see Tables for classification] and the amendments made by this Act, including regulations necessary to prevent unfair acts and practices.”
Act Mar. 3, 1925, ch. 426, § 20, formerly § 17, as added Pub. L. 86–777, § 2, Sept. 13, 1960, 74 Stat. 923, renumbered § 20, Pub. L. 113–40, § 6(2), Oct. 2, 2013, 127 Stat. 540, provided that:
“If any provision of this Act [enacting this section, sections 167a
of this title, and provisions set out as a note above], or the application of such provision to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, the remainder of this Act or the application of such provision to persons or circumstances other than those as to which it is held invalid, shall not be affected thereby.”
Pub. L. 113–40, § 8, Oct. 2, 2013, 127 Stat. 544, provided that:
This Act [see Tables for classification] and the amendments made by this Act shall not affect or diminish the rights and obligations of the Secretary of the Interior and private parties under agreements in existence on the date of enactment of this Act [Oct. 2, 2013], except to the extent that the agreements are renewed or extended after that date.
No agreement described in subsection (a) shall affect or diminish the right of any party that purchases helium after the date of enactment of this Act in accordance with section 6 of the Helium Act (50 U.S.C. 167d
) (as amended by section 5) to receive delivery of the helium in accordance with section 5(e)(2) of the Helium Act (50 U.S.C. 167c(e)(2)
) (as amended by section 4).”
Severance Package for Helium Operations Employees
Pub. L. 106–113, div. B, § 1000(a)(3) [title I, § 112], Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1535, 1501A–157, provided that:
Employees of Helium Operations, Bureau of Land Management, entitled to severance pay under 5 U.S.C. 5595
, may apply for, and the Secretary of the Interior may pay, the total amount of the severance pay to the employee in a lump sum. Employees paid severance pay in a lump sum and subsequently reemployed by the Federal Government shall be subject to the repayment provisions of 5 U.S.C. 5595(i)(2)
and (3), except that any repayment shall be made to the Helium Fund.
Helium Operations employees who elect to continue health benefits after separation shall be liable for not more than the required employee contribution under 5 U.S.C. 8905a(d)(1)(A)
. The Helium Fund shall pay for 18 months the remaining portion of required contributions.
The Secretary of the Interior may provide for training to assist Helium Operations employees in the transition to other Federal or private sector jobs during the facility shut-down and disposition process and for up to 12 months following separation from Federal employment, including retraining and relocation incentives on the same terms and conditions as authorized for employees of the Department of Defense in section 348 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1995 [Pub. L. 103–337
, 10 U.S.C. 1597
For purposes of the annual leave restoration provisions of 5 U.S.C. 6304(d)(1)(B)
, the cessation of helium production and sales, and other related Helium Program activities shall be deemed to create an exigency of public business under, and annual leave that is lost during leave years 1997 through 2001 because of 5 U.S.C. 6304
(regardless of whether such leave was scheduled in advance) shall be restored to the employee and shall be credited and available in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 6304(d)(2)
. Annual leave so restored and remaining unused upon the transfer of a Helium Program employee to a position of the executive branch outside of the Helium Program shall be liquidated by payment to the employee of a lump sum from the Helium Fund for such leave.
Benefits under this section shall be paid from the Helium Fund in accordance with section 4(c)(4) of the Helium Privatization Act of 1996 [probably means the Helium Act, which is classified to section 167b(c)(4) of this title
]. Funds may be made available to Helium Program employees who are or will be separated before October 1, 2002
because of the cessation of helium production and sales and other related activities. Retraining benefits, including retraining and relocation incentives, may be paid for retraining commencing on or before September 30, 2002
This section shall remain in effect through fiscal year 2002.”
Similar provisions were contained in the following prior appropriation acts:
Pub. L. 105–277, div. A, § 101(e) [title I, § 112], Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2681–231, 2681–254.
Pub. L. 105–83, title I, § 113, Nov. 14, 1997, 111 Stat. 1562.