The session went another direction when a key official of President Obama's Administration, Mary Wagner, Associate Chief of the U.S.
Forest Service said the Department of Agriculture
could not "support the Bill as written.
The principal concern is the Bill would require the U.S.
Forest Service to prepare an environment review document under the National Environmental Protection Act ( NEPA ) after the exchange is completed.
Also of concern is the fact the Bill would immediately authorize mining exploration activities under an area that is sacred to the San Carlos Apache Tribe without a review or study.
"This Bill should be amended to require the preparation of an environmental impact statement before the land exchange is completed," said Wagner
further pointed out the proposed legislation says it is Congressional intent that the exchange be completed in one year.