2017 Regular Session
|At the request of:|
|Chief Sponsors:||Senator Courtney|
|Regular Sponsors:||Senator Hass (Presession Filed)|
|Bill Title:||Relating to mining; declaring an emergency.|
|Catchline/Summary:||Modifies area where moratorium on mining using motorized equipment applies.
Exempts certain mining operations from exclusion certificate requirements. Operative January 2, 2019, excludes certain upland placer mining operations from moratorium and requires certain upland placer mining operators to hold operating permit. Requires motorized equipment used for certain upland placer mining operations to be operated only during certain hours. Punishes upland placer mining operation outside certain hours or without permit coverage by maximum of $2,000 fine. Establishes permitting requirements for motorized in-stream placer mining. Requires Director of Department of State Lands and Director of Department of Environmental Quality to enter memorandum of understanding allowing Department of Environmental Quality to issue certain removal fill permits. Authorizes Department of Environmental Quality to issue consolidated water quality and removal fill permits for motorized in-stream placer mining. Places certain restrictions on motorized in-stream placer mining. Punishes motorized in-stream placer mining without permit coverage by maximum of $2,000 fine. Requires motorized equipment used for motorized in-stream placer mining to be inspected at aquatic invasive species check stations. Provides that motorized in-stream placer mining permitting, use restriction, inspection and penalty provisions become operative January 3, 2021. Requires consultation to determine whether state and federal mining programs can be better coordinated. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
|Fiscal Impact:||May Have Fiscal Impact, But No Statement Yet Issued|
|Revenue Impact:||May Have Revenue Impact, But No Statement Yet Issued|
|Measure Analysis:||Staff Measure Summary / Impact Statements|
|Current Location:||In Senate Committee|
|Current Committee:||Senate Committee On Environment and Natural Resources|