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Bill Detail: HB19-1113

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Title Protect Water Quality Adverse Mining Impacts
Status Governor Signed (04/04/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors B. McLachlan (D)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Donovan (D)
House Committee Rural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 01/15/2019

Current law does not address reliance on perpetual water treatment
as the means to minimize impacts to water quality in a reclamation plan
for a mining operation. Section 1 of the bill requires most reclamation
plans to demonstrate, by substantial evidence, an end date for any water
quality treatment necessary to ensure compliance with applicable water
quality standards.

Current law allows a mining permittee to submit an audited
financial statement as proof that the operator has sufficient funds to meet
its reclamation liabilities in lieu of a bond or other financial assurance.
Section 2 eliminates this self-bonding option and also requires that all
reclamation bonds include financial assurances in an amount sufficient to
protect water quality, including costs for any necessary treatment and
monitoring costs.

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