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HF 1219

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 02/18/2021 03:25pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to environment; modifying deadline to report on funding for section 404
assumption; amending Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 4, article 1, section
2, subdivision 9.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 4, article 1, section 2, subdivision 9,
is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

Environmental Quality Board

1,774,000
1,274,000
Appropriations by Fund
2020
2021
General
1,081,000
1,081,000
Environmental
393,000
193,000
Remediation
300,000
-0-

(a) $200,000 the first year is from the
environmental fund to begin to develop and
assemble the material required under Code of
Federal Regulations, title 40, section 233.10,
to have the state of Minnesota assume the
section 404 permitting program of the Federal
Clean Water Act. The Board may execute
contracts or interagency agreements to
facilitate developing the required agreements
and materials. By February 1, deleted text begin2021deleted text endnew text begin 2022new text end, the
board must submit a report on the additional
funding necessary to secure section 404
assumption and the additional funding needed
to fully implement the state-assumed program
to the chairs and ranking minority members
of the legislative committees and divisions
with jurisdiction over the environment and
natural resources. This is a onetime
appropriationnew text begin and is available until June 30,
2022
new text end.

(b) $300,000 the first year is from the
remediation fund to conduct a study of the
potential to deploy solar photovoltaic devices
on closed landfill program sites. This is a
onetime appropriation. By December 1, 2020,
the board, in consultation with the Pollution
Control Agency and the commissioners of
administration, commerce, and management
and budget, must provide to the chairs and
ranking minority members of the legislative
committees and divisions with jurisdiction
over environment and natural resources policy
and finance and energy policy and finance a
report on the use of properties in the state's
closed landfill program for solar energy
production. The report must include:

(1) identification and assessment of properties
in the closed landfill program with the highest
potential for solar energy production;

(2) identification of potential barriers to solar
energy production and potential ways to
address those barriers; and

(3) policy recommendations that would
facilitate solar energy production on closed
landfill program sites in a manner that would
contribute to state and local government
sustainability goals.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively from January 31, 2021.
new text end