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HF 2914

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 05/20/2019 10:06pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 05/18/2019

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; requiring a comprehensive review of mining;
appropriating money.

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

Section 1. new text beginCOMPREHENSIVE MINING REVIEW; APPROPRIATIONS.
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new text begin (a) $....... in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated to the commissioner of health to study the
potential health impacts of mining activity in the state, including impacts on water quality
and the health impacts on humans, fish, and wildlife that use impacted waters.
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new text begin (b) $....... in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated to the commissioner of management and
budget for a comprehensive review of the financial impacts of mining on the state, including:
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new text begin (1) an analysis of the financial health of mining companies, including the history of the
mining industry overall and individual mining companies;
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new text begin (2) indemnification; and
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new text begin (3) an assessment of the ability to ensure accountability of foreign companies.
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new text begin (c) $....... in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated to the commissioner of employment and
economic development for a study that estimates the impact of mining operations on state
employment, including:
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new text begin (1) the number of jobs created due to mining, including the duration of the jobs, wage
rates, and the number of Minnesotans and out-of-state people employed;
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new text begin (2) a review of the use of robots and other forms of mechanization used as a substitute
for human labor; and
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new text begin (3) an assessment of the condition of communities affected following the completion of
mining operations.
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new text begin (d) $....... in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated to the attorney general for an analysis of
the current permitting process for mining operations and its adequacy to address current
mining operations. This analysis must include:
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new text begin (1) a review of the process used for the permit to mine issued for the PolyMet operation;
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new text begin (2) a review of concerns regrading the need for a health assessment and recommendations
for updating the current process to address the concerns;
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new text begin (3) public hearings and a chance for public comment during various stages of the analysis;
and
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new text begin (4) recommendations and any statutory changes necessary to:
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new text begin (i) ensure that the permitting process includes a clear identification of lands and waters
to be affected;
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new text begin (ii) ensure the state retains the right to require operations to cease if the state determines
that a condition of a permit has been violated;
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new text begin (iii) ensure that the public's interests in the state's water, air, and lands are protected and
clearly articulated in statute; and
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new text begin (iv) clearly state the role of state government to provide stewardship to protect the state's
natural resources.
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new text begin The attorney general must consult with the state's Indian tribes throughout the stages of the
analysis.
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