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HF 3660

4th Engrossment - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 06/01/2018 03:19pm

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A bill for an act
relating to environment; implementing terms of recent settlement between state
and 3M Company; requiring a report of well testing; appropriating money;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 116.155, subdivision 1, by adding a
subdivision; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 115B.

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

Section 1.

[115B.52] WATER QUALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY ACCOUNT.

Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) For purposes of this section and section 115B.53, the
following terms have the meanings given.

(b) "East metropolitan area" includes but is not limited to the cities of Woodbury,
Oakdale, Lake Elmo, Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, Afton, and Newport and the townships
of West Lakeland and Grey Cloud Island.

(c) "Settlement" means the agreement and order entered on February 20, 2018, settling
litigation commenced by the state against the 3M Company under section 115B.17,
subdivision 7.

Subd. 2.

Establishment.

The water quality and sustainability account is established as
an account in the remediation fund. The account consists of revenue deposited in the account
under the terms of the settlement and earnings on the investment of money in the account.
Money in the account may be invested through the State Board of Investment.

Subd. 3.

Expenditures.

Money in the account is appropriated to the commissioner of
the Pollution Control Agency and to the commissioner of natural resources for the purposes
authorized under the settlement.

Subd. 4.

Reporting.

The commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency and the
commissioner of natural resources must jointly submit:

(1) by April 1, 2019, an implementation plan detailing how the commissioners will:

(i) determine how the priorities in the settlement will be met and how the spending will
move from the first priority to the second priority and the second priority to the third priority
outlined in the settlement; and

(ii) evaluate and determine what projects receive funding;

(2) by February 1 and August 1 each year, a biannual report to the chairs and ranking
minority members of the legislative policy and finance committees with jurisdiction over
environment and natural resources on expenditures from the water quality and sustainability
account during the previous six months; and

(3) by August 1, 2019, and each year thereafter, a report to the legislature on expenditures
from the water quality and sustainability account during the previous fiscal year and a
spending plan for anticipated expenditures from the account during the current fiscal year.

Subd. 5.

Local approval.

The commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency or
commissioner of natural resources must receive approval from the local unit of government
prior to assuming control or otherwise operating an existing municipal water supply operation
in the east metropolitan area.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Sec. 2.

[115B.53] WATER QUALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY STAKEHOLDERS.

The commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency and the commissioner of natural
resources must work with stakeholders to identify and recommend projects to receive funding
from the water quality and sustainability account under the settlement. Stakeholders include,
at a minimum, representatives of the agency, the Department of Natural Resources, east
metropolitan area municipalities, and the 3M Company. The commissioners must establish
a process to solicit and evaluate the recommendations from municipalities in the east
metropolitan area as defined in section 115B.52.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 116.155, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Creation.

The remediation fund is created as a special revenue fund in
the state treasury to provide a reliable source of public money for response and corrective
actions to address releases of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants, agricultural
chemicals, and petroleum, and for environmental response actions at qualified landfill
facilities for which the agency has assumed such responsibility, including perpetual care of
such facilities. The specific purposes for which the general portion of the fund may be spent
are provided in subdivision 2. In addition to the general portion of the fund, the fund contains
two three accounts described in subdivisions 4 and 5 to 5a.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 116.155, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


Subd. 5a.

Water quality and sustainability account.

The water quality and sustainability
account is as described in section 115B.52.

Sec. 5. TESTING FOR PRIVATE WELLS; EAST METROPOLITAN AREA.

Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms have
the meanings given.

(b) "East metropolitan area" means:

(1) the cities of Afton, Cottage Grove, Lake Elmo, Maplewood, Newport, Oakdale, St.
Paul Park, and Woodbury;

(2) the townships of Denmark, Grey Cloud Island, and West Lakeland; and

(3) other areas added by the commissioner that have a potential for significant
groundwater pollution from PFCs.

(c) "PFCs" means per- and poly-fluorinated chemicals.

Subd. 2.

Testing for private wells.

To provide results of PFC groundwater monitoring
to the public, the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency must develop a Web page
that may include, but is not limited to, the following:

(1) the process for private and public well PFC sampling in the east metropolitan area;

(2) an interactive map system that allows the public to view locations of the Department
of Health well advisories and areas projected to be sampled for PFCs; and

(3) how to contact the Pollution Control Agency or Department of Health staff to answer
questions on sampling of private wells.

Subd. 3.

Test reporting.

(a) By January 15 each year, the commissioner of the Pollution
Control Agency must report to each community in the east metropolitan area a summary
of the results of the testing for private wells in the community. The report must include
information on the number of wells tested and trends of PFC contamination in private wells
in the community. Reports to communities under this section must also be published on the
Pollution Control Agency's Web site.

(b) By January 15 each year, the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency must
report to the legislature, as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 3.195, on the testing for
private wells conducted in the east metropolitan area, including copies of the community
reports required in paragraph (a), the number of requests for well testing in each community,
and the total amount spent for testing private wells in each community.

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