as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/05/2019 09:11am
A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; modifying duties related to regulating silica sand;
amending Laws 2013, chapter 114, article 4, section 105, as amended.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Laws 2013, chapter 114, article 4, section 105, as amended by Laws 2017,
chapter 93, article 2, section 148, is amended to read:
(a) The commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency may adopt rules pertaining to
the control of particulate emissions from silica sand projects. The rulemaking is exempt
from Minnesota Statutes, section 14.125.
(b) The commissioner of natural resources shall deleted text beginadopt rulesdeleted text endnew text beginnew text end
pertaining to the reclamation of silica sand mines. The deleted text beginrulemaking is exempt from Minnesota
Statutes, section 14.125deleted text endnew text beginnew text end.
(c) By January 1, 2014, the Department of Health shall adopt an air quality health-based
value for silica sand.
(d) The Environmental Quality Board may amend its rules for environmental review,
adopted under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 116D, for silica sand mining and processing to
take into account the increased activity in the state and concerns over the size of specific
operations. The Environmental Quality Board shall consider whether the requirements of
Minnesota Statutes, section 116C.991, should remain part of the environmental review
requirements for silica sand and whether the requirements should be different for different
geographic areas of the state. The rulemaking is exempt from Minnesota Statutes, section