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    Subdivision 1. Commissioner's general authority. The commissioner may deny issuing
permits and issue permits with or without conditions.
    Subd. 2. Findings of fact. The commissioner shall make findings of fact on issues necessary
for determination of the applications considered. Orders made by the commissioner must be based
upon findings of fact made on substantial evidence. The commissioner may have investigations
made. The facts disclosed by investigation must be put in evidence at the hearing.
    Subd. 3. Issuance of permit. If the commissioner concludes that the plans of the applicant
are reasonable, practical, and will adequately protect public safety and promote the public
welfare, the commissioner shall grant the permit.
    Subd. 4. Control levels. If they are in issue, the commissioner shall also fix the control
levels of public waters accordingly.
    Subd. 5. Denial; modifications. Otherwise the commissioner shall reject the application
or may require modification of the plan as the commissioner finds proper to protect the public
    Subd. 6. Burden of proof; conditions. (a) In permit applications, the applicant has the
burden of proving that the proposed project is reasonable, practical, and will adequately protect
public safety and promote the public welfare.
(b) In granting a permit, the commissioner may include in it terms and reservations about the
amount and manner of the use or appropriation or method of construction or operation of controls
as appear reasonably necessary for the safety and welfare of the people of the state.
    Subd. 7. Restoring effects of unlawful activities. (a) The commissioner may include in an
order issuing or denying a permit a requirement for the applicant to take an action necessary to
restore the public waters or their beds to the condition existing before unlawful activities, if any,
were undertaken by the applicant. The restoration may include filling beds unlawfully dredged,
removing fill unlawfully placed, or restoring water unlawfully appropriated.
(b) If a hearing on the application was not held, the applicant may contest the order within 30
days of receiving it and must be given a contested case hearing as prescribed by chapter 14.
    Subd. 8. Notice of permit order. Notice of orders made after hearing must be given by
publication of the order once a week for two successive weeks in a legal newspaper in the
county where the hearing was held and by mailing copies of the order to parties who entered an
appearance at the hearing.
    Subd. 9. Time for issuance of order. The commissioner shall make an order within 60 days
after the completion of the hearing.
    Subd. 10. Charges for excavation of minerals. The commissioner must impose charges for
the excavation of minerals from the beds of public waters, as provided in chapter 93.
    Subd. 11. Limitations on permits. (a) Except as otherwise expressly provided by law, a
permit issued by the commissioner under this chapter is subject to:
(1) cancellation by the commissioner at any time if necessary to protect the public interests;
(2) further conditions on the term of the permit or its cancellation as the commissioner may
prescribe and amend and reissue the permit; and
(3) applicable law existing before or after the issuance of the permit.
(b) Permits issued to irrigate agricultural land under section 103G.295, or considered issued,
are subject to this subdivision and are subject to cancellation by the commissioner upon the
recommendation of the supervisors of the soil and water conservation district where the land to be
irrigated is located.
    Subd. 12. Permit not issued until fees are paid. Except for field inspection fees related to
monitoring, the commissioner may not issue a permit until all fees required by section 103G.301
relating to the issuance of a permit have been paid. The time limits prescribed by section
103G.305, subdivision 1, do not apply to an application for which the appropriate fee has not been
paid. Field inspection fees relating to monitoring of an activity authorized by a permit may be
charged and collected as necessary at any time after the issuance of the permit.
    Subd. 13. Period for activities under permit. (a) The commissioner shall set the time
period within which:
(1) construction authorized in the permit must be completed; or
(2) an appropriation or use of water must be made.
(b) The time must not exceed five years from the date of the permit.
(c) The time period may be extended by the commissioner after application and for good
cause demonstrated by the permittee.
    Subd. 14. Irrevocability of certain permits related to mining. (a) Permits granted in
connection with the mining, transporting, concentration, or shipment of taconite as defined in
section 93.20, subdivision 18, and permits granted in connection with the mining, production,
or beneficiation of copper, copper-nickel, or nickel, are irrevocable for the term of the permits
without the consent of the permittee, except for breach or nonperformance of any condition of
the permit by the permittee.
(b) The commissioner may allow and prescribe in the permit any time the commissioner
considers reasonable, notwithstanding the limitations under subdivision 13, limitations of time
contained in this section for beginning or completing construction or operations under the permit,
or exercising the rights granted under the permit.
(c) The commissioner may extend the time, for cause shown, upon the application of the
    Subd. 15. Rules for issuance and denial of permits. The commissioner shall adopt rules
prescribing standards and criteria for issuing and denying water use permits and public waters
work permits.
History: 1990 c 391 art 7 s 37; 1995 c 218 s 14,15

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