Missoula County's tracking mechanism for legislation proposed at the 63rd session of the Montana Legislature.
This one looks mostly like housekeeping from the Open Cut Stakeholders Group. No need to comment.-Greg R
This bill proposes a number of substantial changes. It hasn't popped up on this week's hotlist, or Audubon, MEIC, and Clark Fork Coalition (at least not yet)--though it is along the same lines as SB 229 & SB 234 which both expand the size of gravel operations allowed w/out a permit, and these are both opposed by MEIC. SB 332:dramatically reduces/simplifies the definition of "affected land" excludes a number of activities from definition of "opencut operation" if they are over 300 ft from mine or permitted mine area allows operator to expand operations w/out permit as long as it happens over 1 mile away from existing operation allows 10,000 cubic yards of material to be removed from expanded operation, which is twice the amount allowed now remediation must happen within 1 year instead of the current 180 days DEQ currently can only except plans that provide surface water & ground water will be given appropriate protection from deterioration of water quality and quantity, this bill removes quantityThis could allow a dramatic expansion of opencut operations and reduce the number of environmental impacts under consideration--like removing the consideration of impacts to water quantity. Recommend oppose. --Kali
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