Dems: Natural Resources & Environment Committee Report – Week 13, 2019

April 12, 2019
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COMMITTEE ACTION:

SF 409– Administrative procedures by DNR

 

COMMITTEE ACTION:

SF 409– Administrative procedures by DNR

SF 409 is a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) proposal that makes a number of changes to administrative procedures. Changes include:

  • Standardizing administrative appeal procedures. Existing laws provide 30 days to appeal or do not establish a timeframe. Additionally, the start of an appeal period is variously defined or not defined. The proposed revisions establish a consistent period of 60 days from when DNR mails the order.
  • Clarifying that a rural water utility can construct extensions of sewer or water supply systems under existing permitting authority in certain circumstances.
  • Allowing for waiver of certain requirements for written permits. Under the bill, the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) may allow exemptions for a class of disposal systems or the DNR director may allow exemptions for individual systems.
  • Exempting DNR from having to publish notices for public water supply permits in a local newspaper, though public notice is still required.
  • Directing DNR to send information on an administrative order to the attorney representing the party in the matter.

The Senate adopted an amendment on the floor that removed requirements for publishing notice of intent to conduct activities that are authorized under general permits issued by DNR. The amendment instead requires that notice of the intent to conduct activity be sent to the DNR in an electronic format.
[4/10: 37-12 (No: Bisignano, Bolkcom, Celsi, Chapman, Dotzler, Hogg, Jochum, Kinney, Petersen, Ragan, R. Taylor, Wahls; Absent: Feenstra)]

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