02RS HB798


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HB 798 (BR 2600) - P. Childers, B. Smith, H. Cornett, K. Hall

     AN ACT relating to water quality certifications.
     Amend KRS 224.16-070, relating to the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet, approving coal mine mitigation measures when a stream is impacted by the mine; specify the physical mitigation measures which shall be acceptable to the cabinet; allow payments by the coal mine operator into a fund in lieu of physical mitigation; create a trust and agency account to receive payments; direct the cabinet to appoint a committee to advise the cabinet on use of the fund; direct the cabinet to manage the fund; require the money to be used in a coal producing county; direct the cabinet to work toward reforming the water quality certification process.


     HCA (1, P. Childers) - Delete original provisions; declare that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. EPA, the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife are encouraged, and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is directed, to consider as acceptable compensatory mitigation measures for unavoidable impacts under Sections 404 and 401 of the federal Clean Water Act, any combination of certain measures deemed adequate by those agencies to compensate for adverse impacts of proposed surface coal mines.

     Feb 27-introduced in House
     Feb 28-to Natural Resources and Environment (H)
     Mar 4-posting waived
     Mar 13-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with committee amendment (1)
     Mar 14-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 15, 2002
     Mar 15-3rd reading, passed 91-0 with committee amendment (1)
     Mar 18-received in Senate
     Mar 21-to Agriculture and Natural Resources (S)
     Mar 27-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Mar 28-2nd reading, to Rules

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