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Chief Sponsor: Michael E. Noel

Senate Sponsor: David P. Hinkins

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions relating to regulation of mining operations on state and
             10      federal land.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that political subdivisions of the state do not have the authority to regulate
             14      mining operations on state and federal land; and
             15          .    makes technical corrections.
             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          40-8-5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1995, Chapter 299
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 40-8-5 is amended to read:
             26           40-8-5. Authority to enforce chapter -- Coordination of procedures -- Department
             27      of Environmental Quality.
             28          (1) (a) The board and the division have jurisdiction and authority over all persons and
             29      property, both public and private, necessary to enforce this chapter.

             30          (b) [Any] The delegation of authority to [any other] a state officer, board, division,
             31      commission, or agency to administer [any or all other laws] a law of this state relating to mined
             32      land reclamation is withdrawn and the authority is unqualifiedly conferred upon the board and
             33      division as provided in this chapter.
             34          (c) Nothing in this chapter[, however, shall affect in any way] affects the right of [the]
             35      a landowner, or [any] a public agency having proprietary authority under other provisions of
             36      law, to administer lands within the state, to include conditions in [any] a lease, license, bill of
             37      sale, deed, right-of-way, permit, contract, or other instrument, [conditions as appropriate,
             38      provided that] if the conditions are consistent with this chapter and the rules adopted under [it]
             39      this chapter.
             40          (2) (a) [Where] If federal or local laws or regulations require operators to comply with
             41      mined land reclamation procedures separate from those provided for in this chapter, the board
             42      and division shall make every effort to have its rules and procedures accepted by the other
             43      governing bodies as complying with their respective requirements.
             44          (b) [The objective in coordination is] The provisions of Subsections (2)(a) and (d) are
             45      established to minimize the need for operators and prospective operators to [undertake
             46      duplicating] comply with duplicative, overlapping, or conflicting [compliance procedures]
             47      requirements.
             48          (c) Nothing in this chapter authorizes a political subdivision of the state to impose a
             49      condition or restriction on a mining operation located on state or federal land that is not
             50      imposed by a federal or state agency on the mining operation.
             51          (d) An ordinance or regulation issued by a political subdivision of the state that is more
             52      restrictive than a permit issued under this chapter for a mining operation on state or federal
             53      land is unenforceable.
             54          (3) Nothing in this chapter is intended to abrogate or interfere with [any] the powers or
             55      duties of the Department of Environmental Quality.

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