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2017 Senate Bill 129: Regulate small native copper mines separately

Public Act 40 of 2017

Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on February 9, 2017 To establish a separate regulatory regime over small native copper mining operations (meaning ones that generate less than 75,000 tons of waste rock a year to extract copper “in its elemental form”). Local governments would be preempted from imposing additional regulations and restrictions.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee on February 9, 2017
Reported in the Senate on February 23, 2017 With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on March 7, 2017
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 7, 2017
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on March 9, 2017 To require that mining permit applicants must describe characteristics of the waste rock and mine tailings removed in the mining process.
The amendment failed 11 to 24 in the Senate on March 9, 2017.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on March 9, 2017 To require a public hearing on a proposed mining operation.
The amendment failed 10 to 25 in the Senate on March 9, 2017.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on March 9, 2017 To require that mining operations must test for PH (acid or base) in nearby wells, in addition to other specified substances.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 9, 2017
Passed 24 to 11 in the Senate on March 9, 2017.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To establish a separate regulatory regime over small native copper mining operations (meaning ones that generate less than 75,000 tons of waste rock a year to extract copper “in its elemental form”). Local governments would be preempted from imposing additional regulations and restrictions.
Received in the House on March 9, 2017
Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on March 9, 2017
Reported in the House on March 29, 2017 Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Stephanie Chang (D) on April 20, 2017 To prohibit small copper mines within 1,320 feet of an occupied residential building, and let local governments regulate loud blasting, crushing and grinding operations between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 20, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Stephanie Chang (D) on April 20, 2017 To mandate state water testing if a local government finds evidence of contamination.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 20, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Stephanie Chang (D) on April 20, 2017 To require a public hearing on a proposed mining operation.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 20, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. William Sowerby (D) on April 20, 2017 T0 require that mining permit applicants must describe characteristics of the waste rock and mine tailings removed in the mining process.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 20, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. William Sowerby (D) on April 20, 2017 To remove the word "significant" from language in the that excludes mining in dirt and rock that contains "significant acid-forming or leachable characteristics." Under the bill such mines would be subject to the much more rigorous regulations on large mines.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 20, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. William Sowerby (D) on April 20, 2017 O require that mining operations must test for "total dissolved solids" in nearby wells, in addition to other specified substances.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 20, 2017
Passed 74 to 35 in the House on April 25, 2017.
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To establish a separate and more streamlined regulatory regime over small ("native") copper mining operations. Local governments would be preempted from imposing additional regulations and restrictions.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on May 23, 2017

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