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HB 421 (BR 1378) - J. Gooch Jr., B. Waide, A. Wuchner

     AN ACT relating to intrastate coal use.
     Create new sections of subchapter 16 of KRS Chapter 224 to exempt coal mines and coal alteration facilities that mine or alter coal in Kentucky for use exclusively within the Commonwealth from requirements of the Clean Water Act; declare authority for the Act; define terms; name the cabinet as the principal regulator of business activity relating to the mining or alteration of coal within the Commonwealth; direct the cabinet to certify coal mines and alteration facilities that produce or alter coal in Kentucky for use exclusively within the Commonwealth; direct the cabinet to keep coal samples from mines and alteration facilities to verify that Kentucky is the origin of the coal produced or altered; declare that United States Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority to deny operation permits for certified coal mines or alteration facilities that make products that do not travel in interstate commerce; limit the application of the Act to the issuance of permits of operation required under the Clean Water Act.


     HFA (1, J. Wayne) - Require the cabinet when discharging its duties under the section to give due regard to maintaining waters for the protection of aquatic life, recreational uses, and withdrawal of waters for public water supply, agricultural, industrial, and other purposes.

     Feb 9-introduced in House
     Feb 10-to Natural Resources & Environment (H)
     Feb 14-posted in committee
     Feb 17-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Feb 18-2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (1) filed
     Feb 24-recommitted to Appropriations & Revenue (H)

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