STATE OF MINNESOTA FIRST JOINT MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES INTERIM
HOUSE ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES FINANCE DIVISION
SENATE ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES BUDGET DIVISION
HOUSE HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND FINANCE DIVISION
SENATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BUDGET DIVISION
Chair Anderson called the meeting to order at 12:30 P.M. on January 25, 2008, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
House members present:
Wagenius, Jean (Chair)
Rukavina, Tom (Chair)
Doty, Al (Vice Chair)
Carlson, Lyndon (ex-officio)
Solberg, Loren (ex-officio)
House members excused:
Murphy, Mary (ex-officio)
A quorum was present.
Chair Anderson explained the purpose of the meeting.
The following testified on the impacts of sulfide mining:
David Chambers, Executive Director, Center for Science in Public Participation
Thomas Power, Economics Professor, University of Montana
Nancy Schuldt, Water Projects Coordinator, Fond du Lac Reservation
Bob Tammen, Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness
James Skurla, University of Minnesota - Duluth
Richard Lichty, Retired
Jim Miller, University of Minnesota - Duluth
Peter Pastika, Administrator, City of Babbitt
Bob Bratlich, United Steelworkers of America
Peter Zetterberg, University of Minnesota
Tim Strom, House Research
Brad Moore, Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
Marty Vadis, Director of Lands and Minerals Division, MPCA
Jennifer Engstrom, MPCA
Ann Foss, MPCA
Frank Ongaro, Executive Director, Mining Minnesota
Joe Scipioni, Chief Operating Officer, Polymet
LaTisha Gietzen, Vice President of Environment and Public Affairs, Polymet
Bill Brice, Director of Government and Community Relations, Franconia Minerals
The meeting adjourned at about 5:30 P.M.
Jean Wagenius, Chair
Melissa Hysing, Committee Legislative Assistant