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2015-2016 Regular Session

EIGHTEENTH MEETING - Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance

February 24, 2015

STATE OF MINNESOTA EIGHTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-NINTH SESSION


ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES
POLICY & FINANCE COMMITTEE


MINUTES


Representative McNamara, Chair of the Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 8:17 a.m. on February 24, 2015 in Hearing Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

MCNAMARA, Denny, Chair HEINTZEMAN, Josh
FABIAN, Dan, VC HORNSTEIN, Frank
CLARK, Karen JOHNSON, Clark
CORNISH, Tony NEWBERGER, Jim
Dill, David PERSELL, John
FENTON, Kelly POPPE, Jeanne
FISCHER, Peter RARICK, Jason
GREEN, Steve TORKELSON, Paul
HANCOCK, David UGLEM, Mark
HANSEN, Rick
HAUSMAN, Alice

Members Excused: HACKBARTH, Tom

A quorum was present.

Representative Green moved that the minutes from the committee meeting on February 19, 2015 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative McNamara moved that HF1000 be laid over for possible inclusion to the omnibus bill.

Representative Melin presented HF1000 (Wild rice quality standard application prohibited until commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency adopts rules to establish criteria for designating waters subject to a wild rice water quality standard).

Testifying before committee on HF1000 were:

Tony Kwilas, Director of Environmental Policy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce;
Kurt Anderson, Minnesota Power;
Chris Vreeland, City Council Member, Hoyt Lakes;
Bradley Hadrava, City Council Member, Eveleth;
Larry Sutherland, Vice President Mining Solutions, US Steel;
Chrissy Bartovitch, Environmental Director, Minnesota Ore Operations, US Steel;
Rob Beranek, Mgr. of Water Regulatory Strategy & Planning, Cliffs Natural Resources;
Paula Maccabee, Water Legacy;
Kevin Reuther, Legal Director, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy;
Winona LaDuke;
Charlie Thayer;
Sharon Day;
Bob Tammen;
Rebecca Flood, Assistant Commissioner for Water Policy, MPCA;
Shannon Lotthammer, Director, Environmental Analysis and Outcomes Division, MPCA.

At 9:41 a.m. Vice Chair Fabian assumed the gavel.
At 9:44 a.m. Chairman McNamara assumed the gavel.


The meeting was adjourned at 10:02 a.m.




Representative Denny McNamara, Chair




Greg Exley, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Bills Added:
  • HF1000 (Melin) - Wild rice quality standard application prohibited until Pollution Control Agency commissioner adopts rules to establish criteria for designating waters subject to a wild rice water quality standard.
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HF1000 (Melin) Wild rice quality standard application prohibited until commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency adopts rules to establish criteria for designating waters subject to a wild rice water quality standard. Runs 1 hour, 46 minutes.