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Other Legislation:
aggregate mine reclamation law; exemption

Our Position: oppose
Bill Number: HB2666
Sponsor: Biggs
Legislative Session: 2008 Legislative Session

It exempts sand and gravel pits which are intermittently used for specific governmental projects from aggregate mine regulatory and reclamation mandates.  It is difficult to see why the bill is necessary or why someone doing government projects should get special consideration – one of the things that feeds into people’s cynicism is government failing to follow its own laws.  There is already a provision in the current law which allows the mine inspector to grant three subsequent five year extensions before any reclamation has to begin, so someone can delay fixing a problem for 15 years.  See A.R.S. 27-1226.  This additional exemption is unnecessary and provides just another loophole for avoiding reclamation and cleaning up a mess.  There are already plenty of opportunities for delays and exemptions in our mining laws, please do not add another. 


The bill ended up getting caught up in the end of session stuff and was retained and therefore died.

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Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org

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