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Land Use:
aggregate mine reclamation law; exemption

Our Position: oppose
Bill Number: SB1260
Sponsor: S. Allen
Legislative Session: 2009 Legislative Session

SB1260 is a retread of last year's HB2666, which died in committee.  SB1260 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, they should not add another.  

This is one of many bills to give sand and gravel companies exemptions.

Status

To read the bill or see a more detailed status, click on SB1260.

Action Needed

Please contact Governor Brewer and ask her to veto SB1259 and SB1260.  Call her at (602) 542-4331 or toll free at 1-(800) 253-0883.  You can email here by clicking on Governor Brewer and then filling in the online form.

Contact

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

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