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Bills MEIC Support | Bills MEIC Oppose
SB 337 - Eliminating Protection for Public Health and Safety

SB 337 would eliminate the Montana Board of Environmental Review. The BER has oversight authority over the Department of Environmental Quality for rule-making, as well as deciding challenges to permit decisions and enforcement actions. The BER acts as an independent body that determines whether DEQ follows the law and whether rules need to be changed to […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in Senate Natural Resources on March 22nd. | Official legislative site

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SB 048 - Direct the DEQ to Assume the Dredge and Fill Program

This bill would require the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to assume the responsibilities of the 404 permitting program, which is currently administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This program protects our rivers, streams, and wetlands by requiring that any person who proposes to impact a Water of the United States must apply […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in House Natural Resources on March 10th. (Passed Senate, 39-11.) | Official legislative site

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SB 248 - Exempting Wells in Family Transfers

This bill would allow anyone using the family transfer exemption in the subdivision and platting act to also be guaranteed an exemption from obtaining a water right for a well that pumps up to 35 gallons per minute.  This would eliminate any checks on the location of the new well and whether it will have any influence […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in House Natural Resources on March 8th. | Official legislative site

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HB 593 - Bonding and Independent Auditing for Mines

This bill would require that mines proposed in sulfide ore bodies post a bond that is 50% greater than the amount normally required. Sulphide ore bodies are the precursor to acid mine drainage, a chemical process that has been the death sentence for several of Montana’s rivers and streams. This bill will also require that […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Tabled in committee on March 22nd, but not dead yet! | Official legislative site

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HB 424 - Recognizing Source Watersheds as a Water Resource

This bill would allow for source watersheds to be considered for the Montana Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program. This bill would protect the people’s right to enjoy the benefits of the state’s water and renewable sources. The grant and loan programs would provide financial assistance for entities to protect watersheds, which are an integral part of maintaining […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in Senate Natural Resources on March 13th. (Passed House, 62-38.) | Official legislative site

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