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HOUSE BILL NO. 7

INTRODUCED BY J. KEANE

BY REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION AND THE OFFICE OF BUDGET AND PROGRAM PLANNING

 

AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECLAMATION AND DEVELOPMENT GRANTS PROGRAM; APPROPRIATING MONEY TO THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION FOR GRANTS UNDER THE RECLAMATION AND DEVELOPMENT GRANTS PROGRAM; PRIORITIZING PROJECT GRANTS AND AMOUNTS; ESTABLISHING CONDITIONS FOR GRANTS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:

 

     Section 1.  Appropriations for reclamation and development grants. (1) There is appropriated to the department of natural resources and conservation from the natural resources projects state special revenue account established in 15-38-302 up to:

     (a) $800,000 for grants for planning reclamation and development projects to be awarded by the department over the course of the biennium; and

     (b) $500,000 to implement measures to control invasive aquatic species in state waters.

     (2) The amount of $4,079,129 is appropriated to the department of natural resources and conservation from the natural resources projects state special revenue account established in 15-38-302 for grants to political subdivisions and local governments during the biennium beginning July 1, 2017. The funds in this subsection must be awarded by the department to the named entities for the described purposes and in the grant amounts set out in subsection (4) subject to the conditions set forth in [sections 2 and 3] and the contingencies described in the reclamation and development grant program January 2017 report to the 65th legislature.

     (3) Funds must be awarded up to the amounts approved in this section in the order of priority listed in subsection (4) until available funds are expended. Funds not accepted or used by higher-ranked projects must be provided for projects farther down the priority list that would not otherwise receive funding. After all eligible projects are funded, remaining funds may be used for any reclamation and development project authorized under this section.

     (4) The following are the prioritized grant projects:

Applicant/Project      Amount

Granite Conservation District

     (Flint Creek Watershed Metals Remediation

     - Fred Burr Creek, Rumsey Mill Tailings)      $500,000

Montana Department of Environmental Quality

     (Tramway Creek Mine Reclamation Project)      $432,500

Harlowton, City of

     (Removal of Contaminated Soils and Free

     Product at the Harlowton Roundhouse in Harlowton, MT)     $300,000

Lewistown, City of

     (Cleanup of the Central Post and

     Treating Company in Lewistown, MT)     $475,000

East Helena Public Schools

     (Dartman Field Reclamation Project)     $500,000

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

     (Revais Creek Mine Tailings Reclamation)      $302,074

Missoula County Community and Planning Services

     (Ninemile Creek Housem Placer Mine Reclamation)     $420,000

Lincoln Conservation District

     (Tobacco River Restoration Project -

     Engineering and Implementation)     $395,136

Richland County Conservation District

     (Mitigating Impacts to the Fox Hills/Hell

      Creek Aquifer, Richland County)     $454,419

Montana Department of Environmental Quality

     (Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex - Wetland Connection)     $300,000

Deer Lodge, City of

     (Milwaukee Roundhouse CECRA Site Passenger

     Refueling Area VCRA Program Remediation)      $294,250

City and County of Butte-Silver Bow, Planning Department

     (Butte-Silver Bow Erosion Control

     and Vegetation Enhancement Program)     $185,307

Fort Belknap Indian Community

     (Landusky Pit and Swift Gulch Capture Wells to Reduce Acid Mine Discharge to

     State Waters and the Fort Belknap

     Indian Reservation, Montana)     $132,000

Montana Department of Environmental Quality

     (Basin Creek Mine - Phase 2 Site Stability Project)     $300,000

Ruby Valley Conservation District

     (California Creek Mining Reclamation -

     Multi-Phase Stream and Floodplain Restoration)     $62,625

Deer Lodge Valley Conservation District

     (Mt. Haggin Uplands Restoration Project)      $74,405

Mile High Conservation District

     (Conifer Encroachment Reduction Project)      $32,809

Deer Lodge Valley Conservation District

     (Oregon Creek Placer Mine Reclamation)     $58,610

Roosevelt County

     (Kenco Refinery Cleanup)     $275,000

 

     Section 2.  Coordination of fund sources for grants to political subdivisions and local governments. A project sponsor listed under [section 1] may not receive funds from both the reclamation and development grants program and the renewable resource grant and loan program for the same project during the same biennium.

 

     Section 3.  Conditions of grants. Disbursement of funds under [section 1] is subject to the following conditions that must be met by the project sponsor:

     (1) A scope of work and budget for the project must be approved by the department of natural resources and conservation. Any changes in scope of work or budget subsequent to legislative approval may not change project goals and objectives. Changes in activities that would reduce the public or natural resource benefits as presented in department of natural resources and conservation reports and applicant testimony to the 65th legislature may result in a proportional reduction in the grant amount.

     (2) The project sponsor shall show satisfactory completion of conditions described in the recommendation section of the project narrative of the program report to the legislature for the biennium ending June 30, 2019, or, in the case of planning grants issued under [section 1], completion of conditions specified at the time of written notification of approved grant authority.

     (3) The project sponsor must have a fully executed grant agreement with the department.

     (4) Any other specific requirements considered necessary by the department must be met to accomplish the purpose of the grant as evidenced from the application to the department or from the proposal as presented to the legislature.

 

     Section 4.  Other appropriations. There is appropriated to any entity of state government that receives a grant under [section 1] the amount of the grant upon award of the grant by the department of natural resources and conservation. Grants to entities from prior bienniums are reauthorized for completion of contract work.

 

     Section 5.  Approval of grants -- completion of biennial appropriation. The legislature, pursuant to 90-2-1111, approves the reclamation and development grants listed in [section 1]. The authorization of these grants constitutes a biennial appropriation from the natural resources projects state special revenue account established in 15-38-302.

 

     Section 6.  Notification to tribal governments. The secretary of state shall send a copy of [this act] to each tribal government located on the seven Montana reservations and to the Little Shell Chippewa tribe.

 

     Section 7.  Coordination instruction. If both [this act] and an act that provides additional funding for reclamation and development grants from bond proceeds are passed and approved, the projects listed in [section 1(4)] that do not receive funding from the appropriation in [section 1(2)] may receive funding from the appropriation in the other act designated for reclamation and development grants in the order of completion of the conditions of [section 3] and to the extent that there is appropriation authority available. The project applicant must complete the conditions of [section 3] by September 30, 2020, or any obligation to the project is void.

 

     Section 8.  Severability. If a part of [this act] is invalid, all valid parts that are severable from the invalid part remain in effect. If a part of [this act] is invalid in one or more of its applications, the part remains in effect in all valid applications that are severable from the invalid applications.

 

     Section 9.  Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 2017.

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