JONES FLOOR AMENDMENT
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AMENDMENTS TO H.B. 2278
(Reference to the NATURAL RESOURCES AND RURAL AFFAIRS Committee amendment)
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Strike lines 16, 17 and 18, insert "Through December 31, 2014, and in compliance with specific terms of authorization by the inspector, waste tires may be placed in abandoned mines as fill material for the closure of the mine with final cover consisting of earthen material that is at least ten feet deep."
Page 3, line 27, strike "defined"
Strike lines 28 and 29, insert "provided by section 27-318, subsection F."
Page 10, line 29, strike ", as defined in section 27-301, where" insert "containing"
Strike lines 30 and 31, insert "as fill material as provided by section 27-318, subsection F."
Page 12, between lines 16 and 17, insert:
"Sec. 4. Demonstration project using used tires as fill in abandoned mines; evaluation; abandoned mines demonstration project trust fund
A. Pursuant to section 27-318, subsection F, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended by this act, the state mine inspector shall select up to five abandoned mines in dispersed locations in this state in which to place waste tires as fill material for evaluation pursuant to subsection C of this section.
B. The state mine inspector shall convene an abandoned mine reclamation working group to evaluate the use of waste tires as fill material in the permanent closure of abandoned mines. The working group shall include:
1. The state fire marshal or the marshal's designee.
2. The director of environmental quality or the director's designee.
3. The director of water resources or the director's designee.
4. The director of the department of mines and mineral resources or the director's designee.
5. A representative of a county waste tire collection facility.
6. At the inspector's discretion, one or more representatives of the mining industry or related commercial enterprises.
C. The working group established under subsection B of this section shall evaluate the effectiveness of waste tires as fill material for abandoned mines and determine any public safety and water quality consequences from the underground presence of waste tires.
D. The abandoned mines demonstration project trust fund is established consisting of gifts, grants and contributions specifically designated for the fund. Monies in the fund are exempt from the provisions of section 35‑190, Arizona Revised Statutes, relating to lapsing of appropriations. The state mine inspector shall administer the fund. Monies in the fund shall be held in trust and are continuously appropriated to the inspector for the sole purposes of this section, in addition to any monies available from the abandoned mines safety fund pursuant to section 27‑131, Arizona Revised Statutes.
Sec. 5. Delayed repeal; transfer of monies
A. Section 4 of this act, relating to the demonstration project using used tires as fill in abandoned mines, is repealed from and after December 31, 2014.
B. On December 31, 2014, any monies remaining unexpended and unencumbered in the abandoned mines demonstration project trust fund established by this act are transferred to the abandoned mines safety fund established by section 27‑131, Arizona Revised Statutes."