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2018 House Bill 5638: Revise groundwater withdrawal permit regime

Public Act 209 of 2018

Introduced by Rep. Aaron Miller (R) on February 22, 2018
To revise details of a 2008 law that imposed a comprehensive regulatory regime and restrictions on industrial, commercial and agricultural groundwater use that relies on an extraordinarily complex computer "assessment tool" using various factors including mapping underground water sources to estimate whether a particular withdrawal might have a negative impact. Among other things the bill would establish a rebuttable presumption that a particular use will not create an “adverse resource impact” if the user presents an array of evidence meeting specified standards. It would also repeal a requirement that landowners turn over certain agricultural well use information.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on February 22, 2018
Passed 93 to 15 in the House on May 17, 2018.
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To revise details of a 2008 law that imposed a comprehensive regulatory regime and restrictions on industrial, commercial and agricultural groundwater use. The bill would allow a more streamlined process for proposed withdrawals that meet certain conditions, and establish deadlines for state officials to process permit requests for these. It would also repeal a requirement that landowners make public certain agricultural well use information .
Received in the Senate on May 22, 2018
Referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee on May 22, 2018
Reported in the Senate on May 24, 2018
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Passed 30 to 7 in the Senate on June 6, 2018.
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(same description)
To revise details of a 2008 law that imposed a comprehensive regulatory regime and restrictions on industrial, commercial and agricultural groundwater use. The bill would allow a more streamlined process for proposed withdrawals that meet certain conditions, and establish deadlines for state officials to process permit requests for these. It would also repeal a requirement that landowners make public certain agricultural well use information.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 21, 2018

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