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Interstate Mining Compact Bill Crosses Important Hurdle: House Version Passes, Referred to S. Finance

(Juneau) Legislation to enact the Interstate Mining Compact, allowing Alaska full membership in the Compact with other mineral-producing states, passed the House on Monday and was referred today to the Senate Finance committee. The bill, HB 360, was introduced by the House State Affairs committee. Sen. Cathy Giessel sponsored the Senate companion, SB 206.

 “Alaska has been an associate member of the Interstate Mining Compact for a number of years, and this legislation allows us to become a full voting member,” Sen. Giessel said. “The compact focuses on establishing standards for protecting land, air and water resources, as well as reclamation after mining has stopped

 “Alaska has excellent mining law under Title 27, including a comprehensive coal mining reclamation law that’s been in place for 30 years. Production of Alaska’s mineral resources has worked very well in concert with protection of our land and water. By joining this compact with other states, we can build on our successes, share what works with others, and benefit from the Commission’s long standing and effective relationship with the Federal government and Congress.”

 “I appreciate Rep. Bob Lynn’s leadership in carrying the bill through the House committees and on the House floor. I look forward to expeditious action in the Senate, so we can become full members of the Compact this year.”

 The purpose of the Interstate Mining Compact is to advance an efficient and productive mining sector and provide a forum for collaboration and advocacy of best practices among member states. The Compact places emphasis on protection of the land, water and other resources affected by mining activities.

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