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Environmental Quality Council meets January 15-16 in Helena

Monday, December 23, 2019/Categories: Legislative Branch/Tags:

The Environmental Quality Council meets January 15-16 as part of Legislative Week. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. on January 15 in Room 172 of the Capitol. Major topics of discussion include:

  • HJ 38 study of bonding, decommissioning, and remediation for energy facilities
  • SJ 20 study of wilderness study areas
  • Chronic wasting disease
  • SJ 30 study of wildlife location data

The EQC will also revisit its decision in September to object to a Department of Environmental Quality proposal to increase subdivision fees used to pay for work to review plats and subdivisions and conduct inspections and enforcement activities.

Other topics on the agenda include sage grouse conservation program activities and staffing, agency compliance and enforcement reports, and agency litigation reports.

Representatives on the council are Jim Keane, chair, D-Butte; Willis Curdy, D-Missoula; Steve Gunderson, R-Libby; Bradley Maxon Hamlett, D-Cascade; Theresa Manzella, R-Hamilton; and Kerry White, R-Bozeman. Senators are Mike Lang, vice chair, R-Malta; Pat Flowers, D-Bozeman; Steve Hinebauch, R-Wibaux; JP Pomnichowski, D-Bozeman; Carey Smith, R-Bozeman; and Gene Vuckovich, D-Anaconda. Public members are Scott Aspenlieder, Billings; John Brenden, Scobey; Rex Rogers, Boulder; and Matt Vincent, Butte.

The meeting is live streamed at http://leg.mt.gov and broadcast on the Montana Public Affairs Network (MPAN). Check local channel listings to find MPAN. 

For more information on the council's activities, visit the council's website or contact Joe Kolman, council staff.

Council website: http://leg.mt.gov/eqc

Council staff: jkolman@mt.gov or 406-444-9280


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