SENATE BILL REPORT
BYSenators Smith and DeJarnatt
Extending exemptions for Mt. St. Helens recovery operations.
Senate Committee on Environment & Natural Resources
Senate Hearing Date(s):February 28, 1989
Majority Report: Do pass.
Signed by Senators Metcalf, Chairman; Amondson, Vice Chairman; Barr, Benitz, Kreidler, Owen, Patterson, Sutherland.
Senate Staff:Vic Moon (786-7469)
March 8, 1989
AS PASSED SENATE, MARCH 7, 1989
The eruption of Mt. St. Helens has required extensive work to keep water channels open and to limit damage from siltation. The continual dredging and filling is necessary and these emergency projects would be delayed if the full permit process had to be followed. Exemptions are monitored by both county government and the state.
The Mt. St. Helens recovery operations exemptions from state water and flood control permits, requirements of the State Environmental Policy Act and Hydraulic Project Act are extended from 1990 to 1995. The hydraulic project permit exemption will include the river area to mile three on the south fork of the Toutle River.
Fiscal Note: none requested
Senate Committee - Testified: Van Youngquist, Chair, Cowlitz County Commissioners (pro); Ed Manary, Department of Fisheries (pro)