March 22, 2005





ENGROSSED

HOUSE BILL No. 1078

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DIGEST OF HB 1078 (Updated March 21, 2005 11:02 am - DI 77)



Citations Affected: IC 4-4; IC 8-1; IC 14-34.

Synopsis: Coal issues. Revises the reclamation fees per ton of coal produced for surface and underground coal mining operations. Directs the center for coal technology research to investigate matters concerning coal bed methane. Provides that clean coal and energy projects include projects that use coal bed methane.

Effective: July 1, 2005.





Hoffman, Stilwell
(SENATE SPONSORS _ WEATHERWAX, LEWIS)




    January 6, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Natural Resources.
    January 13, 2005, reported _ Do Pass; referred to Committee on Ways and Means pursuant to Rule 127.
    January 27, 2005, reported _ Do Pass.
    February 3, 2005, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.
    February 4, 2005, engrossed.
    February 7, 2005, read third time, passed. Yeas 87, nays 0.

SENATE ACTION

    February 14, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Natural Resources.
    March 21, 2005, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.






March 22, 2005

First Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2005)


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ENGROSSED

HOUSE BILL No. 1078



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning natural and cultural resources.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 4-4-30-5; (05)EH1078.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 4-4-30-5 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 5. The center for coal technology research is established to perform the following duties:
        (1) Develop technologies that can use Indiana coal in an environmentally and economically sound manner.
        (2) Investigate the reuse of clean coal technology byproducts, including fly ash and coal bed methane.
        (3) Generate innovative research in the field of coal use.
        (4) Develop new, efficient, and economical sorbents for effective control of emissions.
        (5) Investigate ways to increase coal combustion efficiency.
        (6) Develop materials that withstand higher combustion temperatures.
        (7) Carry out any other matter concerning coal technology research, including public education, as determined by the center.
        (8) Administer the Indiana coal research grant fund under IC 4-23-5.5-16.
         (9) Investigate the use of coal bed methane in the production of renewable or alternative fuels and renewable energy sources.
SOURCE: IC 8-1-8.8-2; (05)EH1078.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 8-1-8.8-2 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "clean coal and energy projects" means any of the following:
        (1) Any of the following projects:
            (A) Projects at new energy generating facilities that employ the use of clean coal technology and that are fueled primarily by coal or gases, derived from coal from the geological formation known as the Illinois Basin.
            (B) Projects to provide advanced technologies that reduce regulated air emissions from existing energy generating plants that are fueled primarily by coal or gases from coal from the geologic formation known as the Illinois Basin, such as flue gas desulfurization and selective catalytic reduction equipment.
            (C) Projects to provide electric transmission facilities to serve a new energy generating facility.
        (2) Projects to develop alternative energy sources, including renewable energy projects.
        (3) The purchase of fuels produced by a coal gasification facility.
         (4) Projects described in subdivisions (1) through (3) that use coal bed methane.
SOURCE: IC 14-34-13-1; (05)EH1078.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 14-34-13-1 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 1. All operators of surface coal mining operations subject to this article shall pay to the department for deposit in the natural resources reclamation division fund established by IC 14-34-14-2 a reclamation fee of three five and a half cents ($0.03) ($0.055) per ton of coal produced.
SOURCE: IC 14-34-13-2; (05)EH1078.1.4. -->     SECTION 4. IC 14-34-13-2 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 2. Beginning July 1, 2003, All operators of underground coal mining operations subject to this article shall pay to the department for deposit in the natural resources reclamation division fund established by IC 14-34-14-2 a reclamation fee of two three cents ($0.02) ($0.03) per ton of coal produced.