An Act To Amend Environmental Permitting Standards
Sec. 1. 38 MRSA §344, sub-§2-A, ¶D, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 325, §4, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
(1) The commissioner shall accept public comment on an application during the course of processing the application. The commissioner shall set a deadline for receiving public comments.
(2) The commissioner may not issue the final decision until 10 business days after the close of the public comment period. The commissioner's final decision must include responses to the public comments.
Sec. 2. 38 MRSA §480-C, sub-§5 is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. 38 MRSA §480-II is enacted to read:
§ 480-II. Small-scale wind energy development; permit requirements
A person proposing to construct a small-scale wind energy development must demonstrate adequate financial capacity to decommission the development at any time during construction or operation of the development, or upon termination of development operations for any reason. The obligation to decommission the development must be transferred to any future owner of the development in the event of a transfer of title. Decommissioning is required if the development's purpose or use is abandoned for a period of one year at any time after construction begins. Demonstration of financial capacity to decommission must include documentation of financial assurance that the decommissioning costs will be fully funded prior to the start of construction. Financial assurance may be demonstrated in the form of a performance bond, surety bond, letter of credit or other form of financial assurance acceptable to the department.
A public informational meeting must be held in accordance with department rules for permit application for a small-scale wind energy development.
Sec. 4. 38 MRSA §840, sub-§7 is enacted to read:
This subsection is repealed September 30, 2016.
Sec. 5. Authorization to report out a bill. The Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources may report out a bill related to the establishment of water level regimes under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, chapter 5, subchapter 1, article 3-A, subarticle 4 to the Second Regular Session of the 127th Legislature.