An Act To Prohibit the Mining of Massive Sulfide Ore Deposits under the Maine Metallic Mineral Mining Act
Sec. 1. 38 MRSA §490-MM, sub-§7-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 38 MRSA §490-OO, sub-§4, ¶K is enacted to read:
This bill amends the Maine Metallic Mineral Mining Act to prohibit the Department of Environmental Protection from approving an application for a mining permit if the applicant proposes to mine a metallic mineral ore deposit that contains a massive sulfide ore deposit. The bill defines a "massive sulfide ore deposit" as a metal sulfide ore deposit that, as determined by the Maine Geological Survey, contains in total 1,000,000 tons or more of metallic minerals.