Date Requested: February 09, 2015
Time Requested: 02:29 PM
Agency: Environmental Protection, Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
1024 Introduced HB2119
CBD Subject: Environment


FUND(S):



Sources of Revenue:

General Fund

Legislation creates:

A New Program



Fiscal Note Summary


Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.


    There is no way to estimate the financial impact of this proposed legislation, as it is written. There would be a cost related to sampling and cataloging the coal samples, as well as a cost of storing these samples and testing them against current production. In addition, there are financial implications due to the impact of coal production on the waters of the United States and discharges into the Air. The coal production is governed by the Federal Office of Surface Mining and the water and air impacts are governed by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. Anything that would fall out of either of these agencies' jurisdictions could prevent West Virginia from receiving federal funding from them.
    



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2015
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2016
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    There is no way to estimate the fiscal impact of this legislation.
    



Memorandum


    The bill does not specify what types of test would be run on the samples, how they would be maintained, what would cause coal production to be compared to the sample being maintained. There is no mechanism to determine authority or use. There is no authority to develop rules. There would have to be a mechanism to determine the criteria for intrastate; especially related to operations on the borders of the State. Federal dollars from multiple Federal agencies could be jeopardized if this legislation was passed.
    



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Jean Sheppard
    Email Address: jean.j.sheppard@wv.gov