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Power Plant Siting Scientific Advisory Task Force
Function: Research and make recommendations concerning issues relating to power plant siting.
Active dates:1977 -
Power Plant Siting Scientific Advisory Committee
Authority to create a scientific committee was enacted in 1977. "The board may appoint one or more advisory committee composed of technical and scientific experts to conduct research and make recommendations concerning generic issues such as health and safety, underground routes, double circuiting and long range route and site planning. Reimbursement for expenses incurred shall be made pursuant to the rules governing reimbursement of slate employees."
In 1988 the statute changed to allow for the creation of a [SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE TASK FORCE.] "The board may appoint one or more advisory committee task forces composed of technical and scientific experts. The task forces expire as provided in section 15.059, subdivision 6."
A September 24, 2013 letter to Representative Paul Thissen, Speaker of the House and Chair, Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy, stated the following: The Commission [Public Utilities Commission] is authorized to appoint a task force composed of technical and scientific experts to conduct research and make recommendations concerning generic issues such as health and safety.
The Commission has not to date appointed such a task force for these purposes. Nonetheless, we believe it would be appropriate to retain this authority in Statute in case the Commission determines such scientific and technical input would be useful in a future proceeding." (See Report listed below for complete letter).
The Power Plant Siting Scientific Advisory Task Force was reviewed by the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy (LCPFP) in 2013 as part of their biennial duty required by Minn. Stat. 3.885 Subd. 11. The LCPFP's 2013 Recommendations called for keeping the task force.
Technical and scientific experts; appointed by Environmental Quality Board (may appoint); terms not specified; members reimbursed for expenses.
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