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Title XXIX OWNERSHIP AND CONVEYANCE OF PROPERTY

Chapter 444

Effective - 28 Aug 1979 bottom

  444.925.  Entry upon property by commission staff, procedure — acquisition of land by commission — use and disposal of land — price — public hearings. — 1.  If the commission, pursuant to an approved state program, makes a finding of fact that:

  (1)  Land or water resources have been adversely affected by past coal mining practices; and

  (2)  The adverse effects are at a stage where, in the public interest, action to restore, reclaim, abate, control, or prevent should be taken; and

  (3)  The owners of the land or water resources where entry must be made to restore, reclaim, abate, control, or prevent the adverse effects of past coal mining practices are not known, or readily available; or

  (4)  The owners will not give permission to enter upon such property to restore, reclaim, abate, control, or prevent the adverse effects of past coal mining practices; then, upon giving notice by mail to the owners if known or if not known by posting notice upon the premises and advertising once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the land lies, the commission, its agents, employees, or contractors, shall have the right to enter upon the property adversely affected by past coal mining practices and any other property to have access to such property to do all things necessary or expedient to restore, reclaim, abate, control, or prevent the adverse effects.  Such entry shall be construed as an exercise of the police power for the protection of public health, safety, and general welfare and shall not be construed as an act of condemnation of property nor of trespass thereon.  The moneys expended for such work and the benefits accruing to any such premises so entered upon shall be chargeable against such land and shall mitigate or offset any claim in or any action brought by any owner of any interest in such premises for any alleged damages by virtue of such entry; provided, however, that this provision is not intended to create new rights of action or eliminate existing immunities.

  2.  The commission, its agents, employees, or contractors shall have the right to enter upon any property for the purpose of conducting studies or exploratory work to determine the existence of adverse effects of past coal mining practices and to determine the feasibility of restoration, reclamation, abatement, control, or prevention of such adverse effects.  Such entry shall be construed as an exercise of the police power for the protection of public health, safety, and general welfare and shall not be construed as an act of condemnation of property nor trespass thereon.

  3.  The commission may acquire any land, by purchase, donation, or condemnation, which is adversely affected by past coal mining practices if the commission determines that acquisition of such land is necessary to successful reclamation and that:

  (1)  The acquired land, after restoration, reclamation, abatement, control, or prevention of the adverse effects of past coal mining practices, will serve recreation and historic purposes, conservation and reclamation purposes or provide open space benefits; and

  (2)  Permanent facilities such as a treatment plant or a relocated stream channel will be constructed on the land for the restoration, reclamation, abatement, control or prevention of the adverse effects of past coal mining practices; or

  (3)  Acquisition of coal refuse disposal sites and all coal refuse thereon will serve the purposes of sections 444.915 to 444.940 or that public ownership is desirable to meet emergency situations and prevent recurrences of the adverse effects of past coal mining practices.

  4.  Title to all lands acquired pursuant to this section shall be in the name of the state.  The price paid for land acquired under this section shall reflect the market value of the land as adversely affected by past coal mining practices.

  5.  Where land acquired pursuant to this section is deemed to be suitable for industrial, commercial, residential, or recreational development, the commission may sell such land by public sale under a system of competitive bidding, at not less than fair market value and under such other regulations promulgated to insure that such lands are put to proper use consistent with local and state land use plans, if any.

  6.  The commission, when requested after appropriate public notice shall hold a public hearing, with the appropriate notice, in the county or counties in which lands acquired pursuant to this section are located.  The hearings shall be held at a time which shall afford local citizens and governments the maximum opportunity to participate in the decision concerning the use or* disposition of the lands after restoration, reclamation, abatement, control, or prevention of the adverse effects of past coal mining practices.

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(L. 1979 H.B. 459)

*Word "of" appears in original rolls.


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