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49-402a.Jurisdiction and authority vested in department of health and environment; powers, duties and functions conferred; abolition of board and office of executive director; application of documentary references and designations; rules and regulations, permits, orders and directives continued in effect until superseded. (a) The Kansas department of health and environment shall have jurisdiction and authority to regulate the reclamation of lands affected by surface mining operations in order to encourage productive use of such lands.

(b) Except as otherwise provided by this act, all of the powers, duties and functions of the state corporation commission relating to mined-land conservation and reclamation are hereby transferred to and conferred and imposed upon the Kansas department of health and environment.

(c) The mined-land conservation and reclamation board and the office of executive director created by K.S.A. 49-404, and amendments thereto, are hereby abolished.

(d) Except as otherwise provided by this act, all of the powers, duties and functions of the existing mined-land conservation and reclamation board are hereby transferred to and conferred and imposed upon the secretary of the Kansas department of health and environment.

(e) Except as otherwise provided by this act, the secretary of the Kansas department of health and environment shall be the successor in every way to the powers, duties and functions of the mined-land conservation and reclamation board in which the same were vested prior to the effective date of this act. Every act performed in the exercise of such powers, duties and functions by or under the authority of the secretary of the Kansas department of health and environment shall be deemed to have the same force and effect as if performed by the mined-land conservation and reclamation board in which such powers, duties and functions were vested prior to the effective date of this act.

(f) Except as otherwise provided by this act, whenever the mined-land conservation and reclamation board, or words of like effect, is referred to or designated by a statute, contract or other document, such reference shall be deemed to apply to the secretary of the Kansas department of health and environment.

(g) All rules and regulations of the mined-land conservation and reclamation board in existence on the effective date of this act shall continue to be effective and shall be deemed to be duly adopted rules and regulations of the secretary of the Kansas department of health and environment until revised, amended, revoked or nullified pursuant to law.

(h) All permits, orders and directives of the mined-land conservation and reclamation board in existence on the effective date of this act shall continue to be effective and shall be deemed to be permits, orders and directives of the secretary of the Kansas department of health and environment until revised, amended, revoked or nullified pursuant to law.

History: L. 1988, ch. 192, § 1; July 1.



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