(1) The Director of the Department of Environmental Quality shall issue a general permit for the discharge of geothermal spring water to surface water. The general permit shall cover any activity with the following characteristics:
(a) The chemical nature of the water is not changed;
(b) The temperature of the water remains unchanged or is reduced; and
(c) The surface water into which the geothermal spring water is discharged is the naturally occurring junction of the geothermal spring water and surface water.
(2) Nothing in subsection (1) of this section shall be construed to preclude the director from issuing a general permit for any other activity involving the discharge of geothermal spring water.
(3) As used in this section, “geothermal spring water” means water that emerges naturally from the earth as a result of gravity flow or artesian pressure and that is capable of being used for heating as a result of the naturally occurring thermal characteristics of the water. [1997 c.547 §2]Section: Previous 468B.066 468B.070 468B.075 468B.080 468B.083 468B.085 468B.090 468B.093 468B.095 468B.100 468B.105 468B.110 468B.120 468B.125 468B.130 Next
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