South Dakota Lonetree Waste Faciliy Referral (1992)
Referred Law #1 was an act to approve the siting, construction and operation of the Lonetree solid waste disposal facility.
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State law requires that before a large-scale solid waste facility is sited, constructed, or operated, the Legislature must enact a bill allowing such activity and declare the facility to be environmentally safe and in the public interest. In 1991, the Legislature enacted a bill, now known as Referred Law #1, which approved the "Lonetree" solid waste disposal facility, subject to the terms and conditions of its solid waste permits, and declared the facility to be environmentally safe and in the public interest.
A Referendum was filed after Referred Law #1 was passed by the Legislature. The law approving the "Lonetree" large-scale waste facility does not become effective unless adopted by the voters. Adoption of the referred law will fulfill the requirements of the existing state law which demands legislative approval of the "Lonetree" solid waste facility. However, the solid waste permits for "Lonetree" have been declared invalid in a court decision. The "Lonetree" facility may not be able to operate even if the referred law is adopted.