SEC. 51-3-15. State Permit Board as permitting authority; powers; hearings.
(1) The State Permit Board, as created in Section 49-17-28, shall serve as the permitting authority for this chapter. It shall promulgate such regulations and forms as it deems necessary and appropriate to carry out its permitting duties under this chapter.
(2) The board shall have the power to:
(a) Grant such permit with such conditions upon the issuance of a permit as it reasonably deems necessary to effectuate the purposes of this chapter.
(b) Grant any temporary or emergency permit for such a period of time as the board shall specify where conditions make such temporary or emergency permit essential.
(c) Modify or revoke any permit upon not less than sixty (60) days' written notice to the permittee affected.
(d) Impose such sanctions as the board deems appropriate for failure to adhere to permit conditions, which sanctions may include termination of such permit.
(e) Deny such permit if the proposed use is found to be contrary to public interest. Any water user wishing to contest the proposed action shall be entitled to a hearing before the board upon request therefor.
(f) Delegate authority to any joint water management district to receive, investigate and make recommendations to the Permit Board regarding applications for permits required under this chapter.
(g) Require all abandoned bore holes and wells more than twenty-five (25) feet deep to be properly plugged to prevent groundwater contamination.
(3) All hearings of the State Permit Board shall be conducted in the same manner as prescribed in subsection (4) of Section 49-17-29.
SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 5956-08; Laws, 1956, ch. 167, Sec. 8; 1958, ch. 196, Sec. 3; 1978, ch. 484, Sec. 36; 1985, ch. 459, Sec. 8, eff from and after passage (approved April 1, 1985).