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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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S.136

Introduced by Senator Lyons of Chittenden District and Senator Condos of Chittenden District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Conservation; solid waste; landfills

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to establish a working group to analyze the current state law for solid waste management facilities and to recommend best management practices for the operation of such facilities.

AN ACT RELATING TO A SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITIES WORKING GROUP

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITIES WORKING GROUP

The agency of natural resources shall convene a working group, by no later than July 1, 2007, to review the statutory and regulatory requirements for solid waste management facilities in Vermont and to develop best management practices for solid waste facilities in the state.  The working group shall include: one member of the senate to be appointed by the committee on committees, one member of the house of representatives to be appointed by the speaker of the house, the secretary of natural resources or his or her designee, two representatives of solid waste management districts to be appointed by the districts, two representatives of citizens groups involved with solid waste issues to be appointed by the speaker of the house, a member of the Vermont league of cities and towns to be appointed by the league, and a representative of an environmental group to be appointed by the committee on committees.  The working group shall report to the house and senate committees on natural resources and energy by January 15, 2008.  The report shall include:

(1)  A summary of the current state law for solid waste management facility siting and certification in Vermont;

(2)  An analysis of how and if current state law helps or hinders waste reduction in the state, including the impact of subsidies, the policies of solid waste management districts, recycling mandates, and funding for waste reduction;

(3)  An analysis of the effectiveness of current state and federal law for solid waste management facility siting and certification in Vermont;

(4)  An evaluation of existing solid waste management in the state, including number of landfills serving the state, capacity of existing landfills, the current and future impacts of existing landfills, and any current excess landfill capacity or need for additional landfill capacity;

(5)  An analysis of the future needs of Vermont for solid waste disposal and solid waste management facilities;

(6)  An analysis of and recommendation regarding whether solid waste management facilities in Vermont should be subject to a certificate of need process;

(7)  Recommended best management practices for the siting of solid waste management facilities;

(8)  An assessment of the comprehensive costs of landfills, including short- and long-term health impacts, environmental impacts, impacts on property values, and other economic impacts;

(9)  An analysis of the costs and benefits of implementing a

cradle-to-grave waste management scheme, including requiring industry or businesses to take responsibility for the solid waste produced from the packaging and sale of products;

(10)  Recommended environmental best management practices, including:

(A)  Policies to further promote and implement the reduction, recycling, and reuse of solid waste;

(B)  Methods for separating waste streams;

(C)  Policies or incentives to encourage reduced waste disposal;

(D)  Improving and maximizing methane gas management;

(E)  Reducing the impacts of solid waste production and management on climate change; and

(F)  Mitigating the impacts of solid waste transportation on town and state highway infrastructure and neighboring property owners.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us