Solid Waste (9)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

HB 0094 NeutralSolid Waste Management - Landfill Requirements for Accepting Coal Ash Jeff Jones
2/5/2019 House Second Readers Natural Resources and Environment --
2019/01/31 Report Kathleen Bowen Solid Waste Water Quality
This legislation requires municipal solid waste landfill owners/operators who are seeking a minor modification of an existing permit to allow for the receipt of coal combustion residuals (CCR) to notify the public of the intent to receive CCR. The bill also includes new requirements for construction and ground-water detection monitoring for landfills who are accepting CCR.
HB 0220 SupportReauthorize Hazardous and Solid Waste Trust Funds Terry Rogers
6/30/2019 Effective Date Natural Resources and Environment Finance -
2019/02/15 Report 2019/02/22 Report 2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/15 Report 2019/03/29 Report
Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Solid Waste
This legislation renews the fees that make up the Hazardous Waste Trust Fund (HWTF) and the Solid Waste Trust Fund (SWTF) for three years, from July 1, 2019 to July 1, 2022. 

Effective from July 1, 2020, until June 30, 2022, the  75¢ per ton of solid waste disposal fee would be reduced to 51¢ per ton. Effective from July 1, 2020, until June 30, 2022, the $1 fee imposed upon the retail sale of all new replacement tires would be reduced to 38¢ per tire sold. In effect, the fees are reduced by the percentages that were not appropriated for their intended purposes in the last completed fiscal year, 2018.

The HWTF and SWTF support efforts including clean-up of abandoned contaminated sites, leaking landfills, scrap tires and illegal dumps; in addition, funds go towards waste reduction and recycling programs. 

ACCG supports the reauthorization of both trust funds but is advocating for the successful passage of HR 164, a constitutional amendment that authorizes the Georgia General Assembly to establish, by statute, true and dedicated trust funds.
HB 0756 EvaluatingCoal Ash Storage Requirements Robert Trammell
1/15/2020 House Second Readers Natural Resources and Environment --
2020/01/17 Report Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Solid Waste
This legislation would require coal combustion residual (coal ash) to be stored in a solid waste facility that had a liner and leachate collection system that meets design standards required for new municipal solid waste landfills. In effect, coal ash residuals would be treated the same as municipal solid waste. This legislation is mainly in response to Georgia Power's plans to close their coal ash ponds - details found here. Similar legislation, SB 297, has been introcued in the Senate. 
HB 0929 NeutralCoal Ash Pond Regulations Vance Smith
6/17/2020 Senate - Senate Withdrawn & Recommitted Natural Resources and Environment Natural Resources and the Environment -
2020/02/21 Report 2020/03/06 Report 2020/03/13 Report Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment
Solid Waste
This legislation codifies state and federal rules regulating coal combustion residual surface impoundments (coal ash ponds). Post-closure care will take place for a minimum of 30 years that will include ground-water monitoring. In addition, EPD would be required to conduct an inspection of the coal ash pond at least annually during the closure period and at least once every five years following the completion of the closure.
HB 0959 SupportPrivate Landfills: Host Fee Increase for Coal Ash Steven Meeks
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Natural Resources and Environment Assignments -
2020/02/21 Report 2020/03/06 Report 2020/03/13 Report Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment
Solid Waste
This bill increases the minimum host fee applied to coal ash from $1 to $2.50 per ton. Coal ash would now be charged the same host fee per ton as regular household waste. This increase (and a host fee) only applies to a municipal solid waste disposal facility that is owned by a private entity. Lastly, the bill reduces the restrictions on how the host fee can be spent from 50% to 40%. 
HB 1062 SupportSolid Waste Facility - Restrictions If Close to Satilla River Steven Meeks
3/2/2020 House Second Readers Natural Resources and Environment --
2020/02/28 Report Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Solid Waste
This legislation would prevent a permit or permit modification from being issued for a solid waste facility or coal combustion residual landfill if it was located within three miles of a blackwater river. Legislation defines "blackwater river" as one being wholly contained within the borders of this state and originating on the coastal plain, and which flows directly into the ocean. The Satilla River is the targeted river. This bill would not apply to any municipal solid waste disposal facility for which a permit was issued and was operating during or prior to 2019.
HB 1081 EvaluatingReduced Landfill Host Fee For Auto Shredder Residue Trey Rhodes
3/3/2020 House Second Readers Natural Resources and Environment --
2020/03/06 Report Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Solid Waste
This legislation would reduce the host fee from $2.50 to $1 per ton for auto shredder residue that is being disposed at a privately owned landfill. Auto shredder residue is defined as the residue, after the removal of metals, from the shredding of automobiles and major household appliances.  
SB 0356 SupportLandfill Expansion Allowed Near Military Bombing Ranges William Ligon
2/24/2020 House Second Readers Natural Resources and Environment Natural Resources and the Environment -
Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Solid Waste
This legislation would allow an existing landfill (in McIntosh County) to expand within two miles of military air space used as bombing ranges. Current law prohibits such expansion. 
SB 0384 SupportSolid Waste Facility - Restrictions If Close to Satilla River William Ligon
6/24/2020 House - House Committee Favorably Reported Natural Resources and Environment Natural Resources and the Environment -
2020/02/21 Report 2020/02/28 Report 2020/03/13 Report Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment
Solid Waste
This legislation would prevent a permit or permit modification from being issued for a solid waste facility or coal combustion residual landfill if it was located within three miles of a blackwater river. Legislation defines "blackwater river" as one being wholly contained within the borders of this state and originating on the coastal plain, and which flows directly into the ocean. The Satilla River is the targeted river. This bill would not apply to any municipal solid waste disposal facility for which a permit was issued and was operating during or prior to 2019.
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