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MRC Dump Plan Draws Overwhelming Opposition

Should a new waste dump be built by the Penobscot in Argyle and/or Greenbush?
Bangor Daily Poll at: http://bangordailynews.com/2014/07/01/news/bangor/proposed-new-landfill-to-get-public-hearing-as-maine-grapples-with-waste-management/?ref=search

On July 2, the DEP held an informational meeting at the Old Town Elks lodge, to gather Public input in order to make a Determination of Public Benefit for the MRC dump proposal.

A determination of Public Benefit is necessary for the project to go forward for final permitting. The Land Use Planning Commission will also have to rule on the project as it would be located in the Unorganized Territories.

Not one of the members of the Public who spoke at the meeting expressed support for the new dump. Several suggested that siting a waste dump in the heart of traditional Penobscot hunting, fishing, and gathering lands around Birch Stream would be a sort of genocide. Penobscot Nation representatives and the Maine Indian Tribal Commission have so far been excluded from the planning for the dump.

Dozens of Penobscot Nation community members marched from the Island across the River to the afternoon meeting. Over a hundred people from local communities, including Argyle, Greenbush, Alton, the Penobscot Nation, Greenfield, and Old Town filled the hall.

People raised concerns about impact on local water supplies, agriculture, hunting and fishing, why a new dump is needed only miles upstream of the State-owned JRL landfill, and whether the creation of a new dump violates the state waste hierarchy that clearly places landfilling as the least preferable method of dealing with waste. Several people raised concerns that the proposed waste facility location appears to be in-line with a proposed East West Industrial Corridor route.

Argyle and Greenbush sit on top of a major aquifer and well-known floodplains. Both communities are on the banks of the Penobscot River, and Argyle is located on Birch Stream and at the headwaters of Alton Bog. Argyle is adjacent to the Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which protects the second largest peatland in Maine.

In 2006 a landslide occurred on the banks of the Penobscot in Greenbush. It moved for 3 days, and undercut Route 2, requiring rebuilding of the route. Experts have determined that there is possibility of more landslides in the area.

The specific location(s), owner(s), and operator(s) of the dump are missing from the application. MRC states the dump would not necessarily be owned and operated by MRC, and could be transferred to a “Successor Entity.”
The application does not contain details on who the “Successor Entity” would be. When a local resident at the hearing asked whether it would be Casella, one of the attending Casella representatives dropped his pen and notebook on the floor, looking flustered.

MRC claims that 72 of its 187 member communities have signed a resolution in support of the plan.
Representative Stacey Guerin of Glenburn spoke at the July 2nd meeting, and referred to a letter filed on behalf of area Representative Anita Peavy Haskell to the DEP, stating that representatives of MRC member communities have communicated that they were not aware that that the resolution they signed would authorize MRC to develop a new dump. At no point in the “Resolution To Continue the Advancement of Post 2018 Planning Process,” that member towns signed, is development of a new landfill ever specifically mentioned.

Not one of the hundreds of people who attended the July 2nd meeting spoke in favor of the MRC dump plan.

Video of the meeting will be posted soon.

More information at: http://bangordailynews.com/slideshow/plan-to-build-landfill-in-argyle-or-greenbush-draws-fire-at-maine-dep-public-meeting/?ref=search

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On May 21, 2014 the Municipal Review Committee Inc (http://mrcmaine.org/) met with residents of Argyle, Maine, site of a planned new landfill and other solid waste processing facilities. The meeting was held at Happy Acres Hall in Alton.

Over 100 local residents responded to the MRC dump proposal with a resounding No!

Further details on this proposal, including the over 100 letters that have been filed in opposition are at the Maine DEP’s site for this project, http://www.maine.gov/dep/waste/mrc/.

Video of the Alton meeting filmed by Eric Tuttle is online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wLTIsdGmYs

More information on the proposed MRC dump at: http://noargyledump.com/

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Posted by on July 3, 2014 in Current Events

 

BEP hears appeal on increase of MSW sent to Old Town JRL dump

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection held a Hearing on June 19, 2014 on the Appeal of DEP approval to increase limits on municipal solid waste for Juniper Ridge Landfill, Old Town, filed by Edward Spencer.

Videos of BEP meeting online at:
Segment 1: http://youtu.be/hgUrS5k-grg
Segment 2: http://youtu.be/DV1yQFCbgNo
Segment 3: http://youtu.be/RUgAwKxJqfI
Segment 4: http://youtu.be/ZuWunKJ0RnI
Rebuttals – Deliberations [Slide Show + Audio]
Segment 5: http://youtu.be/chVgQsOJ0KU

More information at: http://www.maine.gov/dep/waste/juniperridge/index.html

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2014 in Current Events

 

New Superdump Planned for Argyle, Greenbush, Penobscot Watershed

Request a Public Hearing on MRC Waste Facility proposed for Argyle and/or Greenbush

MRC is part-owner of the PERC incinerator in Orrington, which burns thousands of tons of out-of-state waste every year.

PERC will lose federal PURPA subsidies for selling its electricity in 2018, and may shut down if it cannot receive increased Maine state subsidies.

The State of Maine offers major subsidies for electricity produced by landfill gas, but very little for electricity from waste incinerators. As a result, MRC, PERC, and Casella (former owner of PERC, current business partner of PERC) are looking into ways to continue to import, process, and profit from this waste.

MRC is asking for a Determination of Public Benefit to build a “secure waste disposal facility” aka large landfill/dump in Argyle or Greenbush in the Birch Stream, Alton Bog, and Penobscot River watershed.

The dump location is also directly in line with the proposed East-West Corridor.

 

DEADLINE for the DEP must receive letters requesting Public Hearings is this Friday, April 18th (before 5pm.)

Address Letter to:

Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Solid Waste Program, 17 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0017

The letters should include:

1. The Date you are sending the letter

 

2. Your name and where you live

 

3. A request that the DEP hold a formal Public Hearing on the Determination of Public Benefit for a new solid waste facility proposed by the Municipal Review Committee to be located in either Argyle or Greenbush.

 

4. A request that the Hearing be held in a location accessable to people from the communities where the proposed waste dump would be located.

 

5. Explain how you would be personally affected by the proposed project.

This can include include:

– depending on a well that could be impacted

– using area roads that would receive heavy trash truck traffic

– having a business that depends on the quality of local water and land

– raising crops or livestock that could be impacted

– having family members with health conditions that could be affected

– being in range of hearing or smelling the operation

– knowledge of rare plants and wildlife in the area

– if you depend on the area for sustenance (fiddlehead picking, basket materials, medicinal herbs, etc)

– if you fish or hunt in the area

– if you canoe, hike, or camp in the area

– knowledge of local land use ordinances or plans that would conflict

with the proposal

– knowledge of property line conflicts or financial complications that could affect the proposal

– concern about lack of information and public notice allowing local people to be fully informed and participate in the permitting process

– information on area property investments and how your real estate value could be impacted by the planned dump

– information on area schools, daycare centers, nursing homes, or other facilities where children and people with vulnerable health conditions would be spending time

– knowledge of local hydrology and soils that could make it an unsafe location for the proposed waste facility.

 

6. Include your address at the end of the letter and ask to be notified of any future meetings and placed on the Interested Parties list for this project.

 

Letters can be hand delivered to the DEP Offices located in the old AMHI Complex at 28 Tyson Drive, Augusta. Maps to the Office are at:

http://www.maine.gov/dep/contact/cmro.html

and

http://www.maine.gov/dep/contact/amhi.html

 

The application and supporting documentation are available for review at DEP Augusta office, during normal working hours. A copy of the application and supporting documentation may also be seen at the

Penobscot County Commissioners Office, 97 Hammond Street, Bangor, and at the Town Office on 132 Military Road in Greenbush.

If you hand-deliver the letters, ask for a receipt from the person at the desk. The DEP must receive the letters by this Friday, April 18th.

 

Notice of the Filing a copy of the Application are available at: http://www.maine.gov/dep/waste/mrc/index.html

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Current Events

 

Waste Subsidy Legislation – LD 1483

There is a Public Hearing Thursday, January 9th, starting at 1pm on LD1483.

LD 1483, “An Act To Promote and Enhance State Policy To Preserve and Support Existing Methods of Disposal of Municipal Solid Waste” is sponsored by Senator CAIN of Penobscot and cosponsored By: Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington; Speaker EVES of North Berwick; Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot and Representative STANLEY of Medway

There will be at least 2 work sessions, most likely on Monday, January 13, 1pm, and Tuesday, Jan 14, 1pm.

The hearing and work sessions will take place in Room 216 of the Cross State Office Building.

Audio of the hearing is streamed live at: http://www.maine.gov/legis/audio/natural_res_cmte.html

Testimony can be emailed to ENR Committee Clerk Jacob Stern at: Jacob.stern@legislature.maine.gov

  

The content of the bill is expected to change significantly from it’s current form (text at: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_126th/billtexts/SP054501.asp), which was held over from last legislative session.

 

When the bill was being heard in spring 2013, it resulted in one of the most highly funded lobbying efforts by any industry in Maine during 2013.

 

The push for this legislation has come from the owners of municipal solid waste to energy incinerators in Maine, which are facing a major loss of federal funding. 

The 1978 Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) guaranteed a market for electricity produced by waste-to-energy incinerators. PURPA funding for Maine incinerators is expiring between 2014 and 2019.

Without the federal subsidy, incinerator operators are unable to offer competitive prices for municipal waste contracts compared with what landfill operators like Casella can offer.

 

This bill is undergoing major changes, all of which would appear to come at an increased cost to Maine towns, taxpayers, and residential ratepayers. Among the suggestions from the ENR Committee on how to solve this problem has been to stop providing a bottle return, and use the bottle deposit money to keep the incinerators financially viable.

 

It is important that the ENR committee and sponsors of this bill hear from their constituents and not just Casella and Waste Management.

 

Contact information for ENR Committee members can be found at: https://dontwasteme.wordpress.com/contact-members-of-the-committee-on-environment-natural-resources/

 

Background on the Financial Incentive to Dump Waste in Maine Landfills

A major reason that landfill companies can offer a lower disposal rate is that electricity produced by landfill gas (LFG) in Maine qualifies for Class I Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).

 

Electricity produced by waste-to-energy(WTE) incinerators is only eligible for Class 2 RECs.

 

The trading value of Class I RECs can be greater than 60 times the value of Class II RECs. 

As of December 2011, the traded value for Maine Class I RECs was $13/MWh.

Maine Class II RECs traded at less than 20 cents a MWh in 2010.

(Source: MPUC RPS Report 2011 – Review of RPS Requirements and Compliance in Maine

January 30, 2012, http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/attach.php?id=349454&an=1)

 

Funding for RECs comes from Maine ratepayers, as an add-on to residential electric bills.

This ratepayer subsidy to landfill operators creates an artificial market incentive to import waste long distances and dump it in Maine landfills, especially if the material is a major gas-producing waste.

 

The Class I REC subsidy allows landfill operators to create larger economies of scale, buying out competitors, and controlling the flow of materials to the sites that generate the greatest profit for the company.

 

Prior to 2007, landfill gas only qualified for Class II RECs, and in most other states it is still a Class II form of energy generation. A return to that status would level the playing field with incinerator operators in Maine.

 

If landfill operators did not receive high-value Class I REC subsidies, there would by less incentive to offer artificially low tipping fees for the disposal of out-of-state waste in Maine dumps.

 

If electricity produced from waste dumps and WTE incinerators received equal value, incinerator operators would not so urgently need a new subsidy (paid for by Maine taxpayers and ratepayers) to compete with landfill operators and maintain the Maine waste hierarchy which places landfilling as the last choice option for dealing with materials disposal.

 

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Current Events

 

Maine Dump Expansion Moratorium Becomes Law

LD 1363, “An Act To Ensure Landfill Capacity and Promote Recycling” became law on June 11, 2013. The bill places a moratorium on landfill expansions until April 30, 2014.

The last time the legislature enacted a moratorium on dump expansion was 1987, following an investigation by the Attorney General’s office of anti-trust practices and problems resulting from major imports of out-of-state waste by landfill operators in Maine.

LD1363:
– Gives the legislature time to develop recommendations on needed waste policy.

– Allows time for the DEP to study Maine’s waste capacity needs.

– Ensures that there is enough long-term space for Maine’s waste needs.

– LD 1363 would not affect any pending permits.

Why It Is Needed:

The ENR Committee recently voted to create a subcommittee to study Maine’s policies relating to the state’s waste hierarchy, recycling and landfill capacity. The subcommittee will be looking at issues raised in legislation submitted this session relating to waste and recycling, and recommending legislation for the next session of the 126th Legislature.

Maine’s waste hierarchy, adopted by the legislature in 1989, places landfilling as the least preferable form of waste disposal, and prioritizes reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, waste-to-energy incineration, and only as a last resort, landfilling.

Time is needed to address changes affecting Maine’s waste hierarchy resulting from a series of policy changes that may be unwittingly creating incentives for disposing of materials in landfills that could easily be reused, recycled, composted or used in a waste-to-energy facility. This time-out allows the legislature and DEP needed time to get accurate information about the origin, quantity, and composition of waste being disposed in the state, to ensure that long term landfill space is available at an affordable price to Maine people and businesses.

LD 1363 is Sponsored By: Representative CHIPMAN of Portland
It is Cosponsored By:
Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot;
Senator PATRICK of Oxford;
Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset
Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington;
Representative DORNEY of Norridgewock;
Representative GUERIN of Glenburn;
Representative LIBBY of Lewiston;
Representative MITCHELL of the Penobscot Nation;
Representative PEAVEY HASKELL of Milford

LD1363 reads:
Sec. 1. Moratorium on licenses to expand solid waste disposal facilities. Resolved: That the Department of Environmental Protection may not issue a license to expand a solid waste disposal facility that is a landfill until after April 30, 2014. This section applies to any application to expand a solid waste disposal facility that is a landfill filed after the effective date of this section. As used in this section, “expand” has the same meaning as in the Solid Waste Management Rules, Chapter 400, section 1, paragraph WW, adopted by the Department of Environmental Protection and in effect on the effective date of this section. This section does not apply to generator-owned landfills.

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2013 in Current Events

 

ENR Committee Votes 10-3 for Moratorium on Landfill Expansion

The Environment and Natural Resources Committee voted 10-3 in favor of an amended version of LD1363, “An Act To Ensure Landfill Capacity and Promote Recycling”, at the Thursday, May 2nd committee work session.

The amended version of LD 1363 would enact a one year moratorium on the DEP issuing licenses for landfill expansion in order to make sure the State has time to gather accurate information regarding Maine’s current and future waste capacity needs.

In response to legislation submitted by Senator Emily Cain, the ENR Committee recently voted to create a subcommittee to study Maine’s policies relating to the state’s waste hierarchy, recycling and landfill capacity, and recommend legislation for the next session of the 126th Legislature.
Maine’s waste hierarchy, adopted by the legislature in 1989, places landfilling as the least preferable form of waste disposal, and prioritizes reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, waste-to-energy incineration, and only as a last resort, landfilling.

LD 1363 would give the legislature time to develop recommendations to ensure that the state does not unwittingly commit to policies that inventivize landfilling over recycling.

The DEP is scheduled to release a study on Maine’s waste capacity in 2014, a project that was previously handled by the State Planning Office. LD1363 would allow time for the DEP to study Maine’s waste capacity needs.

Last year a letter signed by ten legislators was sent to the Government Oversight Committee requesting that OPEGA to review and audit operations of the State-owned JRL landfill in Old Town.
Following several meetings and many more letters and presentations to the GOC on the matter, the committee voted to report on the matter to the ENR Committee at the beginning of the 126th session.

GOC member Rep. David Burns, R-Whiting, suggested the best way to address concerns raised in the request would be to have a legislative bill that would change the definition of out-of-state waste and resolve concerns about the origins of waste going into Maine’s landfill.

The original version of LD1363 directly addressed the definition of out-of-state waste, by defining Maine waste as waste generated in Maine. Currently, waste processed in Maine is defined as Maine waste, and eligible for disposal in the state-owned JRL landfill in Old Town.
LD1363 would give the state time to develop sound policies to ensure that Maine landfills will not lose capacity for Maine waste due to being filled with waste originating from other states and provinces.

LD 1363 was amended to remove all sections of the bill except the moratorium, reading:
Moratorium on licenses to expand solid waste disposal facilities notwithstanding the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes Title 1 Section 302. The Department of Environmental Protection may not issue a license for an expanded solid waste disposal facility that is a landfill until April 30, 2014. This Section applies to any application for an expanded solid waste disposal facility that is a landfill filed after the effective date of this act. For the purpose of this section, the term expanded means the same as the word expanded as defined in Chapter 400 of the Department of Environmental Protection’s solid waste management rules that are in effect on the effective date of this act. This section does not apply to generator owned landfills.

The following ENR Committee members voted Ought To Pass As Amended on LD1363 at the May 2nd Work Session:

Senator Geoffrey M. Gratwick (D-Penobscot); Representative Bernard L. A. Ayotte (R-Caswell); Representative Richard H. Campbell (R-Orrington); Representative Benjamin M. Chipman (I-Portland); Representative Janice E. Cooper (D-Yarmouth); Representative Gay M. Grant (D-Gardiner); Representative Denise Patricia Harlow (D-Portland); Representative Paul D. McGowan (D-York); Representative Roger E. Reed (R-Carmel); Representative Joan W. Welsh (D-Rockport), Chair

LD 1363 is sponsored by: Representative CHIPMAN of Portland. It is cosponsored by:
Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington; Representative DORNEY of Norridgewock; Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot; Representative GUERIN of Glenburn; Representative LIBBY of Lewiston; Representative MITCHELL of the Penobscot Nation; Senator PATRICK of Oxford; Representative PEAVEY HASKELL of Milford; Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset

The House and Senate may vote on the bill as early as Tuesday, March 14th.

What you can do:

– Write a Letter to the Editor. Maine media contacts here: https://dontwasteme.wordpress.com/maine-media-contact-send-letters-to-the-editor

– Contact your Representative and Senator if you support LD 1363, “An Act To Ensure Landfill Capacity and Promote Recycling.”

– Contact bill sponsors to thank them for support of this important legislation.

Find your Legislators here: http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/townlist.htm
Find out how to contact your Senator here:
https://dontwasteme.wordpress.com/how-to-contact-your-senator

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Current Events

 

Waste Laws Under Consideration by Maine Legislators

All Waste Bills are being handled by the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, unless otherwise indicated.

If you can’t attend a Public Hearing, written testimony can be sent to the Clerk of the Committee. If you live in a town represented by a Committee member, you can call or email your Representative or Senator as their constituent and let them know your opinion of the bill.

ENR Committee Members & Contacts at: https://dontwasteme.wordpress.com/contact-members-of-the-committee-on-environment-natural-resources/

Contact your State Representative: https://dontwasteme.wordpress.com/contact-your-representatives/

Legislators pay attention to Letters to the Editor – Contacts for your local media outlet at: https://dontwasteme.wordpress.com/maine-media-contact-send-letters-to-the-editor/

Waste Bills Being Considered by the 126th Maine Legislature

*LD 1363

An Act to Preserve Landfill Capacity and Promote Recycling

Sponsored by Rep. Chipman

CoSponsored by: Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington; Representative DORNEY of Norridgewock; Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot; Representative GUERIN of Glenburn; Representative LIBBY of Lewiston; Representative MITCHELL of the Penobscot Nation; Senator PATRICK of Oxford; Representative PEAVEY HASKELL of Milford; Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset

Bill text: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_126th/billtexts/HP097101.asp

Public Hearing Testimony: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?PID=1456&snum=126&paper=&paperld=l&ld=1363#

Summary: This bill amends the definition of waste generated in the State by providing that residue and bypass must have been generated from waste that originated in the State to be considered waste generated in the State.

The bill also allows municipalities to enact ordinances with respect to solid waste facilities that contain standards that are stricter than state law.

The bill also imposes a one-year moratorium on the issuance of licenses for expanded landfills. It directs the Department of Environmental Protection to study and identify best practices to reduce the amount of solid waste disposed in landfills, increase recycling of solid waste and generate revenue from recycling for municipalities. The department is required to report its findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

Status: Status: Work Session scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2013 2:30 PM, Cross Building, Room 216

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* LD 1483

An Act To Promote and Enhance State Policy To Preserve and Support Existing Methods of Disposal of Municipal Solid Waste

Sponsored By: Senator CAIN of Penobscot

Cosponsored By: Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington; Speaker EVES of North Berwick;Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot; Representative STANLEY of Medway

Bill text: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_126th/billtexts/SP054501.asp

Summary:

The purpose of this bill is to assist in the stabilization of the statutorily established solid waste management hierarchy, to promote and strengthen the waste management system in the State and to enhance the continued operation of the existing waste processing incineration facilities located in the State. This bill directs the Department of Environmental Protection to:

1. Impose on each licensed landfill a solid waste stabilization assessment on all solid waste, including, but not limited to, household and commercially sourced solid waste and all other material deposited at the licensed landfill;

2. Deposit solid waste stabilization assessment funds in a solid waste stabilization account within the Maine Solid Waste Management Fund;

3. Disburse the funds from the solid waste stabilization account through periodic payments to qualified municipalities and recycling and composting programs located in the State; and

4. Develop a process to maximize the use of existing incineration facilities in the State and increase the amount of Maine-sourced solid waste that is processed at those facilities annually and report its recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by January 1, 2014.

Status: No Public Hearing scheduled yet.

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* LD 907

An Act To Encourage Recycling

Sponsored By: Representative STANLEY of Medway

Cosponsored By: Senator JACKSON of Aroostook

Bill text: http://mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_126th/billtexts/HP063101.asp

Public Hearing Testimony: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=907&PID=1456&snum=126#

Summary: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to impose a fee of $15 per ton on the disposal of solid waste at solid waste disposal facilities and solid waste processing facilities. The fee is also imposed on the movement of solid waste from one solid waste facility to another solid waste facility. Under the bill, no category of solid waste may be exempted from the fee and the fee must be paid to the State. Revenue from the fee must be distributed as follows.

1. The first priority must be given to providing grants to municipalities for costs related to the fee:

A. For recyclable materials, a municipality may receive grants equal to 1.3 times the fee paid by the municipality for disposal of the recyclable materials;

B. For all other materials, a municipality may receive grants equal to the fee paid by the municipality for disposal of the materials; and

C. The total grants awarded to municipalities may not exceed the total revenue collected from the $15 per ton fee.

2. Revenue in excess of municipal grants must be distributed to school districts. The amount distributed to each school district must be computed by dividing the revenue from the fee in excess of grants to municipalities by the total number of students in prekindergarten to 12th grade in the State and multiplying the quotient by the number of students in the school district.

Status: Work Session scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2013 2:30 PM, Cross Building, Room 216

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* LD 1292

An Act To Minimize the Use of Plastic Bags

Sponsored By: Representative McGOWAN of York

Cosponsored By: Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick; Representative CASSIDY of Lubec; Representative DEVIN of Newcastle; Representative EVANGELOS of Friendship; Representative HARLOW of Portland; Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln; Representative NOON of Sanford; Representative WELSH of Rockport

Public Hearing Testimony: http://mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?paper=HP0919&snum=126&PID=1456#

Bill Text: http://mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_126th/billtexts/HP091901.asp

Summary: This bill requires a retailer to assess a 10¢ surcharge for a plastic bag designed for one-time use distributed to a customer at the point of retail sale. A retailer retains 2¢ from the surcharge for administrative costs. The revenues from the plastic bag surcharge are credited to the Plastics Recycling Fund administered by the Department of Environmental Protection for the purpose of promoting recycling efforts related to plastics. A retailer may provide recyclable paper bags to bag products at the point of sale. A retailer must provide reusable bags for purchase by a customer.

Status: Work Session scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2013 2:30 PM, Cross Building, Room 216

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* LD 694

An Act To Clarify Solid Waste Policy

Sponsored By: Senator CAIN of Penobscot

Cosponsored By: Senator BOYLE of Cumberland; Representative DILL of Old Town; Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot; Representative PEAVEY HASKELL of Milford; Representative TIPPING-SPITZ of Orono; Senator YOUNGBLOOD of Penobscot

Original Bill text (before amendment): http://mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_126th/billtexts/SP024301.asp

Summary:

The original unamended bill:

1. Amends the declaration of policy in the laws governing waste management to provide that the Legislature finds that the highest and best use of a state-owned solid waste facility is for those permitted special wastes that cannot be handled by waste reduction, reuse and recycling, which are the preferred methods of waste management; and

2. Provides that a change in the type or volume of waste accepted by a facility requires approval by the Department of Environmental Protection and a public benefit determination.

Status: April 26th work session ENR Committee voted Ought To Pass as Amended. No amended language available yet.

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* LD 141

Resolve, Directing the Department of Environmental Protection To Develop Quantitative Odor Management Standards

Sponsored By: Representative FREDETTE of Newport

Cosponsored By: Senator CUSHING of Penobscot

Public Hearing Testimony: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=141&PID=1456&snum=126&sec3

Bill Text: http://mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_126th/billtexts/HP011601.asp

Summary: This bill would create quanitative measurements for odor from septage & wastewater sludge facilities. The bill was submitted in response to major odor problems resulting from septage spraying and lagoon management at the NY owned “We Care Organics/Soil Prepraration Inc” septage and sludge processing facility in Plymouth (that is somehow exempt from paying property taxes.

Status: April 3rd Work Session ENR Committee vote resulted in a Divided Report.

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* LD 476

Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Develop a Policy To Reduce Food Waste in All State-funded Institutions

Sponsored By: Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop Cosponsored By: Representative EVANGELOS of Friendship; Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth; Representative GUERIN of Glenburn; Representative JORGENSEN of Portland; Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle; Representative POULIOT of Augusta; Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset; Representative WILSON of Augusta

Public Hearing Testimony: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=476&PID=1456&snum=126&sec3

Bill Text: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_126th/billtexts/HP032601.asp

Summary: This resolve requires the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to develop a comprehensive policy to reduce food waste in all state-funded buildings and institutions and to submit a report detailing the policy, together with any recommendations, to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry by December 4, 2013.

Status: April 3rd work session Ag Committee voted Ought Not To Pass.

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in Current Events