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HAZARDOUS WASTE RECYCLING STANDARDS BILL PROPOSED IN PENNSYLVANIA SENATE

HAZARDOUS WASTE RECYCLING STANDARDS BILL PROPOSED IN PENNSYLVANIA SENATE
 HARRISBURG, Pa., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania state Sen. David J. Brightbill (R-Lebanon) has proposed legislation to prohibit so-called "sham" hazardous waste recycling and reclamation operations to prevent them from becoming tomorrow's toxic waste sites.
 "My bill would put in law for the first time standards the state can use to separate legitimate hazardous waste recycling operations from those plants that merely call themselves recyclers to evade state regulations," said Brightbill.
 "The legislation also clearly outlaws the accumulation of hazardous waste in anticipation that someday it could be recycled," Brightbill said. "This practice allowed some plants to create large stockpiles of material they never really intended to recycle or reclaim."
 The Hazardous Waste Recycling Standards Act would set up a system that requires hazardous waste recyclers to notify the Department of Environmental Resources (DER) of their operations. DER would then certify whether or not the plant was a legitimate recycling operation.
 Any plant that does not meet the standards to be a legitimate recycler would have to get a regular hazardous waste treatment or other permit from DER.
 The proposal still requires legitimate hazardous waste recyclers to meet existing environmental standards for any air contamination they produce. Any solid waste they produce must be disposed of or stored under permits. Any wastewater discharges must have a permit from DER. A permit for the recycling operation itself would not be required, unless the federal government required one.
 "Some of the toxic waste sites now in Pennsylvania were old hazardous waste recycling plants. Others were facilities that DER regulated," said Brightbill. "While we have outlawed many of these operations and required new permits for others, the practical system I proposed will make sure DER can act to prevent recyclers from being the toxic waste sites of the future."
 "My bill would encourage legitimate recycling through simplified administrative and permit requirements that do not sacrifice environmental protection," said Brightbill. "Unreasonable restrictions on recycling means we will need larger commercial hazardous waste incinerators and landfills to handle this waste," said Brightbill.
 Brightbill has proposed legislation in response to a concern raised by DER that adequate controls do not exist for hazardous waste recyclers.
 The certification procedure outlined in the bill is loosely based on a regulation DER recently eliminated requiring the agency to confirm in writing that material was going to legitimate recycling operations. This regulation was on the books since the mid-1980s, but never really enforced.
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 /CONTACT: David Hess of state Sen. David J. Brightbill's office, 717-787-5708/ CO: Pennsylvania Senate; Department of Environmental Resources ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU: LEG


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