Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Senate Environmental Committee OKs Bills Extending Recycling Fee, Creating Lead Task Force

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Tuesday unanimously approved bills eliminating the sunset date on the Act 101 recycling fee, creating a task force on lead exposure, exempting steel slag from the definition of waste and allowing the incorporation of alternative on-lot sewage systems in sewage plans.
The bills include--
-- Eliminate Sunset On Recycling Fee: Senate Bill 646 (Killion-R-Delaware) would eliminate the January 1, 2020 sunset date on the $2 per ton recycling fee (sponsor summary);
-- Creating Task Force On Lead: Senate Resolution 33 (Yudichak-D-Luzerne) creating a Task Force on Lead Exposure (sponsor summary) (amended);
-- Exempting Steel Slag From Definition of Waste: Senate Bill 497 (Vogel-R-Butler) eliminating the designation of steel slag as waste (sponsor summary) (amended); and
-- Alternative Onlot Septic Systems: Senate Bill 144 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) amending Act 537 ton include alternative on-lot sewage systems in sewage plans (sponsor summary).
The bills now go to the full Senate for action.
Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) serves as Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Committee and can be contacted by sending email to: gyaw@pasen.gov.  Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by sending email to: yudichak@pasenate.com.

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