An Act To Promote and Enhance State Policy To Preserve and Support Existing Methods of Disposal of Municipal Solid Waste
Sec. 1. 38 MRSA §2124-A, as amended by PL 2011, c. 655, Pt. GG, §31 and affected by §70, is further amended by adding after the 4th paragraph a new paragraph to read:
Beginning on January 1, 2015 and every odd-numbered year thereafter, the report submitted under this section must include an analysis of the solid waste stabilization assessment funds collected pursuant to section 2204-A and disbursed pursuant to section 2201-B and any department recommendations regarding changes to the established levels of per ton assessment and per ton disbursement.
Sec. 2. 38 MRSA §2201, first ¶, as amended by PL 2011, c. 655, Pt. GG, §64 and affected by §70, is further amended to read:
The Maine Solid Waste Management Fund, referred to in this section as the "fund," is established as a nonlapsing fund to support programs administered by the bureau and the Department of Environmental Protection. The fund must be segregated into 2 3 subsidiary accounts. The first subsidiary account, called operations, receives all fees established and received under article 1. The 2nd subsidiary account, called administration, receives all fees established under this article and under Title 36, chapter 719 and all funds recovered by the department as reimbursement for departmental expenses incurred to abate imminent threats to public health, safety and welfare posed by the illegal disposal of solid waste. The 3rd subsidiary account, called solid waste stabilization, receives funds from the solid waste stabilization assessment under section 2204-A; disbursement of funds from the solid waste stabilization account must be in accordance with section 2201-B.
Sec. 3. 38 MRSA §2201-B is enacted to read:
§ 2201-B. Solid waste stabilization account
Sec. 4. 38 MRSA §2204-A is enacted to read:
§ 2204-A. Solid waste stabilization assessment
Sec. 5. Develop process. The Department of Environmental Protection shall 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. The department shall report its recommendations, together with any necessary implementing legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by January 1, 2014.
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.