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First Regular Session of the 121st

H.P. 147 - L.D. 188

An Act To Amend the Waste Management Laws Regarding the Spreading of Sludge on Land

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

     Sec. 1. 38 MRSA §1304, sub-§§18 and 19 are enacted to read:

     18. Use of residuals containing human pathogens. The department may not license the utilization and distribution of residuals containing human pathogens, such as municipal treatment plant sludge, under permit-by-rule provisions established by the department pursuant to the provisions of section 344, subsection 7.

     19. Interested parties notice for distribution of composted sludge. The department shall establish and maintain a list of interested parties, including a statewide organization that represents municipalities in this State, to whom notice of license applications and applications to modify existing licenses for the distribution in this State of composted sludge must be provided. In addition, the department shall electronically mail the notice to each municipality in the State that is equipped to receive electronic mail. Notice must be provided upon the department's finding that the application is complete for processing.

     Sec. 2. Rulemaking. Notwithstanding the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 1304, subsection 1-C, any amendment to Board of Environmental Protection rules to make the rules consistent with this Act is a routine technical rule as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

Effective September 13, 2003, unless otherwise indicated.

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