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S. 746 (115th): TRASH Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 28, 2017 (Introduced).


II

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 746

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 28, 2017

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

A BILL

To amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to authorize States to restrict interstate waste imports and impose a higher fee on out-of-State waste.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Trash Reduction and Sensible Handling Act of 2017 or the TRASH Act.

2.

Discretionary State plan provisions

(a)

In general

Section 4003(b) of the Solid Waste Disposal Act (42 U.S.C. 6943(b)) is amended—

(1)

in the subsection heading, by striking relating to recycled oil;

(2)

by redesignating paragraphs (1) through (4) as clauses (i) through (iv), respectively, and indenting appropriately;

(3)

in the matter preceding clause (i) (as so redesignated), by striking Any State and inserting the following:

(1)

Recycled oil

(A)

In general

Any State

;

(4)

in the undesignated matter following clause (iv) (as so redesignated), by striking Any plan and inserting the following:

(B)

Amendments to plans

Any plan

; and

(5)

by adding at the end the following:

(2)

Interstate waste imports

(A)

In general

Any State plan submitted under this subtitle may include, at the option of the State, provisions to carry out each of the following:

(i)

Restrictions at the State and local level of interstate waste imports by requiring that waste imported from another State be only from States with equivalent or higher standards of waste handling and reduction.

(ii)

Subject to subparagraph (B), imposition of higher fees on interstate waste imports, regardless of the compliance of the exporting State with the waste handling and reduction standards of the importing State.

(B)

Fees described

(i)

In general

A fee imposed under subparagraph (A)(ii) shall be known as a community benefit fee.

(ii)

Disbursal of fees

A State may provide community benefit fees to affected communities.

(iii)

Differentiation of fees

The State may differentiate community benefit fees based on whether the imported waste was disposed of at a landfill, an incinerator, a resource recovery facility, a waste-to-energy facility, or other waste handling facility.

.

(b)

Technical amendments

Section 4008 of the Solid Waste Disposal Act (42 U .S.C. 6948) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)—

(A)

by striking section 4003(b) each place it appears and inserting section 4003(c); and

(B)

in paragraph (3)(C), by striking section 4003(b)(1)(A) and inserting section 4003(c)(1)(A);

(2)

in subsection (f)(1), by striking section 4003(b) and inserting section 4003(b)(1); and

(3)

in subsection (g), by striking section 4003(b)(1) and inserting section 4003(c)(1).