IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 28, 2017
Mr. Casey introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Trash Reduction and Sensible Handling Act of 2017 or the
Discretionary State plan provisions
Section 4003(b) of the Solid Waste Disposal Act (42 U.S.C. 6943(b)) is amended—
in the subsection heading, by striking
relating to recycled oil;
by redesignating paragraphs (1) through (4) as clauses (i) through (iv), respectively, and indenting appropriately;
in the matter preceding clause (i) (as so redesignated), by striking
Any State and inserting the following:
in the undesignated matter following clause (iv) (as so redesignated), by striking
Any plan and inserting the following:
Amendments to plans
by adding at the end the following:
Interstate waste imports
Any State plan submitted under this subtitle may include, at the option of the State, provisions to carry out each of the following:
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.
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.
A fee imposed under subparagraph (A)(ii) shall be known as a
community benefit fee.
Disbursal of fees
A State may provide community benefit fees to affected communities.
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.
Section 4008 of the Solid Waste Disposal Act (42 U .S.C. 6948) is amended—
in subsection (a)—
section 4003(b) each place it appears and inserting
section 4003(c); and
in paragraph (3)(C), by striking
section 4003(b)(1)(A) and inserting
in subsection (f)(1), by striking
section 4003(b) and inserting
section 4003(b)(1); and
in subsection (g), by striking
section 4003(b)(1) and inserting