Location:
EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE;
Scope:
Connecticut laws/regulations;

OLR Research Report


March 31, 2011

 

2011-R-0167

QUESTIONS FOR NOMINEE TO CRRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

By: Kristen L. Miller, Legislative Analyst II

CONNECTICUT RESOURCES RECOVERY AUTHORITY (CRRA) (CGS 22A-261 AND 262)

● The authority's board of directors consists of 11 members appointed by the governor and legislative leaders. The governor appoints three members and the Senate president pro tempore, the House speaker, the Senate minority leader and House minority leader two each.

● Three directors must represent towns with fewer than 50,000 people and two must represent towns with more than 50,000 people.

● Five directors represent the public and must have extensive, high-level experience in a specified field. Three must be experienced in finance, business, or industry; one in an environmental field; and one in an energy field.

● Directors serve four-year terms and must be confirmed by both houses. The governor designates one member to serve as chairman, with the advice and consent of both houses. The chairman serves at the governor's pleasure.

● CRRA is a quasi-public agency that plans, designs, builds, manages, and operates solid waste disposal, volume reduction, recycling, intermediate processing, and resources recovery facilities. The chairperson, with approval of the board of directors, appoints the president of the authority, who supervises the authority's administrative affairs and technical activities.

CURRENT ISSUES

1. You were appointed to represent municipalities with more than 50,000 people. Is there a significant difference in the waste management needs of large and small towns? If so, how will that perspective influence your decisions on the board?

2. Dozens of contracts between CRRA and individual municipalities, including your home town of West Hartford, expire in the next two years. Does CRRA expect all of these municipalities to renew their contracts? What is CRRA doing to encourage municipalities to renew these contracts? Do you believe it will be successful?

3. CRRA recently selected NAES Corporation to operate and maintain the Mid-Connecticut Facility when the contracts with current operators expire. How will this selection affect the facility and CRRA?

4. Inner-city residents believe they have historically been overburdened by siting landfills and incinerators in their neighborhoods. Do you think these beliefs are justified? If so, what steps should CRRA take to remedy this situation?

FINANCES

1. The economic climate has forced public and private entities to operate with smaller budgets. What steps has CRRA taken to operate more efficiently?

2. What factors affect CRRA's tipping fees? Do you anticipate increasing or decreasing CRRA's tipping fees?

3. In November 2010, the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) filed suit against CRRA over the process for selecting an operator of the Mid-Connecticut Facility. Do you anticipate that this litigation will affect CRRA's service and disposal fees charged to customers?

RECYCLING

1. Do you believe single-stream recycling is more effective than sorting recyclables into different bins?

2. Connecticut's recycling rate has hovered near 30% for a number of years. The Department of Environmental Protection's amended Solid Waste Management Plan calls for increasing the state's recycling rate to 58% by 2024. Do you think this is a feasible goal? What can CRRA do to help achieve this goal and what is it doing now to promote recycling?

3. As an initiative to increase recycling, CRRA recently rebated towns by paying them $5 for every qualifying ton of recyclables delivered to CRRA during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010. Will CRRA continue this program for the current fiscal year? Are there ways that CRRA could expand this program?

4. The Environment Committee is considering legislation to establish composting requirements for certain commercial food wholesaler or distributors, industrial food manufacturer or processors, supermarkets, resorts and conference centers. If enacted into law, how will such legislation impact the state's overall diversion rate?

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