Substitute Senate Bill No. 439
          Substitute Senate Bill No. 439

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-99


AN  ACT  CONCERNING RECYCLED CONTENT OF NEWSPRINT,
PURCHASE OF PAPER PRODUCTS BY STATE  AGENCIES  AND
DISPOSAL OF GRASS CLIPPINGS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section   1.   (NEW)   The   Commissioner   of
Environmental Protection shall  adopt  alternative
standards   for  the  specifications  provided  in
sections 22a-256n  and  22a-256o  of  the  general
statutes   if   he  determines,  upon  receipt  of
documentation   from   the   Northeast   Recycling
Council,   that   such   specifications   are  not
achievable which determination shall be  made  not
less   than   once   annually.   Such  alternative
standards shall be in effect during any period  of
time in which the commissioner determines that the
publishing  or  printing  industry  is  unable  to
obtain  sufficient  amounts  of  runable newsprint
containing recycled fiber at a price comparable to
the  price  for  virgin  newsprint or is unable to
find such newsprint within a reasonable time.
    Sec.   2.   Section   4a-67f  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   The   Commissioner   of   Administrative
Services  shall  revise   the  specifications  for
printing and writing  paper purchased by the state
to (1) incorporate  the  standards provided for in
federal  Executive  Order   No.   12873   and  any
regulations  or  guidelines   promulgated  by  the
United States Environmental  Protection  Agency to
carry out the  purposes  of  said  order  AND  (2)
PROVIDE FOR THE PURCHASE AND USE BY STATE AGENCIES
OF   PAPER   COMPOSED    ENTIRELY   OF   MATERIALS
MANUFACTURED  USING PROCESSES  (A)  WHICH  DO  NOT
INVOLVE HARVESTING OF TREES OR WHICH ARE OTHERWISE
DERIVED ENTIRELY FROM SOURCES OTHER THAN TREES AND
(B)  WHICH  CAN  BE  CATEGORIZED  AS  HAVING  LESS
ADVERSE   IMPACT   ON    THE    ENVIRONMENT   THAN
CONVENTIONAL PROCESSES.
    (b)   The   commissioner   may   provide   for
alternative standards in such specifications if he
determines  that  (1)   a  satisfactory  level  of
competition does not  exist  with  regard  to  the
market for a  particular  paper  item specified in
such standards, (2) a particular paper item is not
available within a  reasonable  time period or (3)
the  available  items   fail  to  meet  reasonable
performance standards established  by  the  agency
for which such items are being procured.
    Sec. 3. Subsection  (c) of section 22a-208v of
the general statutes,  as  amended by section 1 of
public act 97-102,  is  repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c) After October 1, 1998, or six months after
the   commissioner   adopts    such   regulations,
whichever  is  sooner,   no   resources   recovery
facility or solid  waste  facility permitted under
this chapter, other than a municipal or commercial
composting   facility,  may   accept   SIGNIFICANT
QUANTITIES OF grass clippings for disposal.
    Sec. 4. Subsection  (b) of section 22a-220c of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) On and after January 1, 1991, the owner or
operator of each  resources  recovery  facility or
solid waste facility  who  has  reason to believe,
upon visual inspection, that a load of solid waste
which  is  delivered   to  the  facility  contains
significant  quantities  of   GRASS  CLIPPINGS  OR
SIGNIFICANT QUANTITIES OF  any item required to be
recycled pursuant to  subsection  (a)  of  section
22a-241b shall provide prompt notification of such
belief to the driver of the vehicle delivering the
load and to  the  agent  of  the municipality from
which the load  originated, designated pursuant to
section 22a-220. The  owner  or  operator  of each
resources  recovery  facility   or   solid   waste
facility   shall  conduct   periodic   unannounced
inspections of loads  delivered  to  the resources
recovery  facility  or  solid  waste  facility  to
assist  municipalities  and  the  commissioner  in
accurately assessing compliance  with said section
22a-241b AND SUBSECTION  (c)  OF SECTION 22a-208v,
AS AMENDED BY  SECTION  3 OF THIS ACT. Such owners
or operators shall  conduct additional inspections
upon the request of the commissioner.

Approved May 22, 1998