OLR Bill Analysis

HB 6404 (as amended by House “A” and Senate “A”)*

AN ACT CONCERNING THE OPERATION OF HYDRAULIC LOADING OR UNLOADING EQUIPMENT AT CERTAIN SOLID WASTE FACILITIES.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires each owner or operator of a solid waste, recycling, or resources recovery facility that uses a floor level system to load solid waste into combustion units to have at least two employees present in the work area whenever waste is being moved with hydraulic loading or unloading equipment. The bill applies to solid waste, recycling, or resources recovery facilities that (1) do not use overhead cranes to load solid waste into feed hoppers and (2) serve at least five municipalities. The employees must be familiar with how the equipment operates.

The requirement does not apply if the facility has (1) a properly working camera that is trained on and has an unobstructed view of the feed hopper area or (2) a device that stops the feeder from operating when someone enters the hopper.

*House Amendment “A” specifies that the bill applies to facilities that (1) do not use overhead cranes to load solid waste into feed hoppers and (2) serve at least five municipalities.

*Senate Amendment “A” specifies that the requirement applies to facilities with floor level loading systems and adds the exceptions.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

BACKGROUND

Waste Facility Definitions

The statutes define these terms as follows:

1. A “solid waste facility” is any solid waste disposal area, volume reduction plant, transfer station, wood-burning facility, or biomedical waste treatment facility (CGS 22a-260).

2. A “recycling facility” or “recycling center” means land, equipment, and structures where recycling is conducted, including an intermediate processing center (CGS 22a-260).

3. A “resources recovery facility” means a facility using processes to reclaim energy from municipal solid waste (CGS 22a-207).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Labor and Public Employees Committee

Joint Favorable Change of Reference

Yea

8

Nay

1

(03/01/2007)

Government Administration and Elections Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

9

Nay

4

(03/28/2007)