March 13, 2008
QUESTIONS FOR CRRA AD HOC NOMINEE
By: Paul Frisman, Principal Analyst
Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (CGS 22a-261)
● CRRA plans, designs, builds, and operates solid waste disposal, volume reduction, recycling, intermediate processing, and resources recovery facilities. The chairman appoints the president of the authority, who supervises the authority's administrative affairs and technical activities. The authority is a quasi-public agency.
● The Governor may appoint, at the request of a municipality where a facility operated by the authority is located, an ad hoc member from that municipality to represent that facility, provided at least half such members are chief elected officials of municipalities, or their designees. Each facility must be represented by two ad hoc members. Ad hoc members serve four-year terms, and may vote only on matters concerning the facility.
● 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 a population of fewer than 50,000 and two must represent towns with populations greater than 50,000.
● Five members represent the public. Three of these must have extensive, high-level experience in finance, business, or industry; one must have high-level, extensive experience in an environmental field and one must have high-level, extensive experience 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.
1. The Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) amended Solid Waste Management Plan calls for increasing the state's recycling rate, which has held at 30 % for a number of years, to 58% by 2024. Do you think this is a feasible goal? What can CRRA do to help achieve this rate, and what are you doing now to promote recycling?
2. The DEP plan also calls for adding #1 (PET) and #2 (HDPE) plastics and magazines to the list of mandated recyclables, and expanding the bottle bill to include plastic water bottles. What is CRRA's position on these recommendations? Should the state also increase the current nickel deposit to 10 cents?
3. The Environment Committee this session is considering legislation barring resource recovery facilities from charging tipping fees greater than those to be set by the Department of Public Utility Control. Do you think the state should regulate these rates?
4. Under current law, unclaimed bottle deposits are returned to distributors. There have been many attempts to direct that money to the state instead. Where does CRRA believe that money should go and how should it be distributed?
6. Do you anticipate increasing or decreasing your tipping fees? On what would that depend?
7. What is your opinion of single source recycling?