Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

File No. 23

    February Session, 2016

House Bill No. 5149

House of Representatives, March 10, 2016

The Committee on Environment reported through REP. ALBIS of the 99th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING BENEFICIAL END USES FOR DISCARDED TIRES AND THE EFFICACY OF TIRE HAULING LICENSES OR PERMITS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (Effective from passage) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall identify beneficial end uses for discarded tires in this state that result in the recycling of such tires rather than the burning of such tires for fuel. In identifying such beneficial end uses, the commissioner shall consider, but need not be limited to, the viability of establishing a tire stewardship program that provides for the recycling of discarded tires for the purpose of transforming such discarded tires into such beneficial end uses. Additionally, the commissioner shall obtain information on the efficacy of tire hauler license or permit programs in ensuring that such discarded tires are not illegally dumped and are delivered only to facilities that store, dispose of or use such discarded tires in a manner that protects the public health and the environment. In obtaining such information, the commissioner may consult with the applicable environmental protection, environmental quality or waste management departments of states that require such licenses or permits for tire haulers, including, but not limited to, Michigan, Maryland and Texas. Not later than January 1, 2017, the commissioner shall submit a report, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the environment. Such report shall include, but need not be limited to, a discussion of any such identified beneficial end uses, data relating to the efficacy of such tire hauler license or permit programs and any recommendations for legislation concerning discarded tires in this state.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

ENV

Joint Favorable

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to: (1) identify the beneficial end uses for discarded tires resulting in recycling, (2) consider the viability of establishing a tire stewardship program, and (3) obtain information on the efficacy of a tire hauler license or permit program. The bill also requires DEEP to submit a report to the Environment Committee by January 1, 2017.

The bill has no fiscal impact. DEEP has already: (1) identified beneficial end uses for discarded tires, including recycling and energy uses, (2) considered the possibility of establishing a tire stewardship program, and (3) obtained information on establishing a tire hauler license or permit program.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5149

AN ACT CONCERNING BENEFICIAL END USES FOR DISCARDED TIRES AND THE EFFICACY OF TIRE HAULING LICENSES OR PERMITS.

SUMMARY:

The Office of Legislative Research does not analyze Special Acts.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

27

Nay

2

(02/24/2016)

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