OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5381

AN ACT CONCERNING REGULATORY AUTHORITY FOR WASTEWATER PERMITTING PROGRAMS.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 5548)

House Calendar No.: 179

Senate Calendar No.: 588

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Various Municipalities

Potential Savings

None

None

Potential

Explanation

The bill eliminates a requirement that the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) establish regulations for certain categories of wastewater discharge.

As DEEP currently issues general permits for certain categories of wastewater discharges in lieu of drafting regulations, there is no fiscal impact associated with waiving this requirement.

The bill also classifies waste conversion facilities as volume reduction plants. Additionally, it allows resources recovery facilities to generate energy with mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) through combustion only, rather than using any other energy generation process.1

As these changes in definition relate to emerging technologies, and does not affect current waste conversion processes, the bill is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact in FY 17 or FY 18.

However, the bill may result in savings to various municipalities in the outyears, to the extent new technologies result in lower-cost processing of MSW. A reduction in costs by these facilities may be passed on to municipalities through reduced tipping fees.

Lastly, the bill also reduces the amount of information a resources recovery facility must provide the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection with their permit application (known as a “determination of need”). As this process is already being streamlined by the agency, this also does not result in a fiscal impact.

House “A” adds the provisions concerning the waste conversion facilities as volume reduction plants resulting in the impact described above.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing savings identified above would occur in the outyears.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does 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.

1 Volume reduction plants convert MSW into electricity, fuel, gas, or chemicals, through thermal, chemical, or biological processes, but they are not resource recovery facilities. There are currently 7 waste conversion and forty volume reduction plants.