OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5128

AN ACT REQUIRING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TIRE HAULER LICENSE.

SUMMARY

This bill requires the energy and environmental protection commissioner, by July 1, 2019, to establish a tire hauler license for people in the business of transporting discarded tires. The license must (1) require haulers to maintain a manifest and deliver the tires to facilities that store, dispose of, or use them in a manner that protects the public health and environment, and (2) prohibit haulers from dumping tires illegally. Under the bill, transporting used tires for verifiable personal use does not require a license.

The bill allows the commissioner to charge a reasonable license fee, prescribe the form and manner of applying for the license, and adopt implementing regulations. In developing the license requirements, the commissioner may review and consider the tire hauler license and permit requirements of other states, including Maryland, Michigan, and Texas.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

BACKGROUND

Tire Dumping

By law, it is illegal to dump tires on public property or private property owned by another, except at designated or licensed facilities that the person dumping the tires is authorized to use. Violators are subject to a civil penalty of between $1,000 and $10,000 for each day the violation continues. A court may order the violator to move the tires to a solid waste facility, and, if it finds the violation to be willful, may impose a civil penalty of three times the cost of remediation, in addition to other applicable civil penalties. The court also may order a violator to pay restitution to a landowner who has suffered damages. And any vehicle used to dump tires may be forfeited (CGS 22a-250 (d) & (h)).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

29

Nay

1

(02/28/2018)