Bill Summary for H 244 (2017-2018)

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Apr 20 2017

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View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
House Bill 244 (Public) Filed Thursday, March 2, 2017
AN ACT TO (1) REQUIRE A FIVE-HUNDRED-FOOT BUFFER BETWEEN SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITIES AND SCHOOLS, ATHLETIC FIELDS, AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES HOSTING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES; (2) REQUIRE THE ADOPTION OF RULES TO REDUCE ODOR EMISSIONS FROM COMPOSTING FACILITIES; AND (3) PROVIDE FOR PUBLIC NOTICE OF PERMITS FOR SUCH FACILITIES.
Intro. by Howard, McElraft, McGrady, Setzer.

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House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

Amends the long title.

Deletes proposed amendment to GS 130A-294 (Solid waste management program) and replaces it with the following. Directs the Department to require at least a 500-foot buffer between the outermost boundary of any new solid waste management facility and the outermost boundary of any property on which a school and associated athletic field, or community facilities hosting outdoor activities, is located.

Amends GS 130A-309.11 (Compost standards and applications). Deletes the proposed language regarding Commission rules regarding the welfare of persons beyond the facility's boundary, retaining proposed language on rules regarding health and safety. Provides that these rules do not apply to composting activities occurring at a bona fide farm operation for which composting is not the operation's primary source of income. Amends proposed notice requirements for Department issuance or renewal of permits for solid waste management facilities, requiring notice by newspaper publication, notice by mail to persons who have requested such notice, and notice by email to persons who have requested such notice. Notice requirements do not apply to composting activities occurring at a bona fide farm operation for which composting is not the operation's primary source of income.

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