Bill Summary for S 474 (2021)

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Jun 17 2021

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Senate Bill 474 (Public) Filed Thursday, April 1, 2021
AN ACT TO MAKE CERTAIN AMENDMENTS TO THE SEPTAGE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY'S DIVISION OF WASTE MANAGEMENT.
Intro. by McInnis, Steinburg, Britt.

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

Modifies the proposed revisions to the permitting required for septage management firms to commence or continue operation pursuant to GS 130A-291.1. Adds to the proposed changes to subsection (c) that the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) must grant or deny a complete permit application within 90 days of receipt in accordance with GS 130-294(a)(4), which sets forth parameters for the permitting of solid waste management facilities, including stated disqualifications and a requirement for DEQ to notify an applicant of reasons for denial and a statement of changes required for the applicant to obtain a permit (replacing the proposed provision requiring DEQ to notify the applicant in writing of reasons for denial and granting the applicant the opportunity to correct the basis of denial). Replaces the proposed changes in subsection (e4), now requiring a permit to be amended in the event of a change in ownership or corporate structure to reflect the change in ownership, corporate structure, and contact information upon DEQ approval of the application for permit amendment (previously required permit modifications when there is a change in ownership or corporate structure). Makes a clarifying change to subsection (h1) to refer to pumper trucks and vehicles used in transportation, containment, or (was, and) consolidation of liquid septage. 

Regarding the directive for the Environmental Review Commission to implement the Septage Land Application Site Renewal Rule (15A NCAC 13B .0832), corrects the title of the rule to the "Septage Land Application Site and Septage Detention and Treatment Facility Renewal Rule." Now provides for subsequent permit renewals for septage land application sites and septage detention and treatment facilities (was, septage land application sites only) to be valid for 10 years. Makes the provisions and rules adopted thereunder apply to all septage land application site and septage detention and treatment facility permit renewals issued on or after July 1, 2021 (was, June 1, 2021).

Regarding the prohibition barring DEQ from offering renewal education online for septage management firm operators or septage land application operators unless needed on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the septage industry associations, makes the prohibition effective the earlier of either July 1, 2021 (was, June 1, 2021), or upon the date an executive order rescinding Section 5 of Executive Order No. 209 (2021) becomes effective.

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