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Enrolled House Bill (H)

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Environmental management matters. Provides that the term "onsite sewage system" applies to systems that treat sewage from municipalities or publicly owned treatment works. Strikes an incorrect statutory reference in the section defining that term. Amends the air pollution control law to add a reference to the law establishing the procedure for environmental rule making. Authorizes the use of certain regulated combustion facilities to dispose of drugs confiscated or collected as evidence by law enforcement agencies. Provides for the renewal of the certificate of a wastewater treatment plant operator, water treatment plant operator, or water distribution system operator after three years Environmental management matters. Provides that the term "onsite sewage system" applies to systems that treat sewage from municipalities or publicly owned treatment works. Strikes an incorrect statutory reference in the section defining that term. Amends the air pollution control law to add a reference to the law establishing the procedure for environmental rule making. Authorizes the use of certain regulated combustion facilities to dispose of drugs confiscated or collected as evidence by law enforcement agencies. Provides for the renewal of the certificate of a wastewater treatment plant operator, water treatment plant operator, or water distribution system operator after three years (instead of two years). Authorizes the environmental rules board to establish: (1) continuing education requirements; and (2) dates by which fees must be paid and proof of compliance with continuing education requirements must be submitted; as a condition of certificate renewal for wastewater treatment plant operators, water treatment plant operators, and water distribution system operators. Provides that, after a solid waste management district (SWMD) is dissolved, an employee of the SWMD who is also a member of the county executive, county legislative body, or county fiscal body: (1) may continue to hold the employee's elected office; (2) is neither required to resign nor considered to have resigned as a county employee; and (3) may not cast a vote on any matter concerning solid waste management as a member of the county executive, legislative body, or fiscal body. Repeals a section providing that a countywide regional water, sewage, or solid waste district established in response to an agreed order must have one appointed trustee who resides in the area that was the subject of the investigation resulting in the agreed order and one appointed trustee who is an elected official representing a political subdivision that has territory in the district. Makes it a Class B misdemeanor: (1) to make a false material statement or representation in a form, notice, or report required under an air pollution control permit or water pollution control permit; (2) to tamper with or falsify data from an air or water pollution monitoring device; or (3) to make a false material statement or representation in a label, manifest, record, report, or other document required under a hazardous waste permit. Makes it a Class B misdemeanor to transport regulated used oil without a manifest. Makes it a Class C misdemeanor to knowingly violate certain air pollution control rules, permit conditions, or fee or filing requirements. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor to willfully or negligently violate certain water pollution control rules, permit conditions, or fee or filing requirements. Defines "negligently." Provides for potential fines for environmental Class A misdemeanors and Class B misdemeanors in an amount exceeding the ordinary statutory limit on fines for Class A and Class B misdemeanors. Provides that certain violations of water pollution standards or limitations may be Class B or Class C misdemeanors. Provides that it is a felony for a person to knowingly commit any of certain offenses involving hazardous waste, air pollution, or water pollution if the person knows that the person's act places another person in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury. Requires the state department of health to adopt rules concerning: (1) the disposal of sewage through the use of onsite sewage systems for municipalities and publicly owned treatment works; and (2) sewage disposal in agricultural labor camps through methods other than septic tank absorption fields. Provides, for purposes of the statute defining the offense of criminal trespass as knowingly or intentionally entering real property after having been denied entry, that a property owner may "deny entry" to property by placing purple marks on trees or posts around the property. Urges the legislative council to assign an interim committee to study research and outreach efforts to reduce non-point source impacts on water quality conducted through government supported programs and by universities. ... View more