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House Bill 1343


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House Bill 1343

ARCHIVE (2000)

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DIGEST OF HB 1343 (Updated March 3, 2000 5:14 PM - DI 52)

Environmental notices, reports, penalties, and permits. Requires a publicly owned treatment works permittee that determines that an upset has occurred or is likely to occur and that the upset poses a threat to human health or animal life to notify the department of environmental management under certain circumstances, and requires the department to notify all appropriate state and local government agencies and the media, and to consider whether to provide technical assistance. Doubles the minimum and maximum criminal fine that may be imposed for a person who intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly violates certain environmental laws, rules, and standards. Doubles the maximum criminal fine that may be imposed, and establishes a minimum fine, for certain hazardous waste violations. Requires the department of environmental management to prepare a report concerning: (1) restoration of the White River; (2) means to reduce the probability of spills to sewage collection systems and to surface waters, to improve the timeliness and efficiency of protocols and procedures for notice to affected entities, and to improve emergency response procedure and interagency coordination for spills; and (3) identification of all contamination events since 1995 in which fish or other aquatic species were killed and in which civil penalties were imposed. Establishes the distribution of the report, and directs the environmental quality service council to study the report and make recommendations to the general assembly. Voids a subsection of a rule of the air pollution control board, subject to exceptions of certain specified types of construction or modification, that limits in certain circumstances the eligibility of the construction or modification of emission units, operations, or processes for exemption from the requirement to obtain a registration, permit, modification approval, or permit revision. Provides that the air pollution control board may not adopt limitations of that nature in the future. Directs the air pollution control board to amend the rule to reflect these provisions.
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