Resolution blocking Hazardous Waste Fee increases advances
February 4, 2020 - The Senate Rules, Joint Rules and Resolutions Committee today advanced SCR 38, a resolution to block planned fee increases by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Hazardous Waste Program.
AIM president and CEO Ray McCarty testified:
"AIM agreed to not oppose these Hazardous Waste program fee increases, provided the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources correct inappropriate transfers from the Hazardous Waste Fund to the Attorney General's Office, find other efficiencies, and focus their efforts on the core tasks they are required to perform," said McCarty. "Currently, the DNR is spending resources to comply with EPA guidance regarding vapor intrusion. Such guidance has been the subject of a Presidential Executive Order directing all federal agencies, including the EPA, to review all guidance documents and ensure the public and regulated entities understand such guidance documents are advisory only and do not have the force and effect of law or regulation. DNR needs to use their limited funds to perform only essential tasks required by the EPA to administer the Hazardous Waste program," he told the committee.
The concurrent resolution must be passed within 60 days of the beginning of the legislative session to effectively void the regulation increasing the hazardous waste fees. AIM continues to work with the DNR to try to find a solution to the issues raised.