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NSWMA: Florida Legislature Passes Key Solid Waste Legislation

Industry Priorities Were Passed and Should Become Law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--The Florida Chapter of the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) today applauded the passage of two pieces of key solid waste legislation by the Florida Senate and House of Representatives during the 2012 legislative session. NSWMA is hopeful that the bills will be signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott.

NSWMA Florida Chapter Chair John Clifford stated that the Chapter was very pleased with the legislation that was passed. According to Clifford, “Our Chapter's two top priorities were passed this session and both of them were unanimously approved.”

The first bill supported by the NSWMA was HB 503 by Rep. Jimmy Patronis (R-Panama City). This bill is a major rewrite of the environmental permitting laws that includes language that will double the term of permit extensions for solid waste management facilities with leachate collection systems from 10 to 20 years. Those facilities without leachate collection systems would be able to extend their permit terms from 5 to 10 years.

Government relations specialist for the Florida Chapter Keyna Cory said the success of passing this important legislation was due to the grassroots effort. “Florida Chapter members really stepped up to the plate and contacted their legislators before key committee votes letting them know how important this issue was to their company,” said Cory.

NSWMA Florida Chapter Vice Chair Chuck Dees stated that working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection was another key factor for a successful session. “We began working with DEP early in the process so that we could agree to compromise language that is beneficial to the industry without harming the environment,” stated Mr. Dees.

The other passed legislation on the Chapter's Session Priority list was HB 7003 by Rep. Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island). This bill creates a statewide Environmental Resource Permitting system. This legislation will give consistency to the five DEP districts when it comes to the permitting process.

Each bill is consistent with legislative intent to require regulations to be effective in protecting the environment, not just burdensome to industry.

NSWMA – a sub-association of the Environmental Industry Associations – represents for-profit companies in North America that provide solid, hazardous and medical waste collection, recycling and disposal services, and companies that provide professional and consulting services to the waste services industry. NSWMA members conduct business in all 50 states.

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