1998 Regular Session
To: Conservation and Water Resources
By: Representative Ellington
House Bill 1475
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 17-17-221, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REVISE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A STATE NONHAZARDOUS SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN; TO AMEND SECTION 17-17-227, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO DELETE THE REQUIREMENT THAT LOCAL NONHAZARDOUS SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS BE UPDATED EVERY FIVE YEARS AND TO AUTHORIZE THE COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY TO REQUIRE REVISIONS AS NEEDED; TO DELETE LANGUAGE ON NONHAZARDOUS SOLID WASTE FEES; TO AMEND SECTION 17-17-229, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO DELETE LANGUAGE REQUIRING A DEMONSTRATION OF NEED FOR A NONHAZARDOUS SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY; TO MAKE TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENTS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 17-17-221, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
17-17-221. (1) The department may develop a state nonhazardous solid waste management plan. If the department develops a plan, the department shall use the information, conclusions and recommendations contained in approved local nonhazardous solid waste management plans. Nothing in the state nonhazardous solid waste management plan shall supersede or conflict with an existing or future solid waste management facility contained in an approved local nonhazardous solid waste management plan.
(2) If the department does not develop a state nonhazardous solid waste management plan, the approved local nonhazardous solid waste management plans collectively shall serve as the state plan.
SECTION 2. Section 17-17-227, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
17-17-227. (1) Before July 9, 1992, each county, either individually or in cooperation with others, in cooperation with municipalities within the county, shall prepare, adopt and submit to the commission for review and approval a local nonhazardous solid waste management plan for the county. Each local nonhazardous solid waste management plan shall include, at a minimum, the following:
(a) An inventory of the sources, composition and quantities by weight or volume of municipal solid waste annually generated within the county's boundaries, and the source, composition and quantity by weight or volume of municipal solid waste currently transported into the county for management;
(b) An inventory of all existing facilities where municipal solid waste is currently being managed, including the environmental suitability and operational history of each facility, and the remaining available permitted capacity for each facility;
(c) An inventory of existing solid waste collection systems and transfer stations within the county. The inventory shall identify the entities engaging in municipal solid waste collection within the county;
(d) A strategy for achieving a twenty-five percent (25%) waste reduction goal through source reduction, recycling or other waste minimization technologies;
(e) A projection, using acceptable averaging methods, of municipal solid waste generated within the boundaries of the county over the next twenty (20) years;
(f) An identification of the additional municipal solid waste management facilities, including an evaluation of alternative management technologies, and the amount of additional capacity needed to manage the quantities projected in paragraph (e);
(g) An estimation of development, construction, operational, closure and post-closure costs, including a proposed method for financing those costs;
(h) A plan for meeting any projected capacity shortfall, including a schedule and methodology for attaining the required capacity; and
(i) Any other information as the commission may require.
(2) Each local nonhazardous solid waste management plan may include:
(a) The preferred site or alternative sites for the construction of any additional municipal solid waste management facilities needed to properly manage the quantities of municipal solid waste projected for the service areas covered by the plan, including the factors which provided the basis for identifying the preferred or alternative sites; and
(b) The method of implementation of the plan with regard to the person or persons that will make application for and acquire the permit for any planned additional facilities and the person or persons that will own * * * or operate or both any * * * facilities.
(3) Each municipality shall cooperate with the county in planning for the management of municipal solid waste generated within its boundaries or the area served by such municipality. The governing authority of any municipality which does not desire to be included in the local nonhazardous solid waste management plan shall adopt a resolution stating its intent not to be included in that plan. The resolution shall be provided to the board of supervisors and the commission. Any municipality may prepare a plan separate from the county's local solid waste management plan in accordance with * * * this section.
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(4) The board of supervisors of any county may enter into interlocal agreements with one or more counties as provided by law to form a regional solid waste management authority to provide for the management of municipal solid waste for all participating counties. For purposes of Section 17-17-221 through Section 17-17-227, a local nonhazardous solid waste management plan prepared, adopted, submitted and implemented by the regional solid waste management authority is sufficient to satisfy the planning requirements for the counties and municipalities within the boundaries of the authority.
(5) (a) Upon completion of its local nonhazardous solid waste management plan, the governing body of the county shall publish in at least one (1) newspaper, as defined in Section 13-3-31, having general circulation within the county a public notice that describes the plan, specifies the location where it is available for review, and establishes a period of thirty (30) days for comments concerning the plan and a mechanism for submitting those comments. The board of supervisors shall also notify adjacent counties of the plan and shall make it available for review by the board of supervisors of each adjacent county. During the comment period, the board of supervisors of the county shall conduct at least one (1) public hearing concerning the plan. The governing body of the county shall publish twice in at least one (1) newspaper, as defined in Section 13-3-31, having general circulation within the county a notice conspicuously displayed containing the time and place of the hearing and the location where the plan is available for review.
(b) After the public hearing, the board of supervisors of the county may modify the plan based upon the public's comments. Within ninety (90) days after the public hearing, each board of supervisors shall approve a local nonhazardous solid waste management plan by resolution.
(c) A regional solid waste management authority shall declare the plan to be approved as the authority's solid waste management plan upon written notification, including a copy of the resolution, that the board of supervisors of each county forming the authority has approved the plan.
(6) Upon ratification of the plan, the governing body of the county or authority shall submit it to the commission for review and approval for compliance with * * * Section 17-17-225. The commission shall, by order, approve or disapprove the plan within one hundred eighty (180) days after its submission. The commission shall include with an order disapproving a plan a statement outlining the deficiencies in the plan and directing the governing body of the county or authority to submit, within one hundred twenty (120) days after issuance of the order, a revised plan that remedies those deficiencies. If the governing body of the county or authority, by resolution, requests an extension of the time for submission of a revised plan, the commission may, for good cause shown, grant one (1) extension for a period of not more than sixty (60) additional days.
(7) After approval of the plan or revised plan by the commission, the governing body of the county or authority shall implement the plan in compliance with the implementation schedule contained in the approved plan.
(8) The governing body of the county or authority shall annually review implementation of the approved plan. The commission may require the governing body of each county or authority to revise the local nonhazardous solid waste management plan as necessary, but not more than once every five (5) years.
(9) If the commission finds that the governing body of a county or authority has failed to submit a local nonhazardous solid waste management plan, obtain approval of its local nonhazardous solid waste management plan or materially fails to implement its local nonhazardous solid waste management plan, the commission shall issue an order in accordance with Section 17-17-29 to the governing body of the county or authority.
(10) The executive director of the department shall maintain a copy of the county and authority local nonhazardous solid waste management plans that the commission has approved and any orders issued by the commission.
(11) If a public notice required in subsection (5) was published in a newspaper, as defined in Section 13-3-31 having general circulation within the county, but was not published in a daily newspaper of general circulation as required by subsection (5) before April 20, 1993, the commission shall not disapprove the plan for failure to * * * publish the notice in a daily newspaper. Any * * * plan disapproved for that reason by the commission shall be deemed approved after remedying any other deficiencies in the plan.
SECTION 3. Section 17-17-229, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
17-17-229. (1) After approval of a local nonhazardous solid waste management plan by the commission, neither the department, the permit board nor any other agency of the State of Mississippi shall issue any permit, grant or loan for any nonhazardous solid waste management facility in a county or region which is not consistent with an approved county or regional nonhazardous solid waste management plan.
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(2) The commission shall develop and adopt criteria and standards to be considered in location and permitting of nonhazardous solid waste management facilities by July 1, 1992. The standards and criteria shall be developed through public participation, shall be enforced by the permit board and shall include, in addition to all applicable state and federal rules and regulations, consideration of:
(a) Hydrological and geological factors such as floodplains, depth to water table, soil composition, and permeability, cavernous bedrock, seismic activity, and slope;
(b) Natural resources such as wetlands, endangered species habitats, proximity to parks, forests, wilderness areas and historical sites, and air quality;
(c) Local land use whether residential, industrial, commercial, recreational, agricultural, proximity to public water supplies, and proximity to incompatible structures such as schools, churches and airports;
(d) Transportation factors, such as proximity to waste generators and to population, route safety and method of transportation; and
(e) Aesthetic factors such as the visibility, appearance and noise level of the facility.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1998.