SB 417 Modifies provisions relating to the Department of Natural Resources
Sponsor: Lager
LR Number: 1688S.05I Fiscal Note available
Committee: Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment
Last Action: 4/3/2013 - Hearing Conducted S Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee Journal Page:
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Effective Date: Varies

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SB 417 - This act modifies provisions relating to the Department of Natural Resources.

SOLID WASTE (Sections 43.543, 260.200, 260.205) - Currently, the Department of Natural Resources requires any person applying for a permit to construct or operate a solid waste facility to file a disclosure statement. This act modifies the requirements of the disclosure statement and expands the definition of person to include a limited liability company, trust, or any other legal entity. It also requires, upon the request of the Director of DNR, a criminal background check for any person involved in the management activities of the solid waste facility. Additionally, the criminal background check may require the person to cooperate with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. This act adds the Department of Natural Resources to the list of state agencies that may use fingerprints in performing a background search. After the disclosure statement has been filed with DNR, any changes must be reported to the Director within thirty days of the change. After the issuance of a permit, the disclosure statement must be updated annually. Exemptions to these requirements are set forth in this act.

HAZARDOUS WASTE (Sections 260.379-260.395, 260.434, 260.475) - This act repeals DNR's discretion in issuing permits for the operation of any hazardous waste facility for having multiple violations within a limited period of time. This act does not require hazardous waste facility owners to include all postclosure activities to DNR, and removes the requirement that any person applying for a permit for a hazardous waste facility must submit with their permit application a profile of the environmental and economic characteristics of the area. This act also removes the ability of the department to not issue permits to persons who have been found to habitually violate solid or hazardous waste laws, and to assess transportation routes for transporting hazardous waste material. The authority to change the hazardous waste fee structure is given to the Hazardous Waste Management Commission.

AMENDING THE CLEAN WATER FEE STRUCTURE (Sections 644.057) - This section requires the Department of Natural Resources to conduct a comprehensive review of the clean water fee structure. Upon completion of the review, the Department must submit recommendations for changes to the fee structure to the Clean Water Commission. The Commission must vote on the proposed changes by the Department. If approved, the Commission shall promulgate the suggested changes to the fee structure, and, if not disapproved by the General Assembly, the changes would go into effect. If the General Assembly disapproves such changes, the clean water permit fee structure would revert to the fee structure set forth in the most recent preceding regulation. This section has an emergency clause.

EXTENSION OF PERMIT FEES (Sections 260.262, 260.380, 260.475, 444.772, 644.054) - This act extends the expiration date of the current battery fees, hazardous waste fees, industrial minerals fees, and clean water fees from December 31, 2013 to December 31, 2018.

AIR CONSERVATION (Section 643.079) - This act give the Air Conservation Commission the authority to adjust the fee structure relating to air. This act requires the Department of Natural Resources to conduct a comprehensive review of the fee structure. Upon completion of the review, the Department must submit recommendations for changes to the fee structure to the Air Conservation Commission. The Commission must vote on the proposed changes by the Department. If approved, the Commission shall promulgate the suggested changes to the fee structure, and, if not disapproved by the General Assembly, the changes would go into effect. If the General Assembly disapproves such changes, the fee structure would revert to the fee structure set forth in the most recent preceding regulation.

This act is similar to HCS/HB 604 (2013), SS/SCS/HB 650 (2013), HCS/HB 881 (2013), and the truly agreed to and finally passed SS/SCS/HCS/HB 28 (2013).

KAYLA CRIDER