The Speaker of the House of Representatives announces that the House of Representatives will not consider the so-called “Advanced Recycling” bill

Tuesday 21 June 2022

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House Speaker Joe Chicarchi Photo: GoLocal

Tuesday morning, GoLocal has published a story about the growing opposition to a bill that opponents say would allow the unregulated burning of plastics and what proponents call an innovation to recycle plastic products.

“The House will not consider legislation (H 8089/S 2788A) this year that adds advanced recycling as a definition of waste disposal. We are a member-driven body and our members have spoken to us loud and clear that they have serious unresolved questions,” Shakarchi’s office said in a statement. regarding this law.

The Rhode Island Environmental Council (ECRI), the People’s Port Authority, environmental sanitation organizations, and community members issued a statement Monday stating that groups have a “strong opposition to burning toxic plastic or so-called ‘Advance Recycling’ bills (S2788/H8089) that undermine Efforts to Protect Sanitation Communities and Meet Climate Targets Act.

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“We have had the best year ever in terms of environmental legislation and we don’t want to take a step back by passing this law. For example, we have passed, or are about to pass, legislation that sets the strongest renewable energy standards in the country, and increases energy production Renewables and supplies, increase offshore wind capacity, reduce plastic bag use, remove “forever harmful chemicals” in water and packaging, and invest hundreds of millions of dollars to support climate resilience and the green and blue economy.We enacted a landmark climate law last year , and we really maintained the momentum in our session concluding this week,” said Skarchi’s office.

The American Chemistry Council sent a letter Monday via lobby group New Harbor stating that “Advanced recycling is a manufacturing process that uses various technologies to convert used plastics into new, virgin quality plastics approved for use in the most sensitive applications., including food contact. and medical uses This process will help reduce plastic waste at Rhode Island’s Central Landfill, which is expected to be at capacity in the next decade.Advanced recycling supports continued progress toward eliminating waste and achieving sustainability goals and could double the rate of plastic packaging recycling in the United States and Canada by 2030, according to a recent report by Closed Loop Partners, an investment and research firm.

RIDEM has expressed strong opposition to the legislation. “Our interpretation is that if passed, the DEM would not have the authority to require activities that are permitted or otherwise regulate these facilities under our solid waste regulations. And how much regulation would be regulated under our air pollution control regulations is not clear. The letter indicates That we raised concerns about the original invoice. Section A adds restrictions on where an advanced recycling/pyrolysis facility can be built and requires additional air quality monitoring for any such facility. Our concerns about Senate Sub-Bill 2788 remain the same It was in the beginning,” said Michael Healy, a spokesperson for DEM.

“DEM believes it sets a bad precedent for providing regulatory exemptions for certain technology. I don’t think the House version of the bill has received a hearing yet, but our testimony will be the same. The solid waste permitting process should allow for an opportunity for public comment, and the power to set conditions on Establishing and operating the facility in general, and providing financial guarantees that closure will take place properly if the facility encounters difficulties. Given that this is an innovative technology, we believe these actions are important,” adds Healy.

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