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2010 Senate Bill 1347: Streamline hazardous material spill regulatory regime
  1. Introduced by Sen. Ray Basham (D) on May 25, 2010, to streamline the regulations for cleanups of hazardous materials that exist on a property or are spilled. The Department of Natural Resources and Environment’s authority to write rules more stringent than federal standards would be eliminated. In conformance with the project of Senate Bills 1345 to 1349, this bill revises a property owner’s notification and response responsibilities under the law, and requires the department to create an ongoing inventory of known contaminations.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee on May 25, 2010.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 1, 2010, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on July 28, 2010, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. For details see Senate Fiscal Agency Analysis. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on July 28, 2010.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Liz Brater (D) on August 17, 2010, to revise a provision in the current law governing hazardous material response activities that requires action by a property owner who "has knowledge" of pollution, to instead make this "has reason to believe" there is pollution, and impose increased disclosure and notification requirements. The amendment failed 16 to 22 in the Senate on August 17, 2010.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 30 to 8 in the Senate on August 17, 2010, to revise a property owner’s notification and response responsibilities in the regulations for cleanups of hazardous materials that exist on a property or are spilled. Also, to require the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to create inventories of residential closures and other known toxic properties. The bill is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 1345 to 1349.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on August 18, 2010.
    • Referred to the House New Economy And Quality Of Life Committee on August 18, 2010.
      • Reported in the House on November 10, 2010, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.

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