SECTION 1. Section 150A of Chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraphs:—
No site in any city or town shall be assigned as a new site, or for the expansion of an existing site of a facility for the combustion, incineration, thermal conversion, or gasification of municipal solid waste or construction and demolition debris, or a resource recovery facility, which is rated by the department at more than one ton of refuse per hour.
The department shall not grant a permit for a facility, or for the expansion of an existing facility for the combustion, incineration, thermal conversion, or gasification of municipal solid waste or construction and demolition debris, or a resource recovery facility, which is rated by the department at more than one ton of refuse per hour.
SECTION 2. Said chapter 111 is hereby amended by inserting after section 150B the following section:-
Section 150C. (a) In section 150C, the following definitions shall have the following meanings:
“Incineration” oxidation of solid waste by any means, including burning, thermal conversion, pyrolysis, gasification, torrefaction or any other process which either causes thermal conversion, rapid oxidation, or converts said material to a gaseous, liquid, or solid fuel that is to be burned at the site where the conversion takes place, or in another location.
“Anaerobic Digestion” a series of processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen.
(b) The department shall not approve, issue, or extend any permits for incineration of municipal solid waste or construction and demolition debris which extend past April 22, 2024.
(c) The Department shall revoke any permits for incineration which extend past April 22, 2024.
(d) Nothing in this section shall prohibit the establishment and permitting of facilities which utilize anaerobic digestion.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
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