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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 70         FILED ON: 1/14/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1660

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

James B. Eldridge

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to reinstate the clean environment fund.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

James B. Eldridge

 

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Michael J. Moran

18th Suffolk

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 70        FILED ON: 1/14/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1660

By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1660) of James B. Eldridge, Carolyn C. Dykema, Michael J. Moran, Jennifer E. Benson and other members of the General Court for legislation to reinstate the clean environment fund.  Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 1487 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act to reinstate the clean environment fund.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Chapter 94 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting the following new section:

              Section 323G.-

              There shall be established on the books of the Commonwealth a separate fund to be known as the Clean Environment Fund. All unredeemed bottle bill deposits collected pursuant to Chapter 94, sec. 323D shall be deposited into the Clean Environment Fund.  Amounts deposited in said fund shall be used solely for programs and projects in the management of solid waste and for environmental protection.

              Not less than sixty percent of amounts deposited in the Fund annually shall be used for creation and support of waste reduction, recycling and composting programs, outreach, infrastructure and market development in the public, private and institutional sectors, as set forth in the department of environmental protection's Solid Waste Management Plan: 2006 Revision

              Not less than one percent of amounts deposited annually in the Fund shall be used by the Office of the State Auditor for the oversight of the bottle deposit law and Fund expenditures. Oversight activities shall include, but not limited to, the performance of onsite reviews to investigate fraudulent activities and illegal redemptions, the review of reports submitted by bottlers and distributors in accordance with Section 323B of Chapter 94 of the General Laws and the review of all expenditures from the Fund to determine whether said monies are being used for their intended purpose.

              Not less than ten (10) percent of amounts deposited annually in the Fund shall be used by the Department of Environmental Protection Drinking Water Program for administration and implementation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.  These amounts shall be used to reduce or supplement the Safe Drinking Water Assessment Fee paid annually to the Department by public water systems pursuant to Section 18A of Chapter 21A of the General Laws.  Use of these funds by the Department shall be consistent with the requirements of Section 18A of Chapter 21A of the General Laws with oversight by the Advisory Committee established by that statute.

              Remaining amounts deposited annually in the Fund shall be appropriated for capital improvements under the control of Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Parks for construction that meets LEEDS building standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council

              SECTION 2. Qualifying programs funded under Chapter 94, Section 323G (b) shall include but are not limited to:

              (a)              municipal recycling and waste reduction program improvements, including unit-based pricing, single stream collection, composting, and public space recycling 

              (b)              municipal recycling equipment 

              (c)              school recycling and composting program establishment and improvements 

              (d)              commercial and institutional recycling and composting program establishment and improvements 

              (e)              recycling service provider grants, low interest equipment loans and tax incentives 

              (f)              recycling and waste reduction outreach and education – schools and the general public 

              (g)              market development for recovered materials 

              (h)              enforcement of Waste Bans (9310 CMR 19.017) by the Department of Environment Protection  

              (i)              other activities as recommended by the department 

              SECTION 3. Section 323D of Chapter 94 is amended by inserting in place of the words twenty three F in line 8, the following words, twenty -three G.

              SECTION 4. Section 3 of Chapter 21 of the General Laws as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by:- inserting after the last sentence the following new sentence:- With funding from Chapter 94 Section 323G (d) the commissioner shall establish a program to increase recycling opportunities for all property under his control.  The commissioner shall file a report on all programs supported by this Fund annually with the joint committee on environment, natural resources and agriculture, on or before December 31st of each year. The report shall contain, but not be limited to, activities promoting recycling on property under the control of the division of urban parks and recreation and the division of state parks and recreation.

              SECTION 5. Chapter 21H of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after Section 7, the following new section:-

              Section 7A. The department with funding from Chapter 94, Section 323G (b), shall establish a program to increase recycling opportunities at all publicly owned facilities and shall work with all appropriate state and local agencies and other entities to establish such a program.

              SECTION 6. Section 33 of Chapter 92 of the General Laws as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition is hereby amended by inserting after the first paragraph the following new paragraph:- With funding from Chapter 94 Section 323G 9 (d), the commissioner of the division shall (a) require the development and incorporation of recycling opportunities into all reservation designs or redesigns and (b) establish a program to increase recycling opportunities in all of the reservations under his control.

              SECTION 7. After a period of five years from the implementation of this law, the funding level need shall be evaluated by the department in consultation with the solid waste advisory committee, the joint committee on environment, natural resources and agriculture and the Tellus Institute, and adjusted according to need.

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