From the Office of Senator Robert Duncan, District 28

For Immediate Release
April 30, 2003
Contact: Deon Daugherty
512-463-0128, office
512-619-5473, cell

Sen. Duncan's legislation to cleanup recycling passes Senate

AUSTIN - The Senate today passed Senate Bill 585 by Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, that adds to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's significant ability to cleanup and close unauthorized recycling sites in Texas.

In many situations, the party responsible for the site cannot be found. Therefore, it falls to the state to avoid an environmental hazard, such as fire or groundwater contamination.

"TCEQ has done an admirable job in regulating solid waste, and this bill gives them another tool to continue their duties," Duncan said.

The commission recently adopted rules that require recycling facility operators to prove they are recycling the waste they accumulate, as required by law. Many of these un-permitted sites cannot meet the new requirements and for them, the options are to cleanup or close.

"This legislation is a key in making our environmental policies work," Duncan said. "This is a proactive move that will save the state money and headache in the long run. It's far better to cleanup the sites now than to allow 20 more years of waste to accumulate, which will cost the taxpayers even more."

The City of Lubbock has been a main supporter of this legislation. City Councilman Tom Martin and Richard Casner with Lubbock's City Attorney's Office spoke in favor of the bill when the Senate Committee on Natural Resources heard testimony on SB 585.

The legislation next goes to the House for approval.

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