By Chisum H.B. No. 2628 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the public meeting and hearing requirements for 1-3 proposed solid waste management facilities. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Subchapter C, Chapter 361, Health and Safety 1-6 Code, is amended by revising Section 361.0791(a) and (b) to read as 1-7 follows: 1-8 Sec. 361.0791. Public Meeting and Notice Requirement. 1-9 (a) Notwithstanding other law, the commission shall hold a 1-10 public meeting on an application for a new hazardous waste 1-11 management facility in the county in which the proposed hazardous 1-12 waste management facility is to be located. The commission, on 1-13 request of a person affected or as otherwise required by commission 1-14 rule, shall hold a public hearing on an application for a Class 3 1-15 modification or a major amendment to an existing facility's 1-16 hazardous waste permit. 1-17 (b) Notwithstanding other law, the commission shall hold a 1-18 public meeting on an application for a new municipal solid waste 1-19 management facility in the county in which the proposed municipal 1-20 solid waste management facility is to be located. 1-21 (c) A public meeting held as part of a local review process 1-22 under Section 361.063 meets the requirement of Subsection (a) or 1-23 (b) if notice is provided as required by this section. 2-1 (d) A public meeting under this section is not a contested 2-2 case hearing under the Administrative Procedure and Texas Register 2-3 Act (Article 6252-13a, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes). 2-4 (e) If a meeting is required under Subsection (a), not less 2-5 than once each week during the three weeks preceding a public 2-6 meeting, the applicant shall publish notice of the meeting in the 2-7 newspaper of the largest general circulation that is published in 2-8 the county in which the proposed facility is to be located or, if 2-9 no newspaper is published in the county, in a newspaper of general 2-10 circulation in the county. The applicant shall provide the 2-11 commission, department, or Texas Air Control Board, as appropriate, 2-12 an affidavit certifying that the notice was given as required by 2-13 this section. Acceptance of the affidavit creates a rebuttable 2-14 presumption that the applicant has complied with this section. 2-15 (f) The published notice may not be smaller than 96.8 square 2-16 centimeters or 15 square inches with the shortest dimension at 2-17 least 7.6 centimeters or three inches and shall contain, at a 2-18 minimum, the following information: 2-19 (1) the permit application number; 2-20 (2) the applicant's name; 2-21 (3) the proposed location of the facility; and 2-22 (4) the location and availability of copies of the 2-23 permit and application. 2-24 (g) The applicant shall pay the cost of notice required to 2-25 be provided under this section. The commission by rule may 3-1 establish procedures for payment of those costs. 3-2 SECTION 2. Section 361.081, Health and Safety Code, is 3-3 amended to read as follows: 3-4 Section 361.081. Notice of Hearing Concerning Application 3-5 for a Solid Waste Facility. 3-6 (a) The department or the commission, whichever is 3-7 appropriate, shall require the applicant to mail notice to each 3-8 residential or business address located within one-half mile of a 3-9 new solid waste management facility and to each owner of real 3-10 property located within one-half mile of a new solid waste 3-11 management facility listed in the real property appraisal records 3-12 of the appraisal district in which the solid waste management 3-13 facility is sought to be permitted as of the date the department or 3-14 commission, whichever is appropriate, determines the permit 3-15 application is administratively complete. The notice must be sent 3-16 by mail and must be deposited with the United States postal service 3-17 not more than 45 days or less than 30 days before the date of the 3-18 hearing. 3-19 (b) The applicant must certify to the department or 3-20 commission that the mailings were deposited as required by 3-21 Subsection (a). Acceptance of the certification creates a 3-22 rebuttable presumption that the applicant has complied with this 3-23 section. Substantial compliance with the notice requirements of 3-24 Subsection (a) is sufficient for the commission to exercise 3-25 jurisdiction over an application for a solid waste facility. 4-1 (c) In addition to the requirements of Subsection (a), the 4-2 department or commission, whichever is appropriate, shall hold a 4-3 public meeting and the applicant shall give notice concerning the 4-4 application for a permit for a new hazardous waste management 4-5 facility as provided by Section 361.0791. 4-6 SECTION 3. The change in law made by this Act applies only 4-7 to the public meeting and notice requirements for a solid waste 4-8 management application under Subchapter C, Chapter 361, Health and 4-9 Safety Code, that are received by the Texas Water Commission or its 4-10 successor on or after the effective date of this Act. 4-11 SECTION 4. This Act takes effect September 1, 1993. 4-12 SECTION 5. This importance of this legislation and the 4-13 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses creates an 4-14 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 4-15 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 4-16 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.