Honorable Dennis Bonnen, Chair, House Committee on Environmental Regulation
John Keel, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB1823 by Hamric (Relating to financial assurance for certain solid waste processing facilities. ), Committee Report 1st House, Substituted
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The bill would require the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to adopt rules to ensure that the owner or operator of a recycling facility, including a composting or mulching facility, to have sufficient financial assurance conditioned on the satisfactory operating and closing the recycling facility. The bill would exempt facilities with permits to dispose of municipal solid waste from these financial assistance requirements.
The TCEQ estimates that there are approximately 1,000 to 1,200 recycling facilities currently regulated by the agency. The TCEQ could incur some additional costs upon passage of the bill, since the agency would be required to determine whether levels of financial assurance are appropriate for operations and closings of facilities. There could also be additional costs involved to verify that financial assurance levels are sufficient. However, it is anticipated that such costs would be reasonably absorbed within agency resources currently dedicated to waste regulation.
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