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Protecting Waukesha County's Natural Resourses since 1978

Gasification

New Wisconsin Law Exempts Pyrolysis and Gasification from solid waste facility regulations.

2017 WI Act 284 – Signed by Governor Walker on 4/16/18 - https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/related/acts/284 )

“Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau"

This bill exempts pyrolysis and gasification facilities from certain laws relating to solid waste facilities.

A solid waste facility is a facility for the treatment, storage, or disposal of solid waste. Under current law and rules promulgated by the Department of Natural Resources, no person may operate a solid waste facility without an operating license from DNR. In addition, most solid waste facilities must undergo a pre-construction or pre-expansion site inspection, obtain DNR approval of a plan of operation for the facility, comply with certain performance standards to avoid or minimize adverse

environmental impacts, and provide proof of financial responsibility for the closure of the facility and the post-closure, long-term care of the facility.

This bill exempts pyrolysis and gasification facilities from the definition under current law of “solid waste facility.” The bill defines a pyrolysis facility as a facility where post-use plastics are heated until decomposed and then converted into other materials such as liquid fuel. Under the bill, a gasification facility is a facility where post-use plastics and certain other materials are heated and ultimately converted only into fuel or other chemical feedstock.”

TIMELINE

SB 646 Introduced on 12/21/17 by Sen. Cowles - https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/proposals/sb646

Public hearing on 1/04/18 

AB 789 Introduced on 12/27/2017 by Rep. Tittl - : https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/proposals/ab789

Public hearing waived on 3/15/2018

Presented to Gov. Walker on 4/12/2018 and signed on 4/16/18

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