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SB 1398 Coal combustion residuals unit; closure permit, assessments required.
SUMMARY AS PASSED: (all summaries)
Coal combustion residuals unit; closure permit; assessments required. Requires the owner or operator of a coal combustion residuals unit (CCR unit) to identify water pollution and address corrective measures to resolve it, evaluate the clean closure of the CCR unit by recycling the ash for use in cement or moving it to a landfill, and demonstrate the long-term safety of the CCR unit. The bill requires the owner or operator of each CCR unit to transmit a report on its progress to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and other agencies or legislative committees by January 1, 2018. The bill prohibits the Director of DEQ from delaying the issuance of a permit to close any CCR unit pending the completion of the assessment.