RadioActive 3/28/19

LD 401: Bill to Comprehensively Reform Waste Policy in Maine

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco
Production assistance from Dawn Neptune Adams, Sunlight Media Collective

a) Today we discuss a bill looking to comprehensively address waste issues in Maine : LD 401, “An Act to
Preserve State Landfill Capacity and Promote Recycling”,
(legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0310&item=1&snum=129)
written by longtime waste organizer Hillary Lister and others from effected communities.

b) LD 401 would request the accurate tracking and record keeping of waste from its generation to final disposal point, including as landfill leachate discharged into Maine waterways. It would walk back a 2011 state statute that allows out of state waste to be re-classified as in-state waste. It would also walk back the ability for the state to meet recycling goals by counting construction and demolition debris landfill covering and waste biosolids used as agricultural fertilizer. It would strengthen protections for the health of those living in close proximity to waste disposal facilities.

c) A public hearing on the bill will be held by the Maine Legislature’s Environmental and Natural Resources Committee,(legislature.maine.gov/Audio/#216) on Wednesday, April 3rd and 10 am. Written comments will be accepted until that time at enr@legislature.maine.gov.

Guest: Hillary Lister, co-author of LD 401 : “An Act to Preserve State Landfill Capacity and Promote Recycling” legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0310&item=1&snum=129
Contact info: hmaine9@gmail.com or 207-314-4692

This program was produced with the Sunlight Media Collective.