THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2386

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2020

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to waste management.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Section 183C-4, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:

"(b) The department shall adopt rules governing the use of land within the boundaries of the conservation district that are consistent with the conservation of necessary forest growth, the conservation and development of land and natural resources adequate for present and future needs, and the conservation and preservation of open space areas for public use and enjoyment[.]; provided that no waste or disposal facility shall be located in a conservation district except in emergency circumstances where it may be necessary to mitigate significant risks to public safety and health; provided further that emergency circumstances shall not exceed three years. No use except a nonconforming use as defined in section 183C-5, shall be made within the conservation district unless the use is in accordance with a zoning rule. For the purposes of this subsection:

"Emergency" means any natural or man-made occurrence, or imminent threat, which results or may likely result in substantial injury or harm to the population or substantial damage to or loss of property.

"Waste or disposal facility" means any transfer station or landfill as defined in section 340A-1, open dump as defined in section 342H‑1, solid waste reduction facility or waste reduction facility as defined in section 342G-1, disposal facility, or any other facility for the disposal of solid waste that is required by law to obtain a permit from the department of health."

SECTION 2. Section 342H-52, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]342H-52[]] Prohibition[.]; buffer zones. (a) No person, including any federal agency, the State, or any county, shall construct, operate, modify, expand, or close a municipal solid waste landfill unit, or any component of a municipal solid waste landfill unit, without first obtaining a permit from the director. All permits for municipal solid waste landfill units shall be subject to such terms and conditions as the director determines are necessary to protect human health or the environment.

(b) No person, including any federal agency, the State, or any county, shall construct, operate, modify, or expand a municipal solid waste landfill unit, or any component of a municipal solid waste landfill unit, without first establishing a buffer zone of no less than one-half mile around the municipal solid waste landfill unit."

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2020.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Waste Management; Landfills; Buffer Zones; Conservation Districts

 

Description:

Prohibits any waste or disposal facility from being located in a conservation district except in emergency circumstances to mitigate significant risks to public safety and health. Requires no less than a one-half mile buffer zone for the construction, operation, modification, or expansion of a municipal solid waste landfill unit.

 

 

 

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