Iowa Code § 455B.481 - Waste management policy

Cite as:Iowa Code § 455B.481
Currency:Current through 2020 Legislative Session

1. The purpose of this part is to promote the proper [and safe storage, treatment, and disposal] management of solid, hazardous, and low-level radioactive wastes in Iowa. [The management of these wastes generated within Iowa is the responsibility of Iowans. It is the intent of the general assembly that Iowans assume this responsibility to the extent consistent with the protection of public health, safety, and the environment, and that Iowans insure that waste management practices, as alternatives to land disposal, including source reduction, recycling, compaction, incineration, and other forms of waste reduction, are employed.] [2. It is also the intent of the general assembly that a comprehensive waste management plan be established by the department which includes: the determination of need and adequate regulatory controls prior to the initiation of site selection; the process for selecting a superior site determined to be necessary; the establishment of a process for a site community to submit or present data, views, or arguments regarding the selection of the operator and the technology that best ensures proper facility operation; the prohibition of shallow land burial of hazardous and low-level radioactive wastes; the establishment of a regulatory framework for a facility; and the establishment of provisions for the safe and orderly development, operation, closure, postclosure, and long-term monitoring and maintenance of the facility.]

[3.] 2. [In order to meet capacity assurance requirements of section 104k of the federal Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, Pub. L. No. 99-499, and further the objectives of waste minimization, the] The department, in cooperation with the [small business assistance center at the university of northern Iowa] Iowa waste reduction center for safe and economic management of solid waste and hazardous substances established in section 268.4 , shall work with generators of hazardous wastes in the state to develop and implement aggressive waste minimization programs. [The goal of these programs is to reduce the volume of hazardous waste generated in the state as a whole by twenty-five percent of the amount generated as of January 1, 1987, as reported in the biennial reports collected by the United States environmental protection agency. The twenty-five percent reduction goal shall be reached as expeditiously as possible and no later than July 1, 1994. In meeting the reduction goal, elements "a" through "d" of the hazardous waste management hierarchy shall be utilized. The department, in cooperation with the small business assistance center, shall reassess the twenty-five percent reduction goal in 1994.] The department shall [promote research and development,] provide and promote educational and informational programs, [promote and encourage] provide confidential, voluntary technical assistance to hazardous waste generators, promote assistance by the [small business assistance] Iowa waste reduction center, and promote other voluntary activities by the public a...

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