2021 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Committee Approved)

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Study of Advanced Recycling (language only)

Item 376 #1h

Item 376 #1h

Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Quality


Page 455, after line 29, insert:

"C. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is directed to study the chemical conversion process referred to as Advanced Recycling, which includes the processes of pyrolysis, gasification, depolymerization and other processes which convert certain plastic waste into hydrocarbon raw materials. The study would include a survey of other states' approach to regulation of Advanced Recycling, review of the operational history and environmental impacts of the industry, and recommendations for regulation of the industry in Virginia to ensure that the Commonwealth's air, water, land and other natural resources are fully protected. DEQ would include recommendations as to whether the Commonwealth's Solid Waste Management laws and Department regulations pursuant to 9VAC20-81-410 and relevant air and water permitting regulations would provide adequate regulation of the industry, or would require revision. The study would also invite input from a stakeholder advisory group convened by the agency, comprised of representatives of the chemical conversion industry, recycling industry, environmental organizations and community representatives. The Department shall provide a summary of its study and make recommendations on the regulation of the advanced recycling industry within a report submitted to the Chair of the House Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee and the Chair of the Senate Agriculture Conservation and Natural Resources Committee by December 31, 2021."


(This amendment directs the Department of Environmental Quality to study Advanced Recycling, and report its findings to the Chairs of the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources and Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committees by December 31, 2021.)