HBA-KMH H.B. 1493 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1493 By: Alexander Environmental Regulation 2/24/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The Texas Clean Air Act grants the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission authority to measure and monitor emissions of air contaminants from a source or activity causing or resulting in emissions of air contaminants. In order to measure these emissions, monitors are required to be installed on incinerators. An emissions monitor may be more expensive than a small incinerator. H.B. 1493 allows small, dual-chambered incinerators to burn up to 500 pounds per hour of nonhazardous, nonmedical trash, rubbish, and refuse without being required to have an emissions monitor. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Subchapter B, Chapter 382, Health and Safety Code, by adding Section 382.0196, as follows: Sec. 382.0196. EXEMPTION FROM MONITORING REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN SMALL INCINERATORS. Defines "garbage" as solid waste consisting of putrescible animal or vegetable waste materials resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking or consumption of food, including waste materials from markets, storage facilities, or the handling or sale of produce or other food products. Exempts a dual-chambered incinerator from being equipped with an emissions monitoring device otherwise required by 30 T.A.C. Section 111.127(a) or similar rule if the incinerator has a manufacturer's rated capacity of not more than 500 pounds per hour of waste that is generated on-site, meets specified content requirements, and is used only to burn specified waste SECTION 2. Makes application of this Act prospective. SECTION 3. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.