HBA-KMH H.B. 2619 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2619 By: Ramsay Environmental Regulation 3/24/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Texas adopted a used oil filter landfill ban in 1995 to facilitate the recycling of used oil filters. Currently, there are no statutory provisions concerning used oil filter management standards. The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission has had regulations in place regulating the recycling of used oil filters since 1993. Concerns have been raised that the regulations are burdensome and that it is difficult to comply with them. H.B. 2619 provides standards concerning time limits for transporting, storage, and processing of used oil filters. This bill also prohibits the discharge of used oil into the soil or water and the placement of a used oil filter containing oil on land. Furthermore, this bill subjects a person who violates a provision of this act to civil and administrative penalties. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that rulemaking authority is expressly delegated to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission in SECTION 1 (Section 371.109, Health and Safety Code) and SECTION 2 of this bill. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Chapter 371, Health and Safety Code, by adding Subchapter E, as follows: SUBCHAPTER E. FILTER STORAGE, TRANSPORTATION, OR PROCESSING Sec. 371.101. DEFINITIONS. Defines "bill of lading," "component parts," "generator," "oil filter," "process," "processor," "store," "storage facility," "transporter," and "used oil filter." Sec. 371.102. APPLICABILITY. (a) Sets forth that this chapter does not apply to a prescribed type of industrial generator, or a used oil filter that has been separated into its component parts, except as provided by Subsection (b). (b) Sets forth that certain filters may be transported to, stored by, or processed by a registered processor only in compliance with applicable rules. Sec. 371.103. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS. Prohibits a person from storing, processing, or disposing of a used oil filter in a manner that results in the discharge of oil into soil or water. Prohibits a person from knowingly placing on land a used oil filter that contains oil. Sec. 371.104. REGISTRATION AND REPORTING. Prohibits a transporter or processor from storing, processing, or disposing of used oil filters unless the person is registered with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (commission). Prohibits a person from storing oil filters that in the aggregate have a volume greater than six 55-gallon drums unless the person is registered with the commission as a storage facility. Requires a registered transporter, storage facility, or processor to: _renew the registration biennially; and, _report to the commission biennially: _the number of used oil filters the person transported, stored, or processed in the previous two years; and _any other information commission rules require. Sec. 371.105. SHIPMENT RECORDS. Provides that each shipment of used oil filters must be accompanied by a bill of lading that conforms to commission rules. Provides that, in accordance with the commission rules, a copy of the bill of lading must be maintained by the generator, transporter, storage facility, and processor of the filters for at least three years after the date the filters were transported, stored, or processed. Provides that the bill of lading must be made available for the commission to inspect at any reasonable time. Sec. 371.106. LIMITATIONS ON STORAGE. Prohibits a storage facility from storing a used oil filter for more than 90 days. Prohibits a transporter from storing a used oil filter for more than 10 days. Prohibits a processor from storing a used oil filter for more than 30 days before it is processed. Sec. 371.107. VARIANCES. Authorizes the commission to grant an individual variance to allow a facility to store used oil filters in greater volume or for a longer period than prescribed herein. Prohibits the commission from granting a variance under this section for a period longer than two years. Sec. 371.108. SPILL PREVENTION AND CONTROL. Requires each registered storage facility and each facility of a registered processor to develop a plan to prevent spills and respond to spills. Provides that the plan must be approved by the commission. Sec. 371.109. FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. Requires the commission to adopt rules requiring a person required to register under Section 371.104 to demonstrate adequate financial responsibility. Sec. 371.110. CIVIL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES. Subjects a person to liability for a civil penalty of not less than $100 or more than $500 for each violation and for each day of a continuing violation notwithstanding Sections 7.052 (Maximum Penalty) and 7.102 (Maximum Penalty), Water Code. Authorizes the commission or the attorney general at the request of the commission to bring suit under Subchapter D (Civil Penalties), Chapter 7, Water Code, to recover the penalty. Authorizes a local government with jurisdiction over the area in which the violation occurred to bring suit to recover the penalty. Requires the Texas comptroller of public accounts (comptroller) to deposit the state's share of the penalty provided by Section 7.107 (Division of Civil Penalty), Water Code, to the credit of the used oil recycling fund. Subjects a violation described in this section to administrative penalty. Authorizes the commission to recover the administrative penalty in a proceeding conducted as provided by Subchapter C (Administrative Penalties), Chapter 7, Water Code. SECTION 2. (a) Effective date: September 1, 1999, except as provided by Subsection (b) of this section. (b) Provides that the following provisions take effect January 1, 2000: (1) Sections 371.104-371.106, Health and Safety Code, as added by this Act; and (2) Section 371.110, Health and Safety Code, as added by this Act. (c) Requires the commission to adopt rules so that the commission may begin enforcement of Sections 371.104-371.106 on the date those sections take effect. (d) Provides that for the purposes of Section 371.106, Health and Safety Code, as added by this Act, the period of storage of a used oil filter that on January 1, 2000, is being stored by a person described by that section begins on January 1, 2000, regardless of the date the storage of the oil filter began. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.