Posted on Wed, Mar. 05, 2003 Repair gap in state's imported-garbage standards
The proposed garbage-to-electricity plant in Clark County has revealed a weakness in state enforcement that the legislature is half-way to repairing.
Regulators had exempted the handling of up to a million tons a year of processed municipal garbage from New York and New Jersey from the state's solid waste management standards.
A hearing officer recently ruled that the state regulators were wrong and sent the decision back for reconsideration. But the hearing officer's ruling still is subject to legal appeal.
House Bill 473, awaiting action by the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, removes any room for future misinterpretation. The Senate should not let this bill die; its protections reach statewide.