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2014 House Bill 5400: Revise certain low-hazard waste restrictions

Public Act 178 of 2014

  1. Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on March 11, 2014, to reduce restrictions on using certain low-hazard industrial byproducts that potentially have a beneficial use, including as fertilizer, road construction material, construction fill or other uses. The bill would also expand the definition of “inert material” in the state environmental protection law to include a number of specified materials, which would not be subject to restrictions depending on how they are used.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on March 11, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on April 17, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on April 30, 2014. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on April 30, 2014.
    • Substitute offered in the House on April 30, 2014. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 30, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on April 30, 2014, to tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4820, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4820 would impose new regulations and a permit mandate on the storage and transport of “petroleum coke” (“pet coke”), which is related to a Marathon Oil refinery expansion in Detroit. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 30, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on April 30, 2014, to remove a provision that authorizes less restrictive regulations on coal "fly ash" if it is mixed with other substances (such as cement).
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Charles Smiley (D) on April 30, 2014, to prohibit a contractor using a "beneficial use by-product" on a project without first getting written permission from the property owner. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 30, 2014.
  2. Passed 68 to 42 in the House on May 6, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on May 7, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on May 7, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 28, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 4, 2014. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 4, 2014.
  4. Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to reduce restrictions on using certain low-hazard industrial byproducts that potentially have a beneficial use, including as fertilizer, road construction material, construction fill or other uses. The bill would also expand the definition of “inert material” in the state environmental protection law to include a number of specified materials, which would not be subject to restrictions depending on how they are used.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on June 4, 2014.
  6. Passed 70 to 40 in the House on June 10, 2014, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 17, 2014.

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