The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday sponsored by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., which seeks to reduce the regulations on businesses that dispose of solid waste.
Under the Solid Waste Disposal Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, there are two deadlines that would be eliminated if Gardner’s bill — The Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act — becomes law. The bill also would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to review and revise Solid Waste Disposal Act regulations as appropriate, instead of every three years as current law requires.
The EPA will also would be prohibited from imposing overlapping regulations on states where sufficient levels of protection for solid waste disposal already exist, according to a news release from Gardner’s office.
“Solid waste must be disposed of in a responsible, efficient and environmentally friendly manner, but there is no need for unnecessary regulations that put a strain on businesses. I urge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring this legislation to the Senate floor for a vote as soon as possible.”
Gardner introduced his bill in June of 2013.