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Environmental bills before the 2018 Utah Legislature

HB0005S01 Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Base BudgetGovernor Signed
Supplements or reduces appropriations previously provided for the support and operation of state government for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018; and appropriates funds for the support and operation of state government for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019.

HB0027 Underground Storage Tank Act Amendments
Modifies the Petroleum Storage Tank Trust Fund by requiring a person who applies for a loan to upgrade or replace an underground storage tank to participate in the Environmental Assurance Program, increases the maximum amount that may be loaned from the fund, and extends the repeal date of the Underground Storage Tank Act to 2028.

HB0032 Substitute 3 Uniform Construction Codes
Prohibits new and existing motor vehicle waste disposal wells. Adds a definition for a motor vehicle waste disposal well to be an injection well that discharges to the subsurface by way of a floor drain, septic system, French drain, dry well, or similar system that receives or has received fluid from a facility engaged in vehicular repair or maintenance activities, including an auto body repair shop, automotive repair shop, new and used car dealership, specialty repair shop, or any other facility that does any vehicular repair work

HB0033 Energy Producer States' Agreement Amendments
Modifies a reporting requirement for legislators appointed to work with legislators from other states to develop an energy producer states' agreement and extends the repeal date applicable to a provision relating to the development of an agreement between energy producer states.

HB0038 Fireworks Restrictions
Amends and clarifies the dates on which a person may legally discharge fireworks, increases the criminal fine for discharging fireworks outside of permitted dates and times, clarifies when a municipality may prohibit a person from discharging fireworks, and increases the areas within which a municipality or state forester may prohibit the discharge of fireworks.

HB0074 Substitute 2 Emissions Inspection Modifications
Requires that a county that administers an emissions inspection program to exempt from an inspection requirement a pickup truck used exclusively for canal or irrigation company purposes and primarily related to maintenance of canal and irrigation facilities. The motor vehicle emissions program may not deny vehicle registration based solely on the presence of a defeat device covered in the Volkswagen partial consent decrees or a United States Environmental Protection Agency-approved vehicle modification in the specified vehicles. Makes other modifications to the applicability and application of emissions testing made by county legislative bodies.

HB0076 Tire Recycling Amendments
States that the Director of the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control may authorize 100 percent reimbursement of a waste tire transporter's or recycler's costs if the county or municipality within a county falls into specified class.

HB0101 Substitute 2 Air Quality Emission Testing Amendments
Restricts the authority of a county to exempt a motor vehicle from an emissions test and amends exemptions to emissions testing.

HB0103 Substitute 1 Water Conservation Amendments
Adds definitions of a secondary water provider and water district. Modifies the required contents of a water conservation plan, including water-use reduction goals for residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial uses and water conservation measures for residential, commercial, and industrial uses, including water efficient landscaping, restrictions on grass landscaping, and complete and accurate water-use data.

HB0124 Water Holdings Accountability and Transparency Amendments
Puts requirements on a city or special service district that supplies municipal water outside the city or special service district's jurisdictional boundaries.

HB0130 Resource Conservation Amendments
Reduces the membership of the Conservation Commission from 15 to 11 members, modifies the procedure for making a loan or grant from the Agriculture Resource Development Fund, authorizes an advisory board of the Conservation Commission to approve loans from the Agriculture Resource Development Fund, modifies the duties of a conservation district to include responsibility for planning watershed and flood control projects, and clarifies that a conservation district may not exercise taxing authority.

HB0135 Substitute 3 Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Amendments
Restricts cities from exercising jurisdiction, including enacting ordinances and regulations to prevent pollution or contamination of streams or watercourses from which the residents of those cities derive their water supply, outside the stated purpose of maintaining and operating waterworks. The Department of Environmental Quality may establish standards and administer controls to maintain water quality in watersheds to protect human health.

HB0140 Substitute 1 Air Quality Technical Amendments
Modifies the Environmental Quality Code. Clarifies the definition of a "pollution control facility" to mean real property in the state in which the primary purpose of the real property is the prevention, control, or reduction of air pollution or water pollution through the disposal or elimination of, or redesign to eliminate waste and the use of treatment works for industrial waste; or the disposal, elimination, or reduction of, or redesign to eliminate or reduce, air pollutants, air pollution, or air contamination sources; and the use of one or more air-cleaning devices.

HB0155 Smoke and Tobacco Free Capitol Hill, Substitute 1
Prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco at the Capitol Hill complex and provides penalties for violating this prohibition.

HB0169 Substitute 1 Commercial Waste Fee Amendments
Reduces the annual fee paid by an owner or operator of a commercial radioactive waste treatment or disposal facility that receives radioactive waste. The Legislature shall appropriate the fully burdened cost to the Environmental Quality Restricted Account from the General Fund for the regulation of radioactive waste treatment and disposal. If the Legislature fails to appropriate adequate funds to cover the fully burdened cost, the owner or operator shall pay the balance.

HB0171 Substitute 1 Motor Vehicle Emissions Amendments
Amends the penalties for a vehicle that violates the emission standards, requires a law enforcement agency to report repeat offenders of emission standards to the local health department, and requires the local health department to report repeat offenders of emission standards to the Motor Vehicle Division. Within a nonattainment area, the law enforcement agency shall report the violations to the local health department at a regular interval. If the report includes a notification of a second or subsequent violation for a certain motor vehicle, the local health department shall report to the Motor Vehicle Division that the vehicle is unable to meet state or local air emission standards.

HB0175 Substitute 3 Oversight Committee Creation
Creates the Joint Committee on Governmental Oversight and establishes provisions related to the oversight of an administrative rule to increase the transparency, efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of state and local governmental entities. Allows the governor, upon recommendation from the committee, to direct an agency to repeal an administrative rule.

HB0211 Freight Switcher Emissions Mitigation
Creates procedures for grants issued for the reduction of freight switcher locomotive emissions and creates terms for grants issued for the reduction of freight switcher locomotive emissions. The bill appropriates a one-time appropriation of $2 million in FY 2019 to the Department of Environmental Quality's Clean Air Retrofit, Replacement, and Off-road Technology (CARROT) program.

HB0216 Jordan River Recreation Area, Substitute 2
Authorizes the Division of Parks and Recreation, in consultation with the Jordan River Commission and the relevant land owning jurisdiction, to expend money as appropriations allow on projects around the Jordan River. The bill provides a one time appropriation of $500,000 in FY 2019 and an ongoing appropriation of $500,000 to the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation, Operation and Management.

HB0261 Substitute 1 Renewable Energy Amendments
Permits a qualified utility to apply to the commission for approval of a rate adjustment clause to acquire or construct a photovoltaic or thermal solar energy resource using a rate based on the prevailing market for solar energy projects under certain circumstances.

HB0272 Substitute 1 Utah Lake Amendments
Creates a review panel (which includes the Executive Director of DEQ) to review and evaluate proposals for the comprehensive restoration of Utah Lake. Establishes review panel authority, membership, and duties and provides a process and criteria for evaluating proposals to restore Utah Lake. Gives the panel exclusive authority to evaluate proposals and authorizes the panel to accept a proposal.

HB0280 Occupational Licensing Amendments
Requires DEQ and other state agencies to complete a one-time written study and analysis of each occupational or professional license or certification that their agency administers to ensure that state regulation of the occupation or profession, including state statute, administrative rule, and agency policy, is narrowly tailored to protect the health and safety of the public and does not consist of excessive, unnecessary, or outdated government interference.

HB0301 Legal Notice Amendments
Amends legal notice publication requirements.

HB0303 Drinking Water Source Sizing Requirements
Adds a definition for a community water system. Requires the Drinking Water Board to withhold approval of plans for the substantial addition to a community water system under certain circumstances. Requires certain public water systems to provide certain water use data and requires the director of the Division of Drinking Water to establish system-specific source and storage minimum sizing requirements for a community water system serving a population of more than 500 based on the most recent rolling average of at least three years of a community water system's actual water-use data.

HB0331 Air Pollution Mitigation Education Program
Requires the Driver License Division and the State Board of Education to each create rules requiring the development and dissemination of educational information regarding the ways drivers can help improve air quality and the harmful effects of vehicle emissions. Requires the educational information to be based on data and information provided by the Division of Air Quality, provided to applicants for a driver license, included in the driver education curriculum of a commercial driver training school, and included in the curriculum of a driver education program in a public school.

HB0340 High Cost Infrastructure Tax Credit Amendments
Provides that a high-cost infrastructure project includes a hydrogen fuel production or distribution project.

HB0362 Environmental Fee Amendments
Creates the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control Expendable Revenue Fund and describes the uses of the fund. Provides for transfers from the Environmental Quality Restricted Account to the Hazardous Substances Mitigation Fund. The Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control Expendable Revenue Fund may be used to upgrade technology for permitting and compliance purposes and other expenditures that will result in increased efficiency and reduced cost. The technology upgrade authorized in this section shall be designed to assist the division by allowing forms to be digitized and accessible online for completion and submission by a division employee, review by a regulated facility, tracking expenses of a division employee, including travel time to inspected facilities, and increasing employee efficiency and government transparency. Once the technology described in this section is in place, the division shall implement a method for a solid waste management facility to self-inspect.

HB0365 Department of Environmental Quality Amendments
Provides for review of certain Water Quality Board rules or standards and modifies the duties of the Administrative Rules Review Committee. Before sending a board-approved report, strategy, or recommendation that will recommend a total maximum daily load end point and implementation strategy to the EPA for review and approval, or before the board adopts a rule or standard, the Water Quality Board shall submit the report, strategy, recommendation, rule, or standard for review to the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee if the report, strategy, recommendation, rule, or standard will require a public or private expenditure, during the life of an impacted facility, in excess of $10,000,000 but less than $100,000,000 for compliance, or for approval to the Legislature if the report, strategy, recommendation, rule, or standard will require a public or private expenditure, during the life of an impacted facility, of $100,000,000 or more. Determination of an expenditure shall include a cost estimate determined by the impacted facility or facilities. In reviewing a report, strategy, recommendation, rule, or standard, the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee may suggest additional areas of consideration or recommend the report, strategy, or recommendation be re-evaluated by the Water Quality Board and returned to the committee for further review.

HB0373: Substitute Waste Management Amendments
Creates the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control Expendable Revenue Fund to allow the Division to upgrade technology. It also authorizes a landfill to conduct a self-inspection with reporting to the Division.

HCR001 Substitute 2 Concurrent Resolution on Global Warming and Climate Change
Acknowledges that average global temperature and average Utah temperature have increased substantially over recent decades, and that scientific consensus is that a substantial cause for these increases is human-caused emissions; and commits that the Legislature and Governor will base decisions regarding state energy policies on the best scientific evidence available and urges individuals and corporations to conserve energy.

HCR004 Concurrent Resolution on Economic and Environmental Stewardship
Expresses commitment to conservative environmental stewardship, acknowledges Utah's existing commitment to reduce emissions and improve air quality, recognizes that climate disruption poses a potential threat to our national security, and recognizes that good stewardship of the economy and environment fosters security, sustainability, and independence.

HCR007  Concurrent Resolution on Environmental and Economic Stewardship
Encourages the responsible stewardship of natural resources and reduction of emissions through incentives and support of the growth in technologies and services that will enlarge the economy. Recognizes the need for responsible stewardship and prudent management of natural resources and the impacts of a changing climate on Utah citizens. Expresses commitment to create and support economically viable and broadly supported solutions. Encourages the understanding and use of available information to address the causes and effects of changes to our local and regional climates. Encourages the reduction of emissions through incentives and the support of growth in technologies and services that enlarge the economy.

HCR009  Substitute Concurrent Resolution Supporting Rural Development of Wind, Solar, and Geothermal Energy
Supports the development of wind, solar, and geothermal energy in rural areas of the state as a complement to Utah's diversified energy system and supports the export of Utah-produced wind, solar, and geothermal energy to other states.

HJR010 Joint Resolution Approving a Class VI Commercial Nonhazardous Solid Waste Landfill
This resolution gives provisional legislative approval for the construction and operation of a Class VI commercial nonhazardous solid waste landfill in Weber County.

SB0015 Environmental Health Scientist Act Amendments
Clarifies the qualifications for licensing for an environmental health scientist and an environmental health scientist-in-training and extends the sunset date for the Environmental Health Scientist Act to 2028.

SB0067 Fireworks Amendments
Requires the Utah Fire Prevention Board to create, by rule, a uniform statewide policy regarding a government entity's safe seizure, storage, and disposal of certain explosives.

SB0136 Transportation Governance Amendments
Modifies governance of certain public transit districts, amends provisions related to registration fees, modifies taxes related to transportation, and modifies the governance of the Department of Transportation. Increases the registration fees for natural gas, electric, and hybrid vehicles.

SB0141 Electric Energy Amendments
Modifies the periods during which installation of a residential photovoltaic energy system qualifies for a specified tax credit and provides for the repeal of provisions relating to net metering of electricity.

SB0157 Residential Solar Energy Amendments
Requires a solar retailer to provide a written disclosure statement to a potential customer and specifies the timing and content of the disclosure statement. Requires a notice to be submitted for recording relating to certain property affected by certain agreements related to a residential solar energy system installed on the property. Requires a notice of extinguishment to be submitted for recording as to property on which a residential solar energy system was installed, under certain circumstances.

SB0166: Energy Facility Amendments
This bill allows the delegation of certain authority regarding an energy assessment.

SB0192: Retail Bag Impact Reduction Program
This bill will charge consumers 10 cents per single plastic bag at retail businesses at the time of purchase. It would create an expendable special revenue fund known as the "Retail Bag Impact Reduction Fund" in which 5 cents of the fee will be retained by the retail business and the other 5 cents will go to the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control for litter control and education efforts promoting recycling and proper waste management.

SCR009 Substitute 1 Development of Wind, Solar, and Geothermal Energy
Supports the development of wind, solar, and geothermal energy in rural areas of the state as a complement to Utah's diversified energy system and supports the export of Utah-produced wind, solar, and geothermal energy to other states.

SJR011 Joint Resolution Authorizing EnergySolutions to Create a Landfill for Non-Radioactive Waste
This resolution grants provisional legislative approval for the construction and operation of a Class VI commercial nonhazardous solid waste landfill.