The Department of Environmental Quality tracks environmental legislation before the 2019 Utah State Legislature as a service to the public. Bills and substitutions/modifications are updated daily.
Describes the process by which a municipality may provide water to customers outside the municipality’s political boundary and states that a municipality may not sell the municipality’s waterworks except to a public entity as defined in statute.
Provides for review and legislative approval before the Water Quality Board adopts a nitrogen, phosphorus, or ammonia rule or standard that requires an expenditure by an individual public system in excess of $2 million but less than $10 million. If compliance with the rule or standard requires an expenditure of $10 million or more, the Water Quality Board shall submit the rule or standard to the Legislature for approval.
Creates procedures and terms for the Division of Air Quality to issue grants for the reduction of freight switcher locomotive emissions under the Clean Air Retrofit, Replacement, and Off-road Technology (CARROT) Program. The bill includes a one-time appropriation of $2 million from the General Fund.
Amends the Sustainable Transportation Act Plan Act to expand the program to include a large-scale natural gas utility. The Public Utilities Commission may authorize a gas corporation to establish a program that promotes sustainability by increasing access to natural gas vehicles. The program would be in the public interest as defined in the Act if it improves air quality through the use of low-emissions vehicles.
Expands the definition of “throughput infrastructure project” to include a plant or facility that distributes hydrogen for use as a fuel in zero-emission motor vehicles in the context of allowable uses for money in the Permanent Community Impact Fund. Expands the definition of “high-cost infrastructure project” to include the construction of a plant or other facility for the production and distribution of hydrogen fuel used for transportation.
Amends provisions related to the Jordan River recreation area, including acceptable expenditures by the Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands for capital improvements within the recreation area and partnerships with service-oriented organizations or programs for trail maintenance, invasive species removal, and education programs.
HCR002 Concurrent Resolution Supporting Rural Development of Wind, Solar, Hydrogen, Hydroelectric, and Geothermal Energy
Acknowledges the important role of rural communities in the development of energy resources. Recognizes the economic and supply benefits that wind, solar, hydrogen, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy development provide. Recognizes the energy market opportunities available to those states that develop wind, solar, hydrogen, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy. Supports the development of wind, solar, hydrogen, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy in rural areas of the state as a complement to Utah’s diversified energy.
HCR003 Concurrent Resolution Urging the Environmental Protection Agency to Update Switcher Locomotive Emission Standards
Recognizes the railroad’s economic impact in Utah and describes the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) emission standards for switcher locomotives. Recognizes that higher emission standards for switcher locomotives would reduce harmful emissions in the state, acknowledges that federal law prohibits states from adopting more stringent emission standards for switcher locomotives, and urges the EPA to develop more stringent emission standards for switcher locomotives.
Proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to revise a provision relating to municipal water rights and sources of water supply, eliminate references to municipal waterworks, and specify the circumstances under which a municipality may commit water resources or supply water outside its boundary or exchange water resources. This resolution directs the lieutenant governor to submit this proposal to voters.
Modifies provisions regarding the extraterritorial jurisdiction of a municipality to enact protections for the municipality’s water waterworks and water sources and provides a process by which a municipality may adopt an ordinance or regulation under the municipality’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.
Extends the repeal date of the Used Oil Management Act from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2029.
Extends the repeal date of the Solid and Hazardous Waste Act from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2029.
Extends the repeal date of the Air Conservation Act from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2029.
Extends the repeal date of the Safe Drinking Water Act from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2029.
Extends the repeal date of the Water Quality Act from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2029.
Adds the promotion of certain nuclear power generation technologies, energy development in certain areas, and energy education programs in grades K-12 to the state energy policy.
Allows the Director of the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control to authorize 100 percent reimbursement of a waste tire transporter’s or recycler’s cost if the county applying for reimbursement is a county of the third, fourth, fifth, or sixth class or the municipality applying for reimbursement is in a county of the third, fourth, fifth, or sixth class.
Encourages the study of possible options to create and develop water banks to further the 2017 State Recommended Water Strategy and the preparation of recommendations for the Legislature to consider for the 2020 General Session.