Legislature(1993 - 1994)

02/08/1994 08:00 AM STA

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  HCR 25 - STATE INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS EXCHANGE                                 
                                                                               
  Number 248                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR VEZEY opened the floor for discussion of CSHCR 25                      
  announcing a zero fiscal note and that if passed it will                     
  proceed to House Rules.                                                      
                                                                               
  Number 259                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT, sponsor of CSHCR 25, began an overview                  
  of the contents.  CSHCR 25 would acknowledge April as the                    
  State Materials Exchange Month.  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT read                    
  his sponsor statement. (See attached.)  CSHCR 25 is a joint                  
  effort of the public and private sector to reduce the flow                   
  of industrial waste into Alaska landfills.  The Support                      
  Industry Alliance, British Petroleum, ARCO, and the DEC                      
  Pollution Prevention office are participants.  Various                       
  materials will be for sale or just available at no cost.  A                  
  computerized network or booklet will be available to locate                  
  available materials.  Across Canada and the lower 48 states                  
  there are about two dozen material exchanges already in                      
  operation.  These exchanges are saving the industry                          
  approximately $27 million annually and the equivalent of                     
  100,000 barrels of oil.  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT believed CSHCR
  25 would foster responsible management of available                          
  resources in Alaska with minimal or no cost.  There is great                 
  support for CSHCR 25.                                                        
                                                                               
  Number 319                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR VEZEY wanted to clarify if REPRESENTATIVE KOTT meant                   
  mainly hazardous and toxic materials, not general                            
  construction materials.                                                      
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT answered the materials could consist of                  
  anything.  There is no limit. (i.e. large machinery)                         
                                                                               
  Number 324                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR VEZEY stated hazardous and toxic waste has a very                      
  important role in our society and he clarified CSHCR 25 does                 
  relate to all industrial materials.                                          
                                                                               
  Number 332                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT agreed.                                                  
                                                                               
  Number 333                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR VEZEY inquired of the states role in the materials                     
  exchange process.                                                            
                                                                               
  Number 335                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT replied the state would facilitate the                   
  private and public sector to work together.                                  
                                                                               
  Number 339                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE G. DAVIS indicated CSHCR 25 sounded like                      
  other recycling efforts and wanted to make sure CSHCR 25                     
  would not be duplicating other business.                                     
                                                                               
  Number 347                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR VEZEY rejected CSHCR 25 as recycling, rather a                         
  redistribution of useful materials.  A potentially hazardous                 
  material needs to be handled properly as long as it is                       
  useful, however, it becomes an expensive commodity when                      
  termed a hazardous waste and no longer needed.  CSHCR 25                     
  allows potential users to locate surplus supplies.                           
                                                                               
  Number 366                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE JERRY SANDERS agreed with the intent of CSHCR
  25, however, he questioned the zero fiscal note and the                      
  desire government employees to facilitate the program for                    
  nothing.                                                                     
                                                                               
  Number 372                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT responded he would not challenge the                     
  fiscal note and stated he was informed the employees would                   
  cooperate.  The cost estimated at $30  would have to be                      
  absorbed and there would be little work to do.  He noted the                 
  effort has been on-going and CSHCR 25 is merely recognizing                  
  April as the "kick-off month".  This coincides with DEC's                    
  major promotional effort to prevent pollution.                               
                                                                               
  Number 387                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR VEZEY stated if the amount of material being dumped in                 
  disposal sites would be reduced there would be substantial                   
  savings in future recycling efforts.  CSHCR 25 is a                          
  statement of support for the program without mandating any                   
  programs or authorizing any funds.                                           
  Number 398                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE SANDERS offered CSHCR 25 may have a negative                  
  fiscal note with more research.                                              
                                                                               
  Number 402                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR VEZEY agreed if the program was identified.  CHAIR                     
  VEZEY also felt private industry would not support the                       
  resolution if it did not see CSHCR 25 as a place to save                     
  money.                                                                       
                                                                               
  Number 404                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE G. DAVIS supported CSHCR 25 and proposed this                 
  effort may have been instigated by large companies due to                    
  DEC eliminating clean-up day after a reduction in its'                       
  budget.                                                                      
                                                                               
  Number 421                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT did not know who began the program.  DEC                 
  is merely beginning a campaign to include both the public                    
  and private sector in the clean up process.                                  
                                                                               
  Number 430                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE ULMER moved CSHCR 25 to the committee and                     
  asked for individual recommendations.                                        
                                                                               
  Number 435                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIR VEZEY asked if there were any objections, hearing                      
  none, the secretary noted the vote had unanimous consent,                    
  and the bill was passed around the committee for signatures                  
  and recommendations.  CHAIR VEZEY called for a short recess                  
  at 9:10 a.m. and will reopen business with HB 240.                           
                                                                               
  (REPRESENTATIVE ULMER left the committee meeting at 9:10                     
  a.m.)                                                                        

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