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Chapter 400: Maine Solid Waste Management Rules
On January 13, 2020, the Department received a citizen petition to initiate rulemaking to amend the Chapter 400: Maine Solid Waste Management Rules to: "clarify requirements for Public Benefit Determinations relating to approval of waste facilities, by ensuring that the definition of "waste that is generated within the State" accurately describes the sources of waste materials disposed in the State, and by requiring Public Benefit Determinations to include consideration of the impacts on health and welfare, environmental justice and equal protections for communities where waste facilities operate." On March 5 the Board voted to post the proposed changes to public hearing pursuant to 5 M.R.S. § 8055.
Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, the Board has not yet scheduled a public hearing on this matter but is accepting written public comments on the draft proposal for the record. A public hearing will be scheduled as soon as the situation allows. Additional public notice will be provided in advance of the public hearing as required by the Maine Administrative Procedures Act.
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