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Makes changes to the pesticide application process. The commissioner shall issue a renewal notice sixty days prior to the expiration of a certification and if the renewal is not received, the certification will automatically lapse. The commissioner may renew any certification that has lapsed less than one year, provided the holder of such certification submits to the commissioner a signed renewal application, payment of the applicable renewal fee and any late fee. Any holder of a certification that has lapsed one year or more shall be examined in accordance with the requirements of this section and any regulation adopted pursuant to the provisions of this section.
Allows the Department of Agriculture, DoAg, to pay in advance or reimburse any farmer for part of the cost of compliance with a comprehensive farm nutrient management plan or a farm resources management plan. Additionally, the bill allows the DoAg commissioner to pay up to 50% of the above amounts in advance. It also explicitly allows a farmer to seek this advance payment or reimbursement for farm equipment purchases under a farm resources management or farmland restoration and climate resiliency plan. Bill language was passed in state budget bill HB 5506 Section 145.
Allows the Department of Energy & Environment to adopt California’s medium and heavy-duty motor vehicle standards and requires DEEP to amend them as the regulations are changed in California effective July 2022. These standards would be stricter than current Connecticut emission standards. The bill would require manufacturers to produce cleaner, more efficient, and more expensive vehicles. It should be noted that the Governor passed through executive order Multi-State Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Memorandum of Understanding with regional states, Multi-State ZEV Task Force, to examine and create an action plan on this topic. The MOU was signed on July 10, 2020. Merged into SB 4.
Would have established a new account- sustainable materials management account- within the general fund using funds raised by the alternative compliance payment for Class II renewable portfolio standards. The fund will be used to support a solid waste reduction in the state in the form of grants, loans, technical assistance, consulting, waste characterization, etc. to municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and regional waste authorities (not limited to those entities). Section 6 allows the DEEP commissioner to obtain proposals from anaerobic digestion facilities to produce biogas from farm-generated organic waste or source-separated organic materials. The commissioner can select proposals from facilities that produce biogas from not more than 300k tons of organic waste annually. The commissioner may direct the gas companies to enter into gas purchase agreements with biogas suppliers selected for periods of not more than 20 years on behalf of all customers of gas companies in the state and be subject to the review of PURA.
Would have required the establishment of a statewide stewardship program to manage certain discarded tires. The bill requires tire producers to join a nonprofit stewardship organization which must develop a plan to implement the program which must, in turn, be submitted to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for approval.