Beneficial use bills to cut costs, encourage job growth head to House floor

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Schmidt: These bills are long overdue

A package of bills to regulate the safe reuse of industrial byproducts and encourage job creation was voted out of the House Natural Resources Committee today, announced State Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City.

“Legislators before me have been working to fix this issue for more than 15 years, and I am proud to say that we have arrived at a crucial point in making these changes a reality,” Schmidt said.

House Bills 5400-5402 would allow industrial byproducts to be safely reused in land applications such as road construction and soil quality improvement, which—for many years—have been wasting away in landfills. All components of this package have undergone rigorous, constructive inspection by experts in environmental regulation, industrial byproducts and reuse policy to ensure appropriate bills are drafted.

“It’s about efficiency,” Schmidt said. “Why should we discard valuable materials when, by correctly reusing byproducts, we can keep material costs down and encourage job growth in Michigan? We’ve been missing out on a viable economic opportunity, so it’s time to make these changes and continue creating a brighter future for Michigan.”

Schmidt and Reps. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan; and Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, introduced HB 5400-5402 respectively, which now head to the House floor.