Action at the State Level on National Position

POSITION:

The League supports policies to reduce the generation and promote the reuse and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes; policies to ensure safe treatment, transportation, storage and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes in order to protect public health and air, water and land resources; and planning and decision making processes that recognize suitable solid and hazardous wastes as potential resources.

HISTORY

The League’s approach to environmental protection is one of problem-solving. The aim is to prevent ecological degradation and to reduce and control pollutants. The federal government should have the major role in setting standards for environmental protection, but other levels of government should have the right to set more stringent standards.

During the 1992 and 1993 sessions, the LWVCO followed several bills aimed at reducing the solid waste stream. They included legislation for statewide initiatives for recycling, mandating use of recycled paper in the capitol and recovery of motor oil products. These passed.

In 1994 LWVCO supported two bills on solid waste: one on labeling of recycled oil and the other apportioning monies from the Waste Tire Fund to handle cleanup of tires and recycling projects. They both passed.