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Increase Public Protection Air Toxics Emissions

Concerning increased public protections from emissions of air toxics.
2020 Regular Session
Natural Resources & Environment
Bill Summary

The act defines "covered air toxics" as hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide, and benzene. A stationary source of air pollutants that reported in its federal toxics release inventory filing at least one of the following amounts of a covered air toxic for the year 2017 or later is defined as a "covered facility":

  • For hydrogen cyanide, 10,000 pounds;
  • For hydrogen sulfide, 5,000 pounds; and
  • For benzene, 1,000 pounds.

"Incidents" are defined as unauthorized emissions of an air pollutant from a covered facility. Each covered facility will:

  • Conduct outreach to representatives of the community surrounding the covered facility to discuss communications regarding the occurrence of an incident;
  • Use reverse-911 to communicate with, and make data available to, the community surrounding the covered facility regarding the occurrence of an incident;
  • Implement reverse-911 within 6 months; and
  • Pay all costs associated with its use of reverse
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details