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Here you’ll find a collection of letters sent by USCC, our committees/chapters and others in the past five years on a variety of issues to several levels of local, state and federal regulators.
These letters can provide good language for local public policy issues you are working on in your own city, town, county or state.
Please use the Report Your Advocacy Efforts form to let us know what you did---we have more power when we can tell regulators what our industry is working on!
Comments on the Food Safety Modernization Act’s proposed composting regulations (2013)
For compost manufacturers whose product is destined for use on food crops with a potential for compost to be on the final product and whose composts include manures or food scraps, we recommend a two-tier approach. A stricter level of testing to allow no application-to-harvest restrictions and a standard level that includes the USDA-recommended 45-day separation between application and crop harvest.https://uscc.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/images/USCC-comments-on-FSMA-FINAL.pdf
Opposition to EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard Rule Revision (2013)
The USCC opposes US EPA’s proposal to expand the renewable fuel pathways for landfill biogas-to-electricity to qualify as a renewable fuel. More info on the proposed standards can be found at http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/regulations.htm
STATE AND LOCAL
Letter to Alaska DEQ
The US Composting Council has signed on in support of a letter written by the North East Biosolids and Residuals Association (NEBRA) and North West Biosolids opposing draft amendments to Alaska's Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Control regulations. The amendments concern cleanup of Polyfluoroalkyl Substances.
Howard County, MD in support of a county-level on-farm composting bill. (2017)
Statement to Maryland General Assembly supporting Compostable Labelling legislation (2017)
HB 1349 required products being sold in the state labelled as compostable to meet BPI standards, and used USCC model legislation designed by the Compostable Products Task Force.
Letter to St. Lucie County Florida objecting to restrictive zoning ordinance (good example for opposition to overly restrictive zoning proposals) (2017)
St. Lucie County has proposed a zoning ordinance for commercial composting that is so restrictive that it will essentially prohibit any commercial composting facilities from being built. USCC submitted this letter in support of the Organics Recycling Committee of Recycle Florida Today.
Letter in support of Rhode Island’s Food Scrap/Organics Residuals Diversion law (2014)\
USCC submitted letters of support and comments to the State of Rhode Island General Assembly regarding H7033 (S2315) and H7482 (S2436), two bills that would require large generators of food residuals to recycle those residuals. This legislation mandates producers of food residuals to 1) source-separate food residuals from other solid waste for recycling; and 2) recycle or treat food residuals on-site or send their organic waste to a recycling facility.
USCC Comments of Proposed Changes to CA Compost Regs