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HB212 – Senate amends and passes the Landfill Height Cap bill

State Representative Franklin Cooke’s House Bill 212, which would prevent industrial landfills in Delaware from exceeding the current maximum of 130 feet in response to the controversy over Delaware Waste Management’s proposed expansion of their DRPI site in Minquadale, passed the House last year 25-14.

When the bill was considered in committee in the Senate, Senator Dave McBride added an Amendment increasing the cap limit from 130 feet to 140 feet, and I am sure the reason for that is there exists some landfill in Delaware that is already over 130 feet in height. After a surprisingly partisan vote in the House, the Senate passed the amendment unanimously, 20-0, and then passed the bill unanimously 20-0.

Since the bill was amended, it will need to return to the House again for a vote on the amended bill.

State Representative Franklin Cooke: “Environmental justice means standing up for our communities when their health, safety, and quality of life is under threat. I was concerned when I heard that neighborhoods in my district like West Minquadale were facing the prospect of living next to a landfill almost 20 stories high!”

HOUSE BILL 212 House passed 25-14-2. Senate amended bill and passed 20-0. Bill is back in the House as of 1/16/2020.

DEMOCRATIC SPONSORS – Cooke Brown Longhurst Minor-Brown Ennis Lockman Chukwuocha Dorsey Walker Kowalko


YES VOTES – HOUSE — Baumbach Bentz Bolden Brady Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey Walker Griffith Heffernan Jaques K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Longhurst Lynn Matthews Minor-Brown Mitchell Osienski Q.Johnson Seigfried Smyk Viola ||| SENATE — Brown, Cloutier, Delcollo, Ennis, Hansen, Hocker, Lawson, Lockman, Lopez, McBride, McDowell, Paradee, Pettyjohn, Poore, Richardson, Sokola, Sturgeon, Townsend, Walsh, Wilson

NO VOTES – HOUSE — Briggs King Collins D.Short Gray Hensley Michael Smith Morris Postles Ramone Schwartzkopf Shupe Speigelman Vanderwende Yearick||| SENATE — None

ABSENT – Bennett Dukes Bonini

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1 comment on “HB212 – Senate amends and passes the Landfill Height Cap bill

  1. But wait there’s more!
    A new amendment was filed to include a buffer zone requirement of a quarter mile, and a requirement that it cannot pose any risk to individuals during any weather events or during normal operation.

    ” The health, safety, and welfare of individuals within the area of the industrial landfill will not be impacted by the landfill because of any of the following:

    1. Run-off due to heavy rains or other hazardous weather conditions.

    2. Pollutants in soil, aquifers, or any water supply.”

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