The division shall:
1. Recommend to the commission the adoption of rules necessary to implement this part.
2. Seek, receive, and accept funds in the form of appropriations, grants, awards, wills, bequests, endowments, and gifts for deposit into the waste management assistance division trust fund to be used for programs relating to the duties of the division under this part.
3. Administer and coordinate the waste management trust fund created under this part.
4. Enter into contracts and agreements, with the approval of the commission for contracts in excess of twenty-five thousand dollars, with local units of government, other state agencies, governments of other states, governmental agencies of the United States, other public and private contractors, and other persons as may be necessary or beneficial in carrying out its duties under this part.
5. Represent the state in all matters pertaining to plans, procedures, negotiations, and agreements for interstate compacts or public-private compacts relating to the ownership, operation, management, or funding of a facility. Any agreement is subject to the approval of the commission.
6. Review, propose, and recommend legislation relating to the proper and safe management of waste.
7. Establish a central repository and information clearinghouse within the state for the collection and dissemination of data and information pertaining to the proper and safe management of waste.
8. Develop, sponsor, and assist in the implementation of public education and information programs on proper and safe management of waste in cooperation with other public and private agencies as deemed appropriate.
9. Include in the annual report to the governor and the general assembly required by section 455A.4, subsection 1, paragraph "d", information outlining the activities of the division in carrying out programs and responsibilities under this part, and identifying trends and developments in the management of waste. The report shall also include specific recommendations for attaining the goals for waste minimization and capacity assurance requirements.
10. Submit a report to the general assembly by January 1, 1988, regarding the feasibility and financial ramifications of limiting the type of waste accepted by a hazardous waste facility acquired or operated pursuant to this chapter.
11. Solicit proposals from public and private agencies to conduct hazardous waste research, and to develop and implement storage, treatment, and other hazardous waste management practices including but not limited to source reduction, recycling, compaction, incineration, fuel recovery, and other alternatives to land disposal of hazardous waste. In the acceptance of a proposal, preference shall be given to Iowa agencies pursuant to chapter 73.
12. Conduct a comprehensive study of the current availability of hazardous waste disposal methods and sites, the current and projected generation of hazardous waste including but not limited to the types of hazardous waste generated and the sources of hazardous waste generation; alternatives to land disposal of hazardous waste including but not limited to source reduction, recycling, compaction, incineration, and fuel recovery; and integrated approaches to pollution management to ensure that the problems associated with hazardous waste do not become air or water problems; and alternative management and financing approaches for a state hazardous waste site.
13. a. Develop a comprehensive plan for the establishment of a small business assistance center for the safe and economic management of solid and hazardous substances. The plan for establishing the center shall be presented to the general assembly on or before January 15, 1988. The plan shall provide that the center's program include:
(1) The provision of information regarding the safe use and economic management of solid and hazardous substances to small businesses which generate the substances.
(2) The dissemination of information to public and private agencies regarding state and federal solid and hazardous substances regulations, and assistance in achieving compliance with these regulations.
(3) Advisement and consultation regarding the proper storage, handling, treatment, reuse, recycling, and disposal methods of solid and hazardous substances. The center shall promote alternatives to land disposal of solid and hazardous substances including but not limited to source reduction, recycling, compaction, incineration, and fuel recovery.
(4) The identification of the advantages of proper substance management relative to liability and operational costs of a particular small business.
(5) Assistance in the providing of capital formation in order to comply with state and federal regulations.
b. Moneys appropriated from the oil overcharge account of the groundwater protection fund shall be used to develop the comprehensive plan for the small business assistance center for the safe and economic management of solid and hazardous substances.
c. In solicitation of proposals for the implementation of the comprehensive plan, the waste management assistance division shall give preference to cooperative proposals which incorporate and utilize the participation of the universities under the control of the state board of regents.
14. Develop and implement programs, in cooperation with the small business assistance center at the university of northern Iowa, which result in widespread adoption of waste minimization programs by hazardous waste generators. The department shall conduct educational and informational programs. The small business assistance center shall provide direct waste minimization technical assistance to small quantity hazardous waste generators. These programs may include, but are not limited to, source reduction, recycling, fuel recovery, incineration, compaction, and other alternatives to land disposal. The preference for program development and implementation shall be for programs which result in the generation of less waste, followed by a preference for programs which reuse the waste generated in a beneficial manner.
87 Acts, ch 180, § 6; 88 Acts, ch 1134, § 87; 89 Acts, ch 242, § 3, 4; 92 Acts, ch 1239, § 21
Iowa waste reduction center; see also § 268.4
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