In response to Executive Order (EO) 2015-01, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recently signed Senate Bill (SB) 1183, Department of Environmental Quality; Omnibus, into law. According to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), the bill is intended to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens and continue “environmentally-responsible economic growth.”
The EO, released in January 2015, ordered that state agencies would not conduct any rulemaking without prior written approval from the governor. The agencies must justify rulemaking on the basis of several criteria that included job creation, economic development, economic expansion, or reduced regulatory burden.
SB 1183 streamlines five statutes and will also result in the amendment or termination of eight sections of the Arizona Administrative Code.
- Removes redundant regulatory and fiscal burdens for septage haulers by giving the ADEQ the authority to eliminate duplicative state and county licensing and inspection fees;
- Eliminates redundant regulatory oversite from the ADEQ for licensure already administered by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors;
- Eliminates statutory requirements for rules regarding establishment and use of a state recycling emblem;
- Eliminates a duplicative hazardous waste transportation requirement that is already administered under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Department of Transportation; and
- Removes an outdated and contradictory provision related to the federal Toxic Substances List.