On May 31 from 9 to 11 a.m., Metro will host a stakeholder workshop to discuss the proposed changes.
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Comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 14. Send your comments via U.S. mail, email or fax to:
Metro MRF/CT Updates
Attn: Dan Blue
600 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Please include your name and contact information. If you are commenting on behalf a company or organization, please include the name of that entity as well. It is helpful, but not necessary, to cite the Metro code and administrative rule sections your comments pertain to.
The Metro Council, through its Solid Waste Alternatives Advisory Committee, seeks public comment on proposed amendments to Metro code and related administrative rules that set guidelines for the licensing and inspection of facilities within the greater Portland area that receive source-separated recyclable materials as well as facilities that convert waste to energy or fuel.
In October 2015, the Metro Council asked SWAAC to appoint a subcommittee to consider whether such facilities should be subject to licensing and inspection requirements similar to those for other solid waste facilities and, if so, identify which requirements are appropriate for material recovery and conversion technology facilities.
This subcommittee, comprised of 15 industry, local government, nonprofit and citizen representatives, met throughout 2016 to discuss these matters and provide recommendations to the Metro Council for its consideration. Those recommendations are reflected in the proposed Metro code amendments and administrative rules which can be downloaded from the links below. Amendments to existing code language are illustrated in redlined versions. The proposed administrative rule language is entirely new.
Comments received by the deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday, July 14, will be reviewed and responded to by Metro staff and included in the public comment record. These comments will be presented to SWAAC at its meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 9, for further review and discussion. The proposed code language and administrative rules may be updated based on public comments and guidance received from SWAAC before they are presented to the Metro Council for its consideration. There will be public testimony opportunities before the Metro Council in Fall 2017 before any code amendments are adopted. Administrative rules will be approved by, and implemented at the direction of, Metro’s chief operating officer.
Solid Waste Alternatives Advisory Committee
Material Recovery Facility and Conversion Technology Subcommittee