SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A legislative proposal would allow Utah’s 168 landfills to do self-inspections in an attempt to increase sagging oversight without raising taxes to fund increased inspections.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the House Public Utilities, Energy and Technology Committee took a liking to the proposal on Thursday, but environmental groups are opposing the self-inspections.
Republican state Rep. Lee Perry is sponsoring the proposal, saying the state agency responsible for inspections doesn’t always handle them in a timely manner.
Scott Williams, executive director of environmental group HEAL Utah, says the “concept of a regulated entity doing ‘self-inspection’ is a conflict of interest.”
Committee members voted unanimously to send the proposal to the full House for further debate.