CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming House of Representatives began considering a bill during their Tuesday, Feb. 11 floor session which would create new rules for the disposal of wind turbine parts in the state.
The proposal would require the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council to create regulations pertaining to the disposal of decommissioned wind turbines and towers at backfill coal mining sites “as part of an approved reclamation plan.”
The council would be asked to establish regulations for minimum burial depth. Rules would also include requirements that “all mechanical, electrical and other materials from the decommissioned wind turbine blades and towers” be removed “allowing only the base material of the blades and towers to be buried.”
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25% of disposal fees collected by the operator of the reclamation site will be collected by the state for the general fund.
The House approved the bill on an introductory consent vote on Tuesday.
During a budget session, at least two-thirds of the House must vote to have a proposed bill introduced. Those bills which meet this threshold are then assigned to a committee.
Committees which have been assigned bills after approval on an introductory vote in the House will vote to “pass,” “do not pass” or “pass with amendments.”
Bills which make it out of committee then return to the full House for consideration. The House then must approve a bill on three readings before it is sent to the Senate.
If the Senate passes the bill with no amendments, the bill is sent to the governor’s desk for consideration. If they tack on amendments, then the bill is assigned to the Joint Conference Committee to reconcile differences.
If that committee can reach a consensus, the bill is sent to the governor who can sign or veto the bill. The House and Senate are able to override a veto with a two-thirds majority vote.