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Okla. governor OKs new scrap rule

Keywords: Tags  scrap metals legislation, Oklahoma Recyclers Association, John Boone, Mary Fallin, recycling, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — New scrap regulations that will take effect in Oklahoma later this year are being welcomed by metals recyclers in the state.

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin on May 10 signed off on the measure, which will require recyclers to prove they are in compliance with environmental laws and stiffens other requirements.

"We feel like we are finally going to get some enforcement. We had a good law on the books, but there was no enforcement, and that has been the missing part," John Boone, president of Perry-based Northern Oklahoma Metals Inc., told AMM. "You can have all laws you want on the books, but if you don’t have to enforce them, what good are they?"

The new law makes it a felony—currently a misdemeanor—to provide false information when selling metal. The state’s Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, which oversees and regulates scales, will enforce the law, which takes effect Nov. 1.

The new law also sets a $1,000 cash limit on all items on the state’s list of items that can’t be bought without documentation.

Boone, who is also president of the Oklahoma Recyclers Association, said all recyclers will have to be licensed by November. In order to receive a license, recyclers will have to prove they have a stormwater permit, general liability insurance, a lease or deed to the place of business and a designated landline telephone.

The annual license requirements, which will be enforced by the agriculture department, should work to eliminate small scrap buyers who operate out of small venues using only cell phones and don’t require proper documentation from buyers. Field inspectors will be able to enforce the new laws and identify buyers of scrap metals who aren’t in compliance.

"This is a great thing for responsible recyclers," Boone said.

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