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 dont have to enforce them, what
good are they?"
The new law makes it a
felonycurrently a misdemeanorto provide false
information when selling metal. The states 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 states list of items that
cant 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 dont require proper
documentation from buyers. Field inspectors will be able to
enforce the new laws and identify buyers of scrap metals who
arent in compliance.
"This is a great thing for
responsible recyclers," Boone said.