PITTSBURGH Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed off on scrap legislation that strengthens current laws by giving the state the ability to crack down on recyclers who are not in compliance.
"I really feel gratified that we finally have a bill and an agency that can work hand and hand. We finally have something we can enforce. It is a step in the right direction," John Boone, president of Perry, Okla.-based Northern Oklahoma Metals Inc. and president of the Oklahoma Recyclers Association, told AMM.
Operators in the state were already required to be registered, show proof of a stormwater permit, insurance and a land phone line, but there was no way to enforce the rules.
The strengthened legislation, which will go into effect Nov. 1, empowers the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to shut down, issue fines or seek injunctions against facilities (amm.com, March 25).