Missouri bills address radioactive waste shipments, truck enforcement

| 4/2/2008

Several bills noteworthy to the trucking industry have been offered for consideration in the Missouri statehouse. Among them are bills addressing shipments of radioactive waste and commercial motor vehicle enforcement officers.

One bill addresses enforcement of commercial motor vehicle rules. Sponsored by Rep. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, the bill would require CMV enforcement officers to meet the mandatory standards for basic training and licensure of peace officers.

Officers already on the job would have until July 1, 2015, to comply with the mandate. The bill – HB1589 – is in the House Transportation Committee.

Another bill would require all shipments of radioactive waste traveling in and through the state to be assessed fees. Shippers who fail to pay fees or notify the Department of Natural Resources about shipments would face penalties up to 10 times the amount of what the original assessed fee would have been.

Revenue from the fees would be deposited into the state’s Environmental Radiation Monitoring Fund.

Sponsored by Rep. Ed Robb, R-Columbia, the measure would exempt from the fees and notification requirements radioactive waste being shipped by or for the federal government for military or national defense purposes.

The provisions in the bill – HB1597 – would sunset after six years. It is in the House Special Committee on Energy and Environment.

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– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor