Missouri bills address radioactive waste shipments, truck enforcement

| 2/13/2008

Since the Missouri General Assembly opened the 2008 regular session last month, several bills noteworthy to the trucking industry have been offered for consideration. 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 awaiting assignment to committee in the House.

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

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

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

The provisions in the bill – HB1597 – would expire after six years. It is awaiting assignment to committee in the House.

To view other legislative activities of interest for Missouri in 2008, click here.

– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor