Utah lawmaker proposes self-inspections for state landfills

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A legislative proposal would allow Utah’s 168 landfills to do self-inspections in an attempt to increase sagging oversight without raising taxes to fund increased inspections.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the House Public Utilities, Energy and Technology Committee took a liking to the proposal on Thursday, but environmental groups are opposing the self-inspections.

Republican state Rep. Lee Perry is sponsoring the proposal, saying the state agency responsible for inspections doesn’t always handle them in a timely manner.

Scott Williams, executive director of environmental group HEAL Utah, says the “concept of a regulated entity doing ‘self-inspection’ is a conflict of interest.”

Committee members voted unanimously to send the proposal to the full House for further debate.

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