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July 3, 1995


In accordance with the provisions of R.I. Gen. Laws § 43-1-4, I am transmitting herewith, with my disapproval, H-6187, Substitute A, as amended, " An Act Relating to Health and Safety - Refuse Disposal."

This legislation would allow solid waste to be stored in the vehicle or proper receptacle of a solid waste hauler at its place of business for up to seventy-two (72) hours prior to disposal.

The purpose of the bill is to allow storage during times when the state central landfill is not open. The Department of Environmental Management already allows storage to take place in individual cases in extraordinary situations. This bill, however, would create an automatic blanket exception available in any situation. As such, the bill could create a significant nuisance problem particularly in warm weather by allowing garbage trucks to sit for up to three days in a trash hauler's yard. Additionally, landfill odors could increase since the decayed garbage will be more pungent when dumped. Finally, the DEM would have no ability to track how long the garbage has been stored. Without a costly enforcement mechanism to monitor hundreds of trucks, storage could exceed seventy-two hours without detection.

For the foregoing reasons I disapprove of H-6187, Substitute A, as amended, and respectively urge your support for this veto.


Lincoln Almond