HOUSE BILL 355 -
On May 7, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed House Bill 355
into law, amending the Georgia Carbon Sequestration Registry first established in 2004 and significantly expanding the types of assets qualifying for financial credit through the registry.
Under the amended law, Georgia can now establish tangible value from existing resources like parks, forestry, and construction. The act also creates a registry commission to manage administrative details. For more information about how these changes advance carbon reduction efforts in Georgia, see this guest post in the Drawdown Georgia Blog
from Southface Institute Vice President of Programs, Strategy + Impact Shane Totten.
HOUSE BILL 3 and SENATE BILL 180 -
The Ethylene Oxide (EtO) legislation proposed by Representative Eric Allen and which became HB3
did not pass in the 2021 legislative session.
The Georgia Conservancy has said the following regarding the legislation: "Following legislation passed last year (Senate Bill 426), House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 180 sought further permit requirements for facilities that emit ethylene oxide. Recently, ethylene oxide, commonly used to sterilize medical equipment, has been linked to an uptick in cancer reports in communities near facilities that release the gas beyond state-permitted quantities. The legislation sought to require facilities that release more than 50 pounds of ethylene oxide annually to allow the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to install monitoring equipment, and allow for the department to continuously monitor emissions and keep daily records for the term of the permit. Reports would be required to be available and updated twice a year on the EPD website. The legislation also sought to set further off-gassing requirements. Additionally, HB 3 and SB 180 would have required facilities emitting ethylene oxide to submit an ambient air monitoring plan. As HB 3 and SB 180 are eligible to be reconsidered during the 2022 Legislative Session, the Georgia Conservancy will continue to evaluate the measures with our partners during the interim."