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Pyrolysis

Bill #: H.4152

Session: 2019-2020

Topics:

Waste Waste

Outcome

CVSC opposed this bill and it did not pass.

House 63-27

The Pyrolysis or Advanced Recycling bill sought to exempt pyrolysis facilities from existing Solid Waste Management laws.

Pyrolysis is the melting and gasification of plastics into other petroleum products, like jet fuel. While this process is already permitted in South Carolina under existing law, the bill sought to exempt these facilities from Solid Waste oversight.

The conservation community opposed the bill because of the lack of appropriate oversight of an unproven process, the lack of financial assurances to protect taxpayers if a facility contaminated the state or went bankrupt, and the potential to increase the import of out of state waste to satisfy the processing needs of the facilities. This bill had potentially significant and far-reaching impacts, but was complicated by plastic industry talking points that claimed that the process was “environmentally friendly” because it would keep plastic out of landfills.

While the bill passed the House, it failed in the Senate.

  • + Pro Conservation Vote
  • - Anti Conservation Vote
  • EA Excused Absence
  • NV Not Voting
  • N/A Not in Office
  • A Abstained (Conflict of Interest)

H.4152 Pyrolysis (Second Reading)

This bill passed out of the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee in the House. There were significant concerns expressed on the House floor, with Representatives Will Wheeler and Mandy Powers Norrell leading efforts to amend and improve the bill. Despite their work, the bill passed out of the House 63-27.

The bill was then sent to the Senate. The bill received a hearing in the Senate Medical Affairs Committee, but did not progress to the Senate floor because of Senators’ concerns over the premise of a blanket exemption of oversight for an industry already allowed under state law.

  • This is an Anti-Conservation Vote.
Legislator
Party
District
Office
Sponsor
Vote
Conservation Vote
D
59
House
No
Yea
-
R
36
House
No
Yea
-
D
103
House
No
Yea
-
D
57
House
No
Yea
-
R
104
House
Yes
Yea
-
D
80
House
No
NV
NV
R
71
House
No
NV
NV
D
90
House
No
NV
NV
R
24
House
No
Yea
-
R
114
House
No
Yea
-
D
78
House
No
Nay
+
R
81
House
No
Yea
-
R
123
House
No
Yea
-
D
70
House
No
Nay
+
D
116
House
No
Nay
+
R
48
House
No
EA
EA
R
17
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
87
House
No
Nay
+
R
89
House
No
EA
EA
R
94
House
No
Nay
+
R
35
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
3
House
No
Nay
+
R
107
House
No
Yea
-
D
82
House
Yes
NV
NV
D
66
House
Yes
EA
EA
R
110
House
No
Nay
+
R
5
House
No
Yea
-
R
21
House
No
NV
NV
R
10
House
No
Yea
-
R
68
House
No
NV
NV
R
92
House
No
Yea
-
R
100
House
No
Yea
-
D
23
House
No
EA
EA
R
22
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
124
House
No
Yea
-
R
26
House
No
Yea
-
R
75
House
No
Nay
+
R
39
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
34
House
No
Yea
-
R
106
House
No
Yea
-
D
52
House
No
EA
EA
R
11
House
No
Yea
-
D
77
House
No
NV
NV
R
42
House
No
Yea
-
D
111
House
No
Yea
-
D
95
House
No
EA
EA
R
19
House
No
N/A
N/A
R
105
House
No
NV
NV
D
73
House
No
NV
NV
D
55
House
No
Yea
-
D
31
House
No
Yea
-
D
54
House
Yes
NV
NV
R
118
House
No
Nay
+
R
108
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
8
House
No
Yea
-
R
4
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
83
House
Yes
Yea
-
D
91
House
No
Yea
-
D
76
House
No
Nay
+
R
85
House
No
Yea
-
R
32
House
No
Yea
-
D
102
House
Yes
NV
NV
R
58
House
No
Yea
-
R
14
House
No
NV
NV
R
63
House
No
NV
NV
R
97
House
No
Nay
+
D
49
House
No
Nay
+
D
61
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
43
House
No
Yea
-
R
37
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
60
House
No
NV
NV
R
65
House
No
Yea
-
R
99
House
No
Nay
+
D
109
House
No
NV
NV
R
38
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
40
House
Yes
Yea
-
D
117
House
No
Nay
+
R
115
House
No
Nay
+
R
13
House
No
Yea
-
D
41
House
No
Nay
+
R
56
House
No
Yea
-
D
101
House
No
Nay
+
D
15
House
No
NV
NV
R
20
House
No
NV
NV
R
29
House
No
Yea
-
R
30
House
No
Yea
-
R
98
House
No
Yea
-
R
45
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
120
House
No
Nay
+
D
44
House
No
Nay
+
R
84
House
No
N/A
N/A
D
93
House
No
Yea
-
D
12
House
No
Nay
+
D
113
House
No
NV
NV
R
47
House
No
Yea
-
D
64
House
No
Yea
-
D
121
House
No
Yea
-
D
25
House
No
Nay
+
D
72
House
No
Nay
+
D
74
House
No
Nay
+
R
2
House
No
Yea
-
R
46
House
No
Yea
-
R
67
House
No
EA
EA
R
27
House
No
EA
EA
R
112
House
No
Yea
-
R
96
House
No
Yea
-
D
119
House
No
Yea
-
R
18
House
No
EA
EA
R
33
House
No
Yea
-
R
86
House
No
Yea
-
R
9
House
No
Yea
-
D
79
House
No
NV
NV
R
88
House
No
EA
EA
R
28
House
No
Nay
+
D
51
House
No
Nay
+
R
7
House
No
Yea
-
D
50
House
No
Nay
+
R
6
House
No
EA
EA
R
1
House
No
Yea
-
D
62
House
Yes
Yea
-
D
122
House
No
NV
NV
R
16
House
No
EA
EA
R
69
House
No
Nay
+
R
53
House
No
Yea
-