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Pennsylvania Bill Aims to Regulate Food Processing Residue to Protect Rural Communities

Check out this article about how State Representative Paul Friel introduced a bill this week that seeks to regulate how Pennsylvania manages food processing residue (FPR).

Currently, Pennsylvania’s regulations on FPR are minimal. If someone claims compliance with the state’s Food Processing Residual Management Manual, there is no further oversight. No tracking, testing, or complaint system exists.

To improve control over FPR, Friel’s bill proposes several key amendments to the Solid Waste Management Act:

  1. Classification System: Differentiate between sources of FPR and establish a classification system to guide safe storage, handling, and application requirements.

  2. Animal Product Processing: Require FPR sourced from animal products to be processed before storage or use on farms.

  3. Documentation Requirements: Mandate detailed documentation of the FPR’s makeup and nutrient content before application on farmland.

  4. Application Plans: Include nutrient levels in application plans, which must be reviewed by local conservation districts.

  5. Licensing: Require brokers and haulers of FPR to be licensed by the state.



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