November 16, 2021. New York. New York. Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC QB: BNET), a developer of advanced livestock waste treatment technology that largely mitigates environmental impacts and recovers high-value coproducts, announced that Pennsylvania Senate Bill 832 received its second consideration in the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and was referred in a unanimous vote to Appropriations last week.
Section 3306 of the Bill will establish the Pennsylvania Clean Water Procurement Program, which “shall provide for the purchase of a verified nutrient or sediment reduction through a competitive bidding process…” that will dramatically lower costs to Pennsylvania and its taxpayers to meet the Chesapeake Bay mandates. Funding for the program may be provided through a number of sources, including “Federal money appropriated or authorized for purposes of the program”, and is expected to be at least $25 million for fiscal year 2021-2022.
The Clean Water Procurement Program, as part of SB 832, contains most of the key provisions of SB 575, a bipartisan bill that was introduced in June 2019 to provide a nutrient credit procurement program. SB 575 was approved in the Senate by a vote of 33-17 and was calendared for a hearing in the House State Government Committee on March 16, 2020, the day legislative activities were canceled due to the pandemic.
Craig Scott, Bion’s director of communications, stated, “After a year and a half of pandemic-related uncertainty and changes, we are very encouraged to see SB 832 moving forward with key provisions of SB 575 that will establish a nutrient credit trading program in Pennsylvania. What hasn’t changed is the bipartisan legislative study that found that a competitive procurement program could save the State’s taxpayers as much as 90 percent of their looming multi-billion-dollar Chesapeake Bay compliance costs. Perhaps, with additional funding available through the federal infrastructure bill, high-impact projects like Kreider Farms will move forward and provide low-cost solutions that can speed the recovery of the Bay, mitigate PA’s own surface and groundwater problems, and provide relief for the state’s taxpayers.”
SB 832’s full text and sponsors can be reviewed on the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s website at https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/bill_history.cfm?syear=2021&sind=0&body=S&type=B&bn=832.
About Bion: Bion’s patented third generation (3G) technology was designed to substantially reduce the environmental impacts of large-scale livestock production and deliver a USDA-certified sustainable product to the consumer. The platform simultaneously recovers high-value coproducts and renewable energy that increase revenues. Bion’s 3G tech platform can provide low-cost high-impact solutions to the air and water quality issues related to livestock production, while creating a pathway to economic and environmental sustainability with ‘win-win’ benefits for at least a premium sector of the $175 billion U.S. livestock industry and the consumer. For more information, see Bion’s website, www.bionenviro.com.
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