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Introduced by Committee on Natural Resources and Energy


Subject:  Conservation; solid waste; categorical waste facility certification

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to authorize the agency of natural resources to certify the construction and operation of categorical solid waste facilities.  The agency of natural resources would list by rule certain solid waste categories eligible for certification.  A certification for a solid waste management facility shall specify the location of the facility, require proper operation and development according to a facility management plan, specify the projected amount of waste to be managed or disposed of at the facility, and provide additional conditions, restrictions, or requirements as deemed necessary by the secretary of natural resources.  Before filing an application for certification of a categorical solid waste facility, the applicant shall notify the municipality in which the facility is proposed.  Categorical certification shall not apply to the storage, treatment, or disposal of municipal solid waste, sludge, septage, or mineral processing waste.  The bill also exempts solid waste facilities that accept waste for composting and facilities operating under a solid waste categorical certification from the franchise tax on waste facilities.  The bill clarifies that facilities that accept septage or sludge for incineration are subject to the franchise tax on waste facilities.  In addition, the bill amends the fees for solid waste treatment, storage, transfer, and disposal facility certification to incorporate categorical solid waste facilities and composting facilities.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  3 V.S.A. § 2822(j) is amended to read:

(j)  In accordance with subsection (i) of this section, the following fees are established for permits, licenses, certifications, approvals, registrations, orders, and other actions taken by the agency of natural resources.

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(6)  For solid waste treatment, storage, transfer, or disposal facility certifications issued under 10 V.S.A. chapter 159:

(A)  original and renewal                                $0.75 per ton certified

applications, excluding recycling and                  operational capacity

composting facilities and categorical                              pro-rated and paid on an

solid waste facilities                                                       annual basis over the term

                                                                                    of certification.

(B)  original and renewal                                 $100.00

applications for recycling and composting

facilities., excluding categorical solid

waste facilities that manage solely

recycling or composting solid waste

(C)  original and renewal applications  $0.00

for categorical solid waste facilities managing

solely recycling or composting solid waste

(D)  original and renewal                                $0.00

applications for categorical disposal facilities

(E)  increase in tonnage, excluding                  $0.75 per ton of certified

recycling and composting facilities and               operational capacity

categorical solid waste facilities                         pro-rated and paid on an

                                                                                    annual basis over the term

                                                                                    of certification.

Sec. 2.  10 V.S.A. § 6602(24) is added to read:

(24)  “Municipal solid waste” means combined household, commercial, and industrial waste materials generated in a given area.

Sec. 3.  10 V.S.A. § 6605c is amended to read:



(a)  Landfills that are not intended to remain open beyond July 1, 1992 may qualify under this section for an extension of certain statutory deadlines.

(b)  Notwithstanding the limitation of subdivision 6605b(c)(7), and subsection 6605a(c) of this title, the secretary shall extend to July 1, 1992 the period for operating and closing an unlined landfill that has capacity available through July 1, 1992, provided the applicant:

(1)  provides a closure plan for the landfill, acceptable to the secretary,

(2)  demonstrates that there is in place, or will be in place at the earliest feasible date, a rate structure and escrow account, or other form of financial security deemed adequate by the secretary, either of which jointly controlled by the secretary, that will accumulate receipts by July 1, 1992 in an amount equal to the projected costs of closure, and

(3)  demonstrates compliance with section 6611 of this title.

(c)  Applications for extensions under this section shall be submitted by August 1, 1989.  By February 1, 1990, the secretary shall approve, conditionally approve, or disapprove applications duly submitted under this section.

(d)  The secretary shall not have joint control of any rate structure, escrow account or other form of financial security that is maintained by a municipality under subsection (b) of this section.  For purposes of subdivision (b)(2) of this section, a municipality shall take official action in a timely manner to meet its closure financial responsibilities by annual budget appropriations, the incurring of debt under 24 V.S.A. chapter 53, the use of a reserve fund created under 24 V.S.A. § 2804, the imposition of rates or surcharges, or by funding post closure monitoring costs as part of the annual operating budget for each applicable year following the landfill closure, or any combination of the above.  The secretary may require a town or solid waste management district that has selected these alternatives to report annually, on a form designated by the secretary, on the status of landfill closure funds and plans.  A violation of an approved closure plan shall be a violation of the provisions of this chapter.  Notwithstanding sections 6605, 6605f, and 6611, no person may construct, substantially alter, or operate any categorical solid waste facility without first obtaining a certificate from the secretary.  Certificates shall be valid for a period not to exceed five years.

(b)  The secretary may, by rule, list certain solid waste categories as eligible for certification pursuant to this section:

(1)  Solid waste categories to be deposited in a disposal facility shall not be a source of leachate harmful to human health or the environment.

(2)  Solid waste categories to be managed in a composting facility shall not present an undue threat to human health or the environment.

(3)  Solid waste managed at a recycling facility shall be restricted to facilities that manage 400 tons per year or less of recyclable solid waste.

(c)  Certifications for a solid waste management facility pursuant to this section where appropriate shall:

(1)  Specify the location of the facility, including limitations on its development.

(2)  Require proper operation and development of the facility in accordance with facility management plans approved under the certificate.

(3)  Specify the projected amount and types of waste to be managed or disposed at the facility.

(4)  Contain additional conditions, requirements, restrictions, as the secretary may deem necessary to preserve and protect the public health and the air, groundwater, and surface water quality.  This may include requirements concerning recording, reporting, and inspection of the operation of the facility.

(d)  On or before the date of filing any certification application for a facility, the applicant shall send notice and a copy of the application to the municipality where the facility is proposed to be or is located and any adjacent Vermont municipality if the facility is located on a boundary.  The applicant shall furnish the secretary the names of those noticed of the application.

(e)  This section shall not apply to the storage, treatment, or disposal of:

(1)  municipal solid waste;

(2)  sludge;

(3)  septage; or

(4)  mineral processing waste.  For purposes of this section, mineral processing waste means solid waste from an industrial or manufacturing facility that processes materials from a mining activity and where chemicals, as defined by the secretary by rule, are intentionally added as a part of that processing.

Sec. 4.  32 V.S.A. § 5953 is amended to read:


The following shall not be subject to the tax imposed by section 5952 of this title:

(1)  wastes delivered to a recycling or composting facility and accepted by the recycling facility for recycling or composting but not wastes generated by that facility;

(2)  septage and or sludge except that septage or sludge delivered to a facility other than a landfill shall be subject to that tax or incinerator;

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(4)  brush, logs, stumps, leaves, and roots but not other wood wastes or products, deposited into a stump dump solid waste delivered to a facility certified pursuant to section 6605c of Title 10;

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Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont