DEEP: Stewardship Permits Fact Sheet

Stewardship Permits

An Environmental Permitting Fact Sheet

Program Overview

This permit program, administered by the Waste Engineering and Enforcement Division of the Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance, regulates the closure and post-closure care of solid waste disposal areas; sitewide environmental investigation and clean up ("closure and corrective action") and the performance of long-term stewardship activities, that includes but is not limited to the maintenance of financial assurance, post-remediation groundwater monitoring, the maintenance of an engineered control or post-closure care of hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities, including but not limited to, landfills, surface impoundments, waste piles and land treatment units.

There are six types of Stewardship Permits: "Closure and Corrective Action", "Corrective Action", "Long-term Obligations", "RCRA Hazardous Waste Land Disposal Facility", "Solid Waste Land Disposal Facility", and "Corrective Action Management Unit".

Authorizing Statutes

Sections 22a-208a(b), 22a-208a(c), and 22a-449(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes (CGS)

Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 (42 USC 6901 et seq.)

Regulations

Sections 22a-449(c)-100 through 110 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies (RCSA)

Who Is Eligible?

Any person(s): 1) owning or operating a facility under RCRA (i.e. has submitted a RCRA Part A Form) which no longer generates process wastes or receives hazardous waste from off-site; or 2) required to maintain a solid waste disposal area; and 3) seeking to establish a Corrective Action Management Unit for the management of remediation wastes.

Required Documents

Permit Application for Stewardship Permit (DEP-STWD-APP-500), including supporting documentation such as a USGS topographic quadrangle map (8 " x 11" copy or original); Permit Application Transmittal Form (DEP-APP-001); Applicant Compliance Information (DEP-APP-002); and for RCRA hazardous waste facilities only a RCRA Hazardous Waste Part A Permit Application (EPA Form 8700-23).

Fees

Permit Fee:
In accordance with section 22a-454a CGS, the owner or operator of RCRA hazardous waste treatment, storage or disposal facility shall submit an application fee of $4,000.00 with the application package.

In accordance with section 22a-208(c) RCSA, the owner or operator of a solid waste disposal area shall submit an application fee of $4,000.00 with the application package.

Annual Fee:
In accordance with sections 22a-454b and 22a-454c(b) CGS the owner or operator of a RCRA hazardous waste treatment, storage or disposal facility is subject to an annual fee of $2,500. Such fee is due no later than July 1 st of each year.

In accordance with section 22a-208a-1(g)(6) RCSA, the owner or operator of a solid waste disposal area is subject to an annual fee of $4,000.00 for municipal solid waste or $2,950.00 for special waste or bulky waste. Such fee is due no later than July 1 st of each year.

Review and Processing

Upon receipt of the application package, application fee, and the certified copy of the Notice of Application, a preliminary review of the application is conducted for sufficiency and general consistency with applicable standards and criteria.

A detailed technical review is then conducted to determine whether the proposal is consistent with regulatory requirements and whether the information adequately identifies closure requirements, post-closure care requirements, corrective action, and/or groundwater monitoring activities. Upon completion of this technical review, a draft permit is prepared and a tentative determination to grant or deny the permit application will be made by the Commissioner.

For RCRA hazardous waste facilities: The Notice of Tentative Determination will be published in the newspaper having substantial circulation in the area affected by the facility and broadcasted on the radio. There is a forty-five day comment period in which public comments will be solicited on the tentative determination and a public information meeting will be held within the town in which the facility is located.

For solid waste disposal areas: The Notice of Tentative Determination will be published in the newspaper having substantial circulation in the area affected by the facility. There is a thirty day comment period in which public comments will be solicited on the tentative determination

In some cases, a public hearing may be held.

After the consideration of the public comments, and subsequent to the close of the hearing, the draft permit is revised where appropriate and the DEEP will issue a final decision on the permit application.

Public Participation

The applicant is responsible for publishing a Notice of Application when the application is submitted to the DEEP. Once this notice is published, the applicant must send a copy of the notice to the Chief Elected Official of the municipality in which the regulatory activity is proposed, and send a copy of the notice, along with the Certification of Notice Form Notice of Application  (DEP-APP-005A), to the DEEP.

The applicant is responsible for the cost of publishing the Notice of Tentative Determination in the newspaper and/or broadcasting the notice of the radio. In addition for RCRA hazardous waste facilities, the applicant must host a public informational meeting with the comment period to solicit comments.

DEEP may hold a formal public hearing on the application.

DEEP may require the applicant to post a sign on the site or to provide any other reasonable form of notice necessary to apprise the public and abutting landowners of the proposed activity.

Average Processing Time

For this permit program, processing time for a typical application, based upon recent experience is greater than 180 days. Past performance is not a guarantee of future processing timeframes.  In order to increase the efficiency of application processing, we recommend that you utilize the Department's Pre-Application Guidance process, assure that your application package is properly completed at the time of submittal, and that you promptly reply to any requests for information.

Permit Duration

The permit may be issued for up to 10 years.

Contact Information

WASTE ENGINEERING AND ENFORCEMENT DIVISION
BUREAU OF MATERIALS MANAGEMENT AND COMPLIANCE ASSURANCE
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
79 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CT 06106-5127

860-424-3366

This overview is designed to answer general questions and provide basic information. You should refer to the appropriate statutes and regulations for the specific regulatory language of the different permit programs. This document should not be relied upon to determine whether or not an environmental permit is required. It is your responsibility to obtain and comply with all required permits.

Fact Sheet DEEP-STWD-FS-500
Content Last Updated June, 2013

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