DEEP: Stewardship Permits

Stewardship Permits

If You Own or Operate a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Hazardous Waste Facility:

  • Do you want to move from interim status to permitted status and reduce future permitting and enforcement uncertainty?
  • Are you still operating… but want to start your site-wide clean-up obligations?
  • Do you want to start on the road to clean-up?
  • Do you want to memorialize the clean-up work completed to date?
  • Do you want a "certificate of stewardship" to provide to the bank or the insurance company to show you are on the road to clean-up?

If You Own or Operate a Solid Waste Disposal Area:

  • Have you been told to submit a closure plan for a disposal area where it is proposed to leave waste in place or obtain a permit for closure and post-closure care of a closing or closed landfill?
  • Do you want to start on the road to clean-up?

The answer: Apply for a Stewardship Permit.

A Stewardship Permit:

  • Defines the long-term obligations for the permit holder;
  • Is transferrable to future owners;
  • Provides public participation during the cleanup process;
  • Documents cleanup as it is completed; and
  • Imposes financial assurance, possibly in phases, for the proposed cleanup work.

The Stewardship Permit program is administered by the Waste Engineering and Enforcement Division of the Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance, in support of the Remediation Division of the Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse. The permit program regulates the site-wide environmental investigation and cleanup ("closure and corrective action") and performance of long-term stewardship activities, that includes but is not limited to the maintenance of financial assurance, post-remediation groundwater monitoring, the closure and post-closure care of a solid waste landfill, 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. The permit does not authorize the receipt of commercial waste at the facility, only the facility’s cleanup, maintenance and monitoring.

There are six types of Stewardship Permits:

1. Closure and Corrective Action

Applicable to RCRA hazardous waste facilities that have not completed unit closure and site-wide corrective action in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes ("CGS") Sections 22a-6, 22a-449(c) and 22a-454 and the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies ("RCSA") Sections 22a-449(c)-100 et. seq.

2. Corrective Action

Applicable to RCRA hazardous waste facilities that have completed unit closure but have not completed site-wide corrective action in accordance with CGS Sections 22a-6, 22a-449(c) and 22a-454 and RCSA Sections 22a-449(c)-100 et. seq.

3. Long-term Obligations

Applicable to RCRA hazardous waste facilities at which hazardous waste and/or solid wastes will remain on-site, have completed closure and implemented corrective action as required by federal and state laws and regulations, and are obligated to perform long-term stewardship activities such as post-remediation groundwater monitoring and/or maintenance of an engineered control.

4. RCRA Hazardous Waste Land Disposal Facility

Applicable to facilities where land disposal of RCRA hazardous wastes has occurred and waste will remain in place and which are therefore obligated to maintain post-closure care of any land disposal unit including, but not limited to, municipal solid waste landfills with hazardous waste cells, contaminated RCRA units that cannot be certified as closed by removal ("clean closed") in accordance with RCRA, and properties at which RCRA hazardous waste is left in place.

5. Solid Waste Land Disposal Facility

Applicable to facilities where land disposal of solid wastes has occurred and waste will remain in place and which are therefore obligated to maintain post-closure care of any land disposal unit including, but not limited to, existing solid waste disposal areas notified by the Commissioner to submit a closure or remediation plan pursuant to CGS 22a-208a(c) or to obtain a permit for closure and/or post-closure care pursuant to CGS 22a-208a(b), and properties at which solid waste is left in place..

6. Corrective Action Management Unit ("CAMU")

Applicable to facilities where remediation wastes, including hazardous wastes, will be managed in a Corrective Action Management Unit.

Stewardship Permits Issued:


More Information:

Stewardship Permit Fact Sheet

Application Forms and Instructions

RCRA Corrective Action and Financial Assurance Information

Remediation Waste Information

Connecticut Regulations and Laws

Overview of CAMUs and Temporary Units (PDF)

Stewardship Permits: The Next Best Thing to Completion - DEEP PowerPoint Presentation to the Remediation Roundtable on May 14, 2013.

Content Last Updated January, 2016