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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 20. Virginia Waste Management Board
Chapter 120. Regulated Medical Waste Management Regulations

9VAC20-120-740. Effect of the permit.

A. Each facility permitted to accept regulated medical waste requires periodic inspection and review of records and reports. Such requirements shall be set forth in the final permit issued by the department. The permit applicant, by accepting the permit, agrees to the specified periodic inspections.

B. Compliance with a valid permit and this chapter during its term constitutes compliance for purposes of enforcement, with the Virginia Waste Management Act. However, a permit may be modified, considered invalid, or terminated for cause as set forth in 9VAC20-120-690 D 7, D 8, and D 9.

C. A permit does not convey any property rights of any sort, or any exclusive privilege.

D. A permit does not authorize any injury to persons or property or invasion of other private rights, or any infringement of federal, Commonwealth or local law or regulations.

E. A permit may be transferred in accordance with the procedures in 9VAC20-120-690 D 6.

F. The permit may, consistent with 9VAC20-120-700, specify a schedule of compliance leading to compliance with this chapter.

1. Any schedules of compliance under this subsection or subsection G of this section shall require compliance as soon as possible.

2. Except as otherwise provided, if a permit establishes a schedule of compliance that exceeds one year from the date of permit issuance, the schedule shall set forth interim requirements and the dates for their achievement.

a. The time between interim dates shall not exceed one year;

b. If the time necessary for completion of any interim requirement is more than one year and is not readily divisible into stages of completion, the permit shall specify interim dates for the submission of reports of progress toward completion of the interim requirements and indicate a projected completion date.

3. The permit shall be written to require that no later than 14 calendar days following each interim date and the final date of compliance, a permittee shall notify the director, in writing, of his compliance or noncompliance with the interim or final requirements.

G. A permit applicant or permittee may cease conducting regulated activities (by receiving a terminal volume of regulated medical waste, and, in case of treatment or storage facilities, closing pursuant to applicable requirements, or, in case of disposal facilities, closing and conducting post-closure care pursuant to applicable requirements) rather than continue to operate and meet permit requirements as follows:

1. If the permittee decides to cease conducting regulated activities at a specified time for a permit that has already been issued:

a. The permit may be modified to contain a new or additional schedule leading to timely cessation of activities; or

b. The permittee shall cease conducting permitted activities before noncompliance with any interim or final compliance schedule requirement already specified in the permit.

2. If the decision to cease conducting regulated activities is made before the issuance of a permit whose terms will include the termination date, the permit shall contain a schedule leading to termination that will ensure timely compliance with applicable requirements.

3. If the permittee is undecided whether to cease conducting regulated activities, the director may issue or amend a permit to continue two schedules as follows:

a. Both schedules shall contain an identical interim deadline requiring a final decision on whether to cease conducting regulated activities no later than a date that ensures sufficient time to comply with applicable requirements in a timely manner if the decision is to continue conducting regulated activities;

b. One schedule shall lead to timely compliance with applicable requirements;

c. The second schedule shall lead to cessation of regulated activities by a date that will ensure timely compliance with applicable requirements.

d. Each permit containing two schedules shall include a requirement that, after the permittee has made a final decision, he shall follow the schedule leading to compliance if the decision is to continue conducting regulated activities, and follow the schedule leading to termination if the decision is to cease conducting regulated activities.

4. The applicant's decisions to cease conducting regulated activities shall be evidenced by a firm public commitment satisfactory to the director, such as a resolution of the board of directors of a corporation.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-40-01:1 § 10.7, eff. June 29, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 18, eff. June 19, 2002.

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