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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 20. Virginia Waste Management Board
Chapter 170. Transportation of Solid and Medical Wastes on State Waters

9VAC20-170-420. Petitioning for variance or exemption.


A. Any person regulated by this chapter may petition the department to grant a variance or an exemption from any requirement of this chapter subject to the provisions of this section. Any petition submitted to the department is also subject to the Virginia Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia).

B. The petition shall be submitted to the department by certified mail and shall include:

1. The petitioner's name and address;

2. A statement of petitioner's interest in the proposed action;

3. A description of desired action and a citation of the regulation from which a variance is requested;

4. A description of need and justification for the proposed action, including impacts from existing operations;

5. Information demonstrating that the requested variance will meet the purposes and objectives of the relevant regulatory provision and of the Virginia Waste Management Act (§ 10.1-1400 et seq. of the Code of Virginia);

6. The duration of the variance, if applicable;

7. The potential impact of the variance on public health or the environment;

8. Other information believed by the applicant to be pertinent; and

9. The following statement signed by the petitioner or authorized representative:

"I certify that I have personally examined and am familiar with the information submitted in this petition and all attached documents, and that, based on my inquiry of those individuals immediately responsible for obtaining the information, I believe that the submitted information is true, accurate, and complete. I am aware that there are significant penalties for submitting false information, including the possibility of fine and imprisonment."

C. Effects of the decisions:

1. When the director renders a decision under this section in accordance with the procedures contained in subsection B of this section, he may:

a. Deny the petition;

b. Grant the variance as requested; or

c. Grant a modified or partial variance.

2. When a modified variance is granted, the director may:

a. Specify the termination date of the variance;

b. Include a schedule for:

(1) Compliance, including increments of progress, by the facility with each requirement of the variance; and

(2) Implementation by the facility of such control measures as the director finds necessary in order that the variance may be granted.

D. The director will evaluate the application and issue a draft notice tentatively denying the petition, granting the variance as requested, or granting a modified or partial variance. Notification of this tentative decision will be provided by newspaper advertisement in the locality where the applicant is located. The director will accept comment on the tentative decision for 30 days, and shall hold a public hearing if a request is received or at his discretion if there is no request. The director will issue a final decision after receipt of comments and after the hearing (if any).

E. The director may grant the variance if the applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the director that:

1. The proposed variance will meet the goals and purposes of the provisions from which a variance is sought;

2. The variance does not conflict with federal or state law or regulations.

F. In the event of a declared emergency by the Governor, a temporary variance may be granted and the public comment period may be held after the variance is granted. In any event, notice of the public comment period shall be published within 90 days after the variance is granted.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1402 and 10.1-1454.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 19, eff. July 2, 2003.

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