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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 20. Virginia Waste Management Board
Chapter 60. Virginia Hazardous Waste Management Regulations
8/6/2020

9VAC20-60-490. Discharges.

A. The transporter shall comply with all federal and Commonwealth requirements relative to discharges.

B. 1. In the event of a discharge or spill of hazardous wastes, the transporter shall take appropriate emergency actions to protect human life, health, and the environment and shall notify appropriate local authorities. Upon arrival on the scene of state or local emergency or law-enforcement personnel, the transporter shall carry out such actions as required of him.

2. The transporter shall clean up any hazardous waste discharge that occurs during transportation and shall take such action as is required by the federal government, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the director, or local officials, so that the hazardous waste discharge no longer presents a hazard to human health or the environment.

3. The disposal of the discharged materials shall be done in a manner consistent with this chapter and other applicable Virginia and federal regulations.

C. Discharges by air, rail, highway, or water (nonbulk) transporters.

1. In addition to requirements contained in preceding parts, an air, rail, highway or water (nonbulk) transporter who has discharged hazardous waste shall give notice at the earliest practicable moment to agencies indicated in 9VAC20-60-490 C 2 after each incident that occurs during the course of transportation (including loading, unloading, and temporary storage) in which as a direct result of the discharge of the hazardous wastes:

a. A person is killed;

b. A person receives injuries requiring his hospitalization;

c. Estimated carrier or other property damage exceeds $50,000;

d. Fire, breakage, spillage, or suspected radioactive contamination occurs involving shipment of radioactive material;

e. Fire, breakage, spillage, or suspected contamination occurs involving shipment of etiologic agents; or

f. A situation exists of such a nature that, in the judgment of the transporter, it should be reported in accordance with 9VAC20-60-490 C 2 even though it does not meet the above criteria (e.g., continuing danger of life exists at the scene of the incident), or as required by 49 CFR 171.15.

2. The notice required by 9VAC20-60-490 C 1 shall be given to:

a. The National Response Center, U.S. Coast Guard, at 800-424-8802 (toll free) or at 202-267-2675 (toll call); and

b. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management at 800-468-8892 (toll free) or 804-674-2400 (Richmond local area). In a case of discharges affecting state waters, the notice shall also be given to the Pollution Response Program (PreP) Coordinator in the appropriate regional office of the department.

3. When notifying as required in 9VAC20-60-490 C 1, the notifier shall provide the following information:

a. Name of person reporting the discharge and his role in the discharge;

b. Name, telephone number and address of the transporter;

c. Name, telephone number and address of the generator;

d. Telephone number where the notifier can be contacted;

e. Date, time and location of the discharge;

f. Type of incident, nature of hazardous waste involvement, and whether a continuing danger to life exists at the scene;

g. Classification, name and quantity of hazardous waste involved; and

h. The extent of injuries, if any.

4. Within 15 calendar days of the discharge of any quantity of hazardous waste, the transporter shall send a written report on DOT Form F5800.1 in duplicate to the Chief, Information System Division, Transportation Programs Bureau, Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C. 20590. Two copies of this report will also be filed with the Department of Environmental Quality, Post Office Box 1105, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400, Richmond, Virginia 23218.

5. In reporting discharges of hazardous waste as required in 9VAC20-60-490 C 4, the following information shall be furnished in Part H of the DOT Form F5800.1 in addition to information normally required:

a. An estimate of the quantity of the waste removed from the scene;

b. The name and address of the facility to which it was taken; and

c. The manner of disposition of any unremoved waste.

A copy of the hazardous waste manifest shall be attached to the report.

D. Discharges by water (bulk) transporters.

1. A water (bulk) transporter shall, as soon as he has knowledge of any discharge of hazardous waste from the vessel, notify, by telephone, radio telecommunication or a similar means of rapid communication, the office designated in 9VAC20-60-490 C 2.

2. If notice as required in 9VAC20-60-490 D 1 is impractical, the following offices may be notified in the order of priority:

a. The government official predesignated in the regional contingency plan as the on-scene coordinator. Such regional contingency plan for Virginia is available at the office of the 5th U.S. Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23705;

b. Commanding officer or officer-in-charge of any U.S. Coast Guard unit in the vicinity of the discharge; or

c. Commander of the 5th U.S. Coast Guard District.

3. When notifying, the notifier shall provide the following information:

a. Name of person reporting the discharge and his role in the discharge;

b. Name, telephone number and address of the transporter;

c. Name, telephone number and address of the generator;

d. Telephone number so the notifier can be contacted;

e. Date, time, location of the discharge;

f. Type of incident and nature of hazardous waste involvement and whether a continuing danger to life exists at the scene;

g. Classification, name and quantity of hazardous waste involved; and

h. The extent of injuries, if any.

E. Discharges at fixed facilities. Any transporter (i) responsible for the release of a hazardous material (as defined in Part I (9VAC20-60-12 et seq.) of this chapter) from a fixed facility (e.g., transfer facility) that poses an immediate or imminent threat to public health and (ii) who is required by law to notify the National Response Center shall notify the chief administrative officers (or their designees) of the local governments of the jurisdictions in which the release occurs as well as the department.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 6921 et seq.; 40 CFR Parts 260 through 272.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-10-1 § 7.7, eff. January 1, 1988; amended, Volume 05, Issue 04, eff. January 1, 1989; Volume 06, Issue 06, eff. February 1, 1990; Volume 07, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1991; Volume 09, Issue 06, eff. January 13, 1993; Volume 09, Issue 23, eff. September 8, 1993; Volume 15, Issue 09, eff. February 17, 1999; Volume 18, Issue 11, eff. March 13, 2002; Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 28, Issue 23, eff. August 15, 2012; Volume 30, Issue 24, eff. August 27, 2014; Volume 34, Issue 13, eff. February 19, 2018.

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