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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 20. Virginia Waste Management Board
Chapter 70. Financial Assurance Regulations for Solid Waste Disposal, Transfer and Treatment Facilities
3/31/2020

9VAC20-70-111. Cost Estimate for Facility Closure.

A. The owner or operator shall submit to the department a detailed written cost estimate, in current dollars, of the cost of closing the facility in accordance with the requirements of 9VAC20-70-90 A as part of any permit application, or at the request of the director. The owner or operator shall also submit to the department a revised cost estimate in current dollars when requesting a permit modification that changes the closure cost estimate. The closure cost estimate shall be approved by the director.

1. The estimate shall equal the cost of final closure at the point in the facility's active life when the extent and manner of its operation would make closure the most expensive, as indicated by its closure plan.

2. The closure cost estimate shall be based on the costs to the owner or operator of hiring a third party to close the facility. A third party may not be either a parent or a subsidiary of the owner or operator.

3. The closure cost estimate may not incorporate any salvage value that may be realized by the sale of wastes, facility structures or equipment, land or other facility assets at the time of partial or final closures.

B. During the active life of the facility, the owner or operator shall adjust the closure cost estimate annually for inflation within 60 days prior to the anniversary date of the establishment of the financial mechanisms used to comply with this chapter. For owners and operators using the financial test or guarantee, the closure cost estimate shall be updated for inflation within 30 days after the close of the owner's or operator's fiscal year. The adjustment shall be made by using an inflation factor derived from the most recent Implicit Price Deflator for Gross National Product published by the U.S. Department of Commerce in its Survey of Current Business, as specified below. The inflation factor is the result of dividing the latest published annual deflator by the deflator for the previous year.

1. The first adjustment is made by multiplying the closure cost estimate by the latest inflation factor. The result is the adjusted closure cost estimate.

2. Subsequent adjustments are made by multiplying the latest adjusted closure cost estimate by the latest inflation factor.

C. During the active life of the facility, the owner or operator shall revise the closure cost estimate no later than 30 days after a revision has been made to the closure plan which increases the cost of closure. If the owner or operator has an approved closure plan, the closure cost estimate shall be revised no later than 30 days after the closure plan has been modified, if the change in the closure plan increases the cost of closure. The revised closure cost estimate shall also be adjusted for inflation as specified in subdivisions B 1 and B 2 of this section.

D. The owner or operator shall maintain in the facility's operating record the latest closure cost estimate prepared in accordance with subsections A through C of this section during the operating life of the facility.

E. The owner or operator of each solid waste management unit shall establish financial assurance in current dollars for the cost of closure of the unit in compliance with 9VAC20-70-140. The owner or operator shall provide continuous coverage for closure until released from financial assurance requirements by the director.

F. The owner or operator may request a reduction in the closure cost estimate and the amount of financial assurance provided under subsection E of this section, if the cost estimate exceeds the maximum cost of closure at any time during the active life of the unit. The owner or operator shall submit a revised cost estimate with the justification for the reduction to the director when requesting a reduction in the amount of the closure cost estimate and the amount of financial assurance provided. The justification shall include an itemization of all closure costs. No reduction request shall be reviewed until a complete cost estimate acceptable to the department has been submitted. A request for a reduction in the closure cost estimate shall be reviewed in a timely manner.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1402 and 10.1-1410 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 14, Issue 06, eff. January 7, 1998; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 03, eff. November 21, 2001.

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