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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
3/29/2020

9VAC20-70-112. Cost Estimate for Facility Post-Closure.

A. The owner or operator shall submit to the department a detailed written estimate, in current dollars, of the cost of hiring a third party to conduct post-closure care for the solid waste disposal unit in compliance with the post-closure plan required by 9VAC20-70-90 B. The post-closure cost estimate used to demonstrate financial assurance shall account for the total costs of conducting post-closure care, including annual and periodic costs as described in the post-closure plan over the entire post-closure care period. The owner or operator shall submit the estimate to the director and place the estimate in the operating record. The post-closure cost estimate shall be approved by the director.

1. The cost estimate for post-closure care shall be based on the total costs of post-closure care during the post-closure care period.

2. During the active life of the solid waste disposal unit and during the post-closure care period, the owner or operator shall adjust the post-closure cost estimate annually for inflation within 60 days prior to the anniversary date of the establishment of the financial mechanism used to comply with this part. For owners or operators using the financial test or guarantee, the post-closure care cost estimate shall be updated for inflation within 30 days after the close of the owner's or operator's fiscal year. The adjustment process to be used is described in 9VAC20-70-111 B.

3. The owner or operator shall increase the post-closure care cost estimate and the amount of financial assurance provided under subsection B of this section no later than 30 days after a revision to the post-closure plan has been approved by the director or where a change in the solid waste disposal unit conditions increase the maximum costs of post-closure care.

4. The owner or operator may request a reduction in the post-closure cost estimate and the amount of financial assurance provided under subsection B of this section if the cost estimate exceeds the maximum costs of post-closure care remaining over the post-closure care period. The owner or operator shall submit a revised post closure cost estimate with the justification for the reduction to the director when requesting a reduction in the amount of the post-closure cost estimate and the amount of financial assurance provided. The justification shall include an itemization of all post-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 post-closure cost estimate shall be reviewed in a timely manner.

B. The owner or operator of each solid waste disposal unit shall establish, in a manner under 9VAC20-70-140, financial assurance in current dollars for the costs of post-closure care as required under 9VAC20-70-90 B. The owner or operator shall provide continuous coverage for post-closure care until released from financial assurance requirements for post-closure care by the director.

C. The owner or operator shall maintain in the facility's operating record the latest post-closure cost estimate prepared in accordance with subsection B of this section during the active life of the facility and during the entire post-closure care period.

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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