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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
7/5/2020

9VAC20-70-200. Corporate Financial Test.

An owner or operator may satisfy the requirements for financial assurance by demonstrating that he passes a financial test as specified in this section. To pass this test the owner or operator shall meet the following criteria:

1. Financial component.

a. The owner or operator shall satisfy one of the following three conditions:

(1) Supply documentation demonstrating that the owner or operator has a current rating for its senior unsubordinated debt of AAA, AA, A, or BBB as issued by Standard and Poor's or Aaa, Aa, A or Baa as issued by Moody's;

(2) A ratio of less than 1.5 comparing total liabilities to net worth; or

(3) A ratio of greater than 0.10 comparing the sum of net income plus depreciation, depletion and amortization, minus $10 million, to total liabilities.

b. The tangible net worth of the owner or operator shall be greater than the sum of the current closure, post-closure care, corrective action cost estimates and any other environmental obligations covered by a financial test plus $10 million.

c. The owner or operator shall have assets located in the United States amounting to at least the sum of current closure, post-closure care, corrective action cost estimates and any other environmental obligations covered by a financial test as described in subdivision 3 of this section.

2. Reporting requirements.

a. To demonstrate that he meets the financial component, the owner or operator shall submit the following items to the director and place copies of the items in the facility's operating record:

(1) An original letter signed by the owner's or operator's chief financial officer and worded as specified in 9VAC20-70-290 F.

(2) A copy of the independent certified public accountant's unqualified opinion of the owner's or operator's financial statements for the latest completed fiscal year except as provided in subdivision 2 a (2) (a) of this section:

(a) To be eligible to use the financial test, the owner's or operator's financial statements referenced in subdivision 2 of this section shall receive an unqualified opinion from the independent certified public accountant. An adverse opinion, disclaimer of opinion, or other qualified opinion will be cause for disallowance. The director may evaluate qualified opinions on a case by case basis and allow use of the financial test in cases where the director deems that the matters which form the basis for the qualification are insufficient to warrant disallowance of the test. If the director does not allow use of the test, the owner or operator shall provide alternate financial assurance as specified in this article.

(b) (Reserved.)

(3) A copy of the owner's or operator's audited financial statements for the latest completed fiscal year.

(4) If the chief financial officer's letter providing evidence of financial assurance includes financial data that are different from data in the audited financial statements referred to in subdivision 2 a (2) of this section or any other audited financial statement or data filed with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), a special report from the owner's or operator's independent certified public accountant to the owner or operator is required stating that:

(a) He has compared the data in the chief financial officer's letter derived from the independently audited, year-end financial statements for the latest fiscal year with the amounts in such financial statements; and

(b) In connection with that examination, no matters came to his attention which caused him to believe that the data in the chief financial officer's letter should be adjusted.

(5) A certification from the corporation's chief financial officer stating the method for funding closure and post-closure costs, and the amount currently designated for closure and post-closure costs in the corporation's financial statements worded as specified in 9VAC20-70-290 H.

b. An owner or operator shall submit the items specified in subdivision 2 of this section before the initial receipt of waste or before January 7, 1998, whichever is later in the case of closure; post-closure care, or no later than 120 days after the corrective action remedy has been selected. If the owner or operator changes the financial assurance mechanism to corporate financial test from any other mechanism, the owner or operator shall submit the items specified in subdivision 2 of this section at least 60 days before the date that the former assurance expires.

c. After the initial submission of items specified in subdivision 2 of this section, the owner or operator shall update the information and submit updated information to the director within 90 days following the close of the owner or operator's fiscal year. This information must consist of all five items specified in subdivision 2 of this section.

d. The owner or operator is no longer required to submit the items specified in subdivision 2 of this section when:

(1) He substitutes alternate financial assurance as specified in this article; or

(2) He is released from the requirements of this article by the director.

e. If the owner or operator no longer meets the requirements of subdivision 1 of this section, the owner or operator shall, within 120 days following the close of the owner or operator's fiscal year, obtain alternative financial assurance that meets the requirements of this article, notify the director that the owner or operator no longer meets the criteria of the financial test and submit the alternate assurance documentation.

f. The director may, based on a reasonable belief that the owner or operator may no longer meet the requirement of this article, require reports of financial condition at any time from the owner or operator in addition to those specified in subdivision 2 of this section. If the director finds, on the basis of such reports or other information, that the owner or operator no longer meets the requirements of subdivision 1 of this section, the owner or operator shall provide alternate financial assurance as specified in this article within 30 days after notification of such a finding.

g. The director may disallow use of this test on the basis of qualifications in the opinion expressed by the independent certified public accountant in his report on examination of the owner's or operator's financial statements (see subdivision 2 a (2) of this section). An adverse opinion or a disclaimer of opinion will be cause for disallowance. The director will evaluate other qualifications on an individual basis. The owner or operator shall provide alternate financial assurance as specified in this article within 30 days after notification of the disallowance.

3. Calculation of costs to be assured. When calculating the current cost estimates for closure, post-closure care, corrective action, or the sum of the combination of such costs to be covered, and any other environmental obligations assured by a financial test referred to in subdivision 1 of this section, the owner or operator must include cost estimates required for municipal solid waste management facilities under this part, as well as cost estimates required for the following environmental obligations, if it assures them through a financial test obligations associated with underground injection control (UIC) facilities under 40 CFR 144.62, petroleum underground storage tank facilities under 9VAC25-590-10 et seq., above ground storage tank facilities under 9VAC25-640-10 et seq.), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) storage facilities under 40 CFR Part 761, and hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities under 40 CFR Parts 264 and 265.

4. During the period of post-closure care, the director may approve a decrease in the current post-closure cost estimate for which this test demonstrates financial assurance if the owner or operator demonstrates to the director that the amount of the cost estimate exceeds the remaining cost of the post-closure care.

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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