Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 20. Virginia Waste Management Board
3/29/2020

Chapter 90. Solid Waste Management Permit Action Fees and Annual Fees

Part I
Definitions

9VAC20-90-10. Definitions.

Chapter 14 (§ 10.1-1400 et seq.) of Title 10.1 of the Code of Virginia defines words and terms that supplement those in this chapter. The Solid Waste Management Regulations, 9VAC20-81, and the Regulated Medical Waste Management Regulations, 9VAC20-120, define additional words and terms that supplement those in the statute and this chapter. When the statute, as cited, and the solid waste management regulations, as cited, define a word or term differently, the definition of the statute is controlling. The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Department" means the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

"Director" means the director of the Department of Environmental Quality.

"Operating" means actively managing solid waste, or conducting closure or post closure activities. A facility will begin operating on the date of the approval of the certificate to operate (CTO) or the approval of the permit-by-rule (PBR) as applicable. The facility will no longer be considered operating upon certification of completion of closure activities or in the case of a disposal facility upon release from post closure responsibility.

"Permit-by-rule" means provisions of the chapter stating that a facility or activity is deemed to have a permit if it meets the requirements of the provision.

"Permitted facility" means a facility holding the written permission of the director to conduct solid waste management activities; this includes facilities operating under permit-by-rule.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-20-11 § 1.1, eff. June 8, 1992; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 27, Issue 22, eff. August 3, 2011.

Part II
Legislative Authority and General Information

9VAC20-90-20. [Repealed]

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-20-11 § 2.1, eff. June 8, 1992; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003.

9VAC20-90-30. Purpose of regulation.

A. The purpose of these regulations is to establish schedules and procedures pertaining to the payment and collection of fees from any applicant seeking a new permit or seeking a modification or an amendment to an existing permit for operation of a solid or regulated medical waste management facility in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These regulations also establish fees for the review of other permit-related documents required to be reviewed by the department.

B. These regulations establish schedules and procedures pertaining to the payment of annual fees to be submitted by any person operating a permitted facility for the disposal, storage, or treatment of nonhazardous solid waste.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-20-11 § 2.2, eff. June 8, 1992; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004.

9VAC20-90-40. Administration of regulation.

A. The Virginia Waste Management Board promulgates and enforces regulations that it deems necessary to carry out its powers and duties.

B. The director is authorized and directed to administer these regulations in accordance with the Virginia Waste Management Act, §§ 10.1-1400 through 10.1-1458 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1402 and 10.1-1402.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-20-11 § 2.3, eff. June 8, 1992; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 35, Issue 15, eff. April 17, 2019.

9VAC20-90-50. Applicability of regulations.

A. These regulations apply to all persons operating or proposing to operate a permitted facility for the management of solid waste under the provisions of:

1. Part V (9VAC20-81-400 through 9VAC20-81-600) of the Solid Waste Management Regulations;

2. Part X (9VAC20-120-680 through 9VAC20-120-830) of the Regulated Medical Waste Management Regulations; or

3. Part V (9VAC20-85-170 through 9VAC20-85-180) of the Coal Combustion Byproduct Regulations.

The fees shall be assessed in accordance with Part III (9VAC20-90-70 through 9VAC20-90-120) of this chapter.

B. When the director finds it necessary to amend or modify any permit in accordance with § 10.1-1408.1 E or § 10.1-1409 of the Code of Virginia, 9VAC20-81-600 of the Solid Waste Management Regulations or Part X (9VAC20-120-680 through 9VAC20-120-830) of the Regulated Medical Waste Management Regulations, as applicable, the holder of that permit shall be assessed a fee in accordance with 9VAC20-90-90 even if the director has initiated the amendment or modification action.

C. When the director finds it necessary to revoke and reissue any permit in accordance with § 10.1-1408.1 E or § 10.1-1409 of the Code of Virginia, 9VAC20-81-570 B 1 of the Solid Waste Management Regulations, or Part X (9VAC20-120-680 through 9VAC20-120-830) of the Regulated Medical Waste Management Regulations, as applicable, the holder of that permit shall be assessed a fee in accordance with 9VAC20-90-80.

D. If the director finds it necessary either to revoke and reissue a permit in accordance with § 10.1-1408.1 E or § 10.1-1409 of the Code of Virginia, or 9VAC20-81-570 B 2 of the Solid Waste Management Regulations, the holder of that permit shall be assessed a fee in accordance with 9VAC20-90-100.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-20-11 § 2.4, eff. June 8, 1992; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 27, Issue 22, eff. August 3, 2011.

9VAC20-90-60. Payment of permit action fees.

A. Due date.

1. Except as specified in subdivisions 2, 3, and 4 of this subsection, all permit action fees are due on the day of application and must accompany the application.

2. Applicants for solid waste management permits shall submit the appropriate fee along with the certification from the local governing body and the disclosure statements at the time of the submittal of the notice of intent. An applicant for a new facility shall submit appropriate Part A fees with the notice of intent, and submit the Part B action fee when the Part B application is submitted.

3. Applicants for an emergency permit shall submit the permit action fee to the department within 60 days of submitting an application.

4. For facilities entering the corrective action program, the fee for Corrective Action, Module XIV, is due upon submission of the proposal for presumptive remedy or assessment of corrective measures. If during the course of the corrective action program, modifications to the corrective action program are required, no additional fee will be assessed.

B. Method of payment. Fees shall be paid by check, draft or postal money order made payable to "Treasurer of Virginia." When the department is able to accept electronic payments, payments may be submitted electronically.

C. Incomplete payments. All incomplete payments will be deemed nonpayments.

D. Payment required. No applications will be deemed to be complete until proper payment is received by the department. The department shall not begin a review of an incomplete application unless the application is for an emergency permit. Nonpayment of fees will result in a processing delay. If the director is amending or revoking and re-issuing a permit for cause, nonpayment of fees may lead to termination of the permit.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-20-11 § 2.5, eff. June 8, 1992; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004.

9VAC20-90-65. Payment of annual fees.

A. Operators of permitted solid waste management facilities shall pay annual fees based on the requirements of this section. An annual fee is required for each activity occurring at a permitted facility.

1. Annual fees, including those that are based on annual tonnage, shall be calculated using the procedures in 9VAC20-90-113, 9VAC20-90-114, and 9VAC20-90-115.

2. For facilities engaged in multiple activities under the provisions of a single permit, an operator shall pay multiple annual fees.

3. Annual fees assessed for single or multiple activities conducted under a permit reflect the time and complexity of inspecting and monitoring the different categories of facilities identified in § 10.1-1402.1:1 of the Code of Virginia.

B. Due date.

1. Submission date. The department may bill the operator for amounts due or becoming due in the immediate future. Payments are due on or before October 1 or 30 days after receipt of a bill from the department, whichever comes later, unless the operator is using the quarter payment option. Except as specified in subdivision 2 of this subsection, all annual fees are submitted on a yearly basis and are due on or before October 1 (for the preceding annual year).

2. Optional quarter payment. Facility operators that are required to pay annual fees exceeding $8,000 for single or multiple permits may submit four equal payments totaling the annual fee on or before October 1, January 1, April 1, and June 1. The annual payment cycle for quarter payments will begin with the October 1 payment and will end with the June 1 payment. Those facilities opting for the quarter payment schedule shall accompany all payments with a copy of DEQ form PF001.

3. Late quarter payments. If the quarter payment is not paid by the deadline, DEQ may, in addition to seeking other remedies available under the law, issue a notice of failure to pay. The notice shall require payment of the entire remainder of the annual fee payment within 30 days of the date of the notice, or inform the owner that he is ineligible to opt for the quarter payment schedule until eligibility is reinstated by written notice from the department, or both.

C. Method of payment. Fees shall be paid by check, draft, or postal money order made payable to "Treasurer of Virginia/DEQ," and shall be sent to the Department of Environmental Quality, Receipts Control, P.O. Box 1104, Richmond, VA 23218. When the department is able to accept electronic payments, payments may be submitted electronically.

D. Incomplete payments. All incomplete payments will be deemed nonpayments.

E. Late payment of annual fee. Interest may be charged for late payments at the underpayment rate set out by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service established pursuant to Section 6621(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. This rate is prescribed in § 58.1-15 of the Code of Virginia and is calculated on a monthly basis at the applicable periodic rate. A 10% late payment fee may be charged to any delinquent (over 90 days past due) account. The Department of Environmental Quality is entitled to all remedies available under the Code of Virginia in collecting any past due amount and may recover any attorney's fees and other administrative costs incurred in pursuing and collecting any past due amount.

F. Annual fees received by the department shall be deposited in the Virginia Waste Management Permit Program Fund and used exclusively for the solid waste management program as set forth in the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; amended, Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 23, eff. August 18, 2010; Volume 27, Issue 22, eff. August 3, 2011.

Part III
Determination of Fee Amount

9VAC20-90-70. General.

A. Each application for a new permit, each application for a modification or amendment to a permit, and each revocation and issuance of a permit is a separate action and shall be assessed a separate fee. The amount of such fees is determined on the basis of this Part III (9VAC20-90-70 through 9VAC20-90-120).

B. Right of entry, inspection and audit. Upon presentation of appropriate credentials and upon consent of the owner or operator of the facility, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality or his designee, in addition to the routine inspection of the facility provided in 9VAC20-81-50 or 9VAC20-120-740 shall have the right to enter, inspect, and audit the records of the facility consistent with § 10.1-1456 of the Code of Virginia. The director may designate rights of entry, inspection, and audit to any department personnel or contractors to the department. The owner of operator of the facility shall provide complete and timely access during business hours to all equipment and facility records. The director shall have the right to require an audit of the facility's records related to the payment of annual fees.

C. In addition to permit action fees listed in Tables 3.1-1, 3.1-2, and 3.1-3 of 9VAC20-90-120, the applicant for a permit action shall arrange for the newspaper publication and radio broadcast and bear the cost of the publication and broadcast if required. The department shall send notification to the applicant that the publication and broadcast are required, and the notification shall include the text of the notice, dates of publication and broadcast, and the acceptable newspapers and radio stations wherein the notice may be published. The department shall also require the petitioner for a variance from any regulation to arrange for any newspaper publication and radio broadcast required under the Solid Waste Management Regulations (9VAC20-81) or the Regulated Medical Waste Management Regulations (9VAC20-120) and to bear the cost of such publication and broadcast. The department may arrange for the newspaper publication and radio broadcast listed in this subsection and require the applicant to remit the cost of such publication and broadcast.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-20-11 § 3.1, eff. June 8, 1992; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 27, Issue 22, eff. August 3, 2011.

9VAC20-90-80. New facility permit issuance or action.

All applicants for new solid and regulated medical waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility permits are assessed an appropriate fee shown in Table 3.1-1 of 9VAC20-90-120 depending on the type of permit or permit action.

Applicants for an emergency permit are assessed a fee shown on Table 3.1-1 of 9VAC20-90-120 unless the director determines that a lesser fee is appropriate at the time the permit is issued.

(NOTE: Certain solid waste management facility permit modifications are so extensive that they require issuance of new permits (see 9VAC20-81-400 C of the Solid Waste Management Regulations). Such applications will be considered to be applications for new facilities.)

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-20-11 § 3.2, eff. June 8, 1992; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 27, Issue 22, eff. August 3, 2011.

9VAC20-90-90. Applications for permit actions, amendment or modification.

A. General. Facility permits issued by the director are typically based on the modular concept to assure completeness and consistency of the documents. Each facility permit may consist of several modules dealing with the requirements addressing separate topics pertinent to the specific facility. The modules used in the solid and regulated medical waste program are:

1. The general permit conditions module (Module I) that contains the general conditions required for all solid or regulated medical waste facility permits and includes documents to be submitted prior to operation, documents that must be maintained at the facility, and a compliance schedule, if any.

2. The general facility requirements module (Module II) that contains the listing of wastes that the facility may accept or a list of wastes prohibited from acceptance, an analysis plan, security and site access information, inspection requirements, personnel training requirements, special standards based on particular location, a preparedness and prevention plan, a contingency plan, closure and post-closure cost estimates, and facility-specific financial assurance requirements.

3. The separate facility modules, one for each of the different type of facility provided for in Parts III and IV of the Solid Waste Management Regulations, containing design requirements (e.g., liners, leachate management systems, aeration systems, wastewater collection systems), specific operating requirements (e.g., compaction and cover requirements, equipment, monitoring), and recordkeeping requirements. The following modules have been developed:

a. Module III—Sanitary landfills;

b. Module IV—Construction/demolition/debris landfill;

c. Module V—Industrial landfill;

d. Module VI—Compost facility;

e. Module VII—Transfer station;

f. Module VIII—Materials recovery facility; and

g. Module IX—Energy recovery and incineration facility.

4. All gas management plans submitted for review (Module III, IV, or V) will be assessed a fee as listed in Table 3.1-2 of 9VAC20-90-120.

5. The groundwater monitoring modules contain requirements for well location, installation, and construction, listing of monitoring parameters and constituents, sampling and analysis procedures, statistical procedures, data evaluation, recordkeeping and reporting, and special requirements when significant increases occur in monitoring parameters. Module X is designed specifically for Phase I or detection monitoring and Module XI for Phase II or assessment monitoring. If groundwater protection standards are being established for facilities without Modules X and XI, then both Modules X and XI will be issued for the major modification fee. However, for facilities with Module X already included in their permit, the major modification fee will be assessed to add Module XI.

6. The closure module (Module XII), included in all permits, contains requirements for actions during the active life of the facility (updating plan), during the closure process, and after the closure has been performed. Facilities required to submit a closure plan in accordance with §§ 10.1-1410.1 and 10.1-1410.2 A 1 of the Code of Virginia will be assessed a fee for Module XII as listed in Table 3.1-2 of 9VAC20-90-120.

7. The post-closure module (Module XIII), included in solid waste disposal facility permits, contains requirements during the post-closure period and for periodic updating of the post-closure plan. Facilities required to submit a post-closure plan in accordance with § 10.1-1410.2 of the Code of Virginia will be assessed a fee for Module XIII as listed in Table 3.1-2 of 9VAC20-90-120.

8. The schedule for compliance for corrective action (Module XIV) is used when facility groundwater monitoring results indicate groundwater protection standards have been statistically exceeded.

9. The leachate handling module (Module XV), included in solid waste disposal facility permits, contains requirements for storage, treatment and disposal of leachate generated by the facility.

10. The regulated medical waste storage module (Module XVI) and regulated medical waste treatment module (Module XVII) have been developed for facilities storing and/or treating regulated medical waste.

B. Applicants for a modification or amendment of an existing permit will be assessed a fee associated with only those modules that will require changes. In situations where the modular concept is not employed (for example, changes incorporated directly into a nonmodular permit), fees will be assessed as appropriate for the requirements stipulated for modules in subsection A of this section had they been used.

C. Applicants for a modification or amendment or subject to revocation and reissuance of an existing permit will be assessed a separate public participation fee whenever the modification or amendment requires a public hearing.

D. The fee schedules for major permit actions, amendments, or modifications are shown in Table 3.1-2 of 9VAC20-90-120.

E. In no case will the fee for a modification, amendment or revocation and reissuance of a permit be higher than that for a new facility of the same type.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-20-11 § 3.3, eff. June 8, 1992; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 27, Issue 22, eff. August 3, 2011.

9VAC20-90-100. Minor actions, amendments or modifications.

Applicants for minor modifications and minor permit amendments under the provisions of 9VAC20-81-600 F 2 shall not be assessed a permit modification fee.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-20-11 § 3.4, eff. June 8, 1992; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 27, Issue 22, eff. August 3, 2011.

9VAC20-90-110. Review of variance requests.

Applicants requesting variances from the Solid Waste Management Regulations (9VAC20-81), the Regulated Medical Waste Management Regulations (9VAC20-120), or the Coal Combustion Byproduct Regulations (9VAC20-85) will be assessed a fee as shown in Table 3.1-3 of 9VAC20-90-120. All variance requests are subject to base fees. Additional fees are listed for reviews of specific types of variance requests and are to be submitted in addition to base fees. Variance requests are not subject to public participation fees listed in Table 3.1-2 of 9VAC20-90-120.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; amended, Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 27, Issue 22, eff. August 3, 2011.

9VAC20-90-113. Annual fee calculation for incinerators and energy recovery facilities.

A. General. All persons operating an incinerator or energy recovery facility that is permitted under the regulations outlined in 9VAC20-90-50 shall submit annual fees according to the procedures provided in 9VAC20-90-65. Annual fees shall be calculated using the procedures provided in subsection B of this section. Fees shall be rounded to the nearest dollar. The 2010 base fee rate is $0.055 per ton.

B. Fee calculation. Annual tonnage will be determined from the total amount of waste reported as having been incinerated on Form DEQ 50-25 for the preceding year pursuant to the Waste Information Assessment Program (9VAC20-81-80). Annual fees shall be calculated by multiplying the number of tons of waste incinerated by the fee rate set forth in subsection A of this section adjusted annually by the change in the Consumer Price Index. The Consumer Price Index is the Consumer Price Index for all-urban consumers for the 12-month period ending on April 30 of the calendar year preceding the year the annual fee is due. The Consumer Price Index for all-urban consumers is published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. All items, CUUR0000SA0.

C. Weight/volume conversions. For facilities required to pay annual fees based on the tonnage of the waste incinerated, the annual fee shall be based on the accurate weight of waste. If scales are unavailable, the volume of the waste incinerated by the facility must be multiplied by 0.50 tons per cubic yard to determine the weight of the waste incinerated. If the volume of waste is used to determine the tonnage of waste incinerated, accurate and complete records of the waste received and managed must be maintained in addition to the calculated weight records described in this part. These records must be maintained onsite throughout the life of the facility and made available to the department upon request.

D. Emergency. The director may waive or reduce annual fees assessed during a state of emergency or for waste resulting from an emergency response action. A facility operator may request a determination if a given volume of waste incinerated in a given calendar year qualifies for a waived or reduced fee by submitting documentation of the emergency to the regional office where the facility is located. The request will provide the name and permit number of the facility, a facility contact, the nature of the emergency or response action, a description of the waste, and an accurate accounting of the type and tonnage of waste managed as a result of the emergency. Requests for a determination by the director must be submitted by March 31 of the year following the emergency coincident with the solid waste information assessment report. A separate request shall be provided for each year if the emergency lasts for multiple years.

E. Annual fee discounts for environmental excellence program participants are set out in 9VAC20-90-117.

F. The operator of a facility owned by a private entity and subject to any fee imposed pursuant to this section shall collect such fee as a surcharge on any fee schedule established pursuant to law, ordinance, resolution, or contract for solid waste processing or disposal operations at the facility.

G. Closure. Facilities that remove all waste materials at the time of closure and are subject only to closure requirements are subject to payment of the annual fee if they were operating at any time during the calendar year.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 22, eff. August 3, 2011; amended, Virginia Register Volume 28, Issue 23, eff. August 15, 2012.

9VAC20-90-114. Annual fee calculation for sanitary landfills, noncaptive industrial landfills, and construction and demolition debris landfills.

A. General. All persons operating a sanitary landfill, noncaptive industrial landfill, or a construction and demolition debris landfill permitted under the regulations outlined in 9VAC20-90-50 shall submit annual fees according to the procedures provided in 9VAC20-90-65. Annual fees shall be calculated using the procedures provided in subsection B of this section. Fees shall be rounded to the nearest dollar. The 2010 base fee rate is $0.115 per ton.

B. Fee calculation. Annual tonnage will be determined from the total amount of waste reported as having been landfilled on Form DEQ 50-25 for the preceding year pursuant to the Waste Information Assessment Program (9VAC20-81-80). Annual fees shall be calculated by multiplying the tons of waste landfilled (excluding any ash landfilled that was generated by incinerators and energy recovery facilities located in Virginia previously assessed a fee under 9VAC20-90-113) by the fee rate set forth in subsection A of this section adjusted annually by the change in the Consumer Price Index. The Consumer Price Index is the Consumer Price Index values for all-urban consumers for the 12-month period ending on April 30 of the calendar year preceding the year the annual fee is due. The Consumer Price Index for all-urban consumers is published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. All items, CUUR0000SA0. Landfills receiving ash generated by incinerators and energy recovery facilities located in Virginia previously assessed a fee under 9VAC20-90-113 shall report to the board the amount of ash received from individual facilities on the Solid Waste Information Reporting Table, Form DEQ 50-25. The tonnage of ash identified as being generated by incinerators and energy recovery facilities previously assessed a fee under 9VAC20-90-113 shall be exempted from the annual fee assessed for sanitary landfills, construction and demolition debris landfills, and noncaptive industrial landfills.

C. Weight/volume conversions. For facilities required to pay annual fees based on the tonnage of the waste landfilled, the annual fee shall be based on the accurate weight of waste. If scales are unavailable, the volume of the waste landfilled by the facility must be multiplied by 0.50 tons per cubic yard to determine the weight of the waste landfilled. If the volume of waste is used to determine the tonnage of waste landfilled, accurate and complete records of the waste received and managed must be maintained in addition to the calculated weight records described in this part. These records must be maintained onsite throughout the life of the facility and made available to the department upon request.

D. Emergency. The director may waive or reduce annual fees assessed during a state of emergency or for waste resulting from an emergency response action. A facility operator may request a determination if a given volume of waste landfilled in a given calendar year qualifies for a waived or reduced fee by submitting documentation of the emergency to the regional office where the facility is located. The request will provide the name and permit number of the facility, a facility contact, the nature of the emergency or response action, a description of the waste, and an accurate accounting of the type and tonnage of waste managed as a result of the emergency. Requests for a determination by the director must be submitted by March 31 of the year following the emergency coincident with the solid waste information assessment report. A separate request shall be provided for each year if the emergency lasts for multiple years.

E. Annual fee discounts for environmental excellence program participants are set out in 9VAC20-90-117.

F. The operator of a facility owned by a private entity and subject to any fee imposed pursuant to this section shall collect such fee as a surcharge on any fee schedule established pursuant to law, ordinance, resolution, or contract for solid waste processing or disposal operations at the facility.

G. Closure. Facilities that remove all waste materials at the time of closure and are subject only to closure requirements are subject to payment of the annual fee if they were operating at any time during the calendar year.

H. Transition to post-closure care. Landfills entering post-closure care will pay an annual fee as follows:

1. If the landfill received waste during the previous calendar year, the annual fee will be based on the amount of waste landfilled for the preceding year pursuant to the Waste Information Assessment Program (9VAC20-81-80); or

2. If the landfill did not receive waste during the previous calendar year and began post-closure care during the previous calendar year as provided in 9VAC20-81-170, the landfill shall be subject to the post-closure care annual fee.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 23, eff. August 18, 2010; amended, Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 22, eff. August 3, 2011; Volume 28, Issue 23, eff. August 15, 2012.

9VAC20-90-115. Annual fee calculation for other types of facilities.

A. General. All persons operating a composting facility, regulated medical waste facility, materials recovery facility, transfer station, landfill in post-closure care, or active captive industrial landfill that is permitted under the regulations outlined in 9VAC20-90-50 shall submit annual fees according to the procedures provided in 9VAC20-90-65. Annual fees shall be calculated using the procedures provided in subsection B of this section. Fees shall be rounded to the nearest dollar. The 2010 base fee rates are provided in Table 4.1 of 9VAC20-90-130. Active captive industrial landfills shall submit Form DEQ 50-25 to the department to indicate if the landfill is a small landfill or large landfill based on the total amount of waste landfilled during the preceding calendar year.

B. Fee calculation. Annual fees shall be the fee rate set forth in subsection A of this section adjusted annually by the change in the Consumer Price Index. The Consumer Price Index is the Consumer Price Index for all-urban consumers for the 12-month period ending on April 30 of the calendar year preceding the year the annual fee is due. The Consumer Price Index for all-urban consumers is published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. All items, CUUR0000SA0.

C. Weight/volume conversions. For facilities required to pay annual fees based on the tonnage of the waste landfilled, the annual fee shall be based on the accurate weight of waste. If scales are unavailable, the volume of the waste landfilled by the facility must be multiplied by 0.50 tons per cubic yard to determine the weight of the waste landfilled. If the volume of waste is used to determine the tonnage of waste landfilled, accurate and complete records of the waste received and managed must be maintained in addition to the calculated weight records described in this part. These records must be maintained onsite throughout the life of the facility and made available to the department upon request.

D. Emergency. The director may waive or reduce annual fees assessed during a state of emergency or for waste resulting from an emergency response action. A facility operator may request a determination if a given volume of waste landfilled in a given calendar year qualifies for a waived or reduced fee by submitting documentation of the emergency to the regional office where the facility is located. The request will provide the name and permit number of the facility, a facility contact, the nature of the emergency or response action, a description of the waste, and an accurate accounting of the type and tonnage of waste managed as a result of the emergency. Requests for a determination by the director must be submitted by March 31 of the year following the emergency coincident with the solid waste information assessment report. A separate request shall be provided for each year if the emergency lasts for multiple years.

E. Annual fee discounts for environmental excellence program participants are set out in 9VAC20-90-117.

F. The operator of a facility owned by a private entity and subject to any fee imposed pursuant to this section shall collect such fee as a surcharge on any fee schedule established pursuant to law, ordinance, resolution or contract for solid waste processing or disposal operations at the facility.

G. Closure. Facilities that remove all waste materials at the time of closure and are subject only to closure requirements are subject to payment of the annual fee if they were operating at any time during the calendar year.

H. Transition to post-closure care. Landfills entering post-closure care will pay an annual fee as follows:

1. If the landfill received waste during the previous calendar year, the annual fee will be based on the amount of waste landfilled for the preceding year pursuant to the Waste Information Assessment Program (9VAC20-81-80); or

2. If the landfill did not receive waste during the previous calendar year and began post-closure care during the previous calendar year as provided in 9VAC20-81-170, the landfill shall be subject to the post-closure care annual fee.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; amended, Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 23, eff. August 18, 2010; Volume 27, Issue 22, eff. August 3, 2011; Volume 28, Issue 23, eff. August 15, 2012.

9VAC20-90-117. Discounted annual fees for Environmental Excellence Program participants.

A. The term "Virginia Environmental Excellence Program" (VEEP) means a voluntary program established by the department to provide public recognition and regulatory incentives to encourage higher levels of environmental performance for program participants that develop and implement Environmental Management Systems (EMS). The program is based on the use of EMS that improve compliance, prevent pollution, and utilize other measures to improve environmental performance.

B. Participants in the VEEP shall be eligible for reduced annual fees. The VEEP program includes the Environmental Enterprise (E2) level of participation and the Exemplary Environmental Enterprise (E3) level of participation.

C. Annual fee discounts will not become effective until 2005. The availability of discounts to the annual fees will be dependent upon acceptance and continued participation in the VEEP.

D. Eligibility for reduced annual fees shall be based upon the department's review of the annual report that is required to be submitted by the VEEP. The department shall review annual reports to verify that facilities continue to meet VEEP criteria prior to offering discounted annual fees.

1. The participant's annual report must reflect activities occurring through December 31 and must satisfy all reporting requirements established in the VEEP.

2. Annual reports must be received at the department's central office by April 1 of the following year to be eligible for a reduction of the annual fees.

3. The annual report must list all regulated and permitted activities included within the scope of the facility's Environmental Management System.

4. A participant's level of participation will be evaluated as of December 31 of each calendar year.

E. If a facility participated in the VEEP but participation in the program was terminated, discounted fees will not be available to participants until they have been reaccepted into the VEEP.

F. Participants at the E2 level of participation will be eligible to receive a discount to annual fees for up to a maximum of 3 years.

G. Prior to distributing bills for annual fees, the department shall calculate the discounted annual fees. The total amount of all facilities' discounts to solid waste annual fees shall not exceed $140,000 annually.

1. The total of a 20% discount for each participant at the E3 level of participation and a 10% discount for each participant at the E2 level of participation shall be calculated.

2. If the calculated total of the discounts to annual fees would exceed $140,000, annual fees for participants at the E3 level of participation shall be discounted 10%, and annual fees for participants at the E2 level of participation shall not be discounted.

3. If the calculated total of the discounts to annual fees would not exceed $140,000, annual fees for participants at the E3 level of participation shall be discounted 20%, and annual fees for participants at the E2 level of participation shall be discounted 10%.

4. If the calculated total of all facilities' discounts to annual fees exceeds $140,000, the department shall reevaluate the discounts offered to VEEP participants and shall begin the regulatory process to revise the discounts offered to VEEP participants.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004.

9VAC20-90-120. Permit application fee schedules.

TABLE 3.1–1. NEW OR INITIAL ISSUANCE OR ACTION.

TYPE OF FACILITY

FEE

All landfills:

Part A application

$4,180

Part B application

$18,680

Incineration/Energy Recovery Facility

$5,880

Transfer Station, Materials Recovery Facility, Regulated Medical Waste Storage Facility, or Regulated Medical Waste Treatment Facility

$4,310

Compost Facility

Facilities Processing Category I Waste

$6,850

Facilities Processing Waste Categories I, II, or III, or Categories III and Lower

$10,550

Facilities Processing Waste Categories I, II, III, or IV, or Categories IV and Lower

$12,670

Experimental Solid Waste Facility

$2,090

Permit-by-rule Initial Review and Confirmation

$390

Emergency Permit

$2,310

TABLE 3.1‑2. MAJOR PERMIT ACTIONS, AMENDMENTS, OR MODIFICATIONS.

TYPE OF PERMIT MODULE

FEE

Landfill Part A

$4,180

General - Module I

$390

Facility - Module II

$1,310

Landfill - Module III, IV, or V

$7,050

Design plan review

$910

Liner design review

$1,960

Leachate system review

$1,310

Gas management plan review

$1,700

Drainage plan review

$910

Cover design review

$1,830

Equipment

$390

Compost facility - Module VI

$3,660

Design plan review

$650

Liner design review

$1,310

Leachate system review

$910

Drainage plan review

$650

Equipment

$390

Transfer station - Module VII

$1,180

Material recovery facility - Module VIII

$1,570

Waste supply analysis

$650

Waste management areas

$520

Wastewater management areas

$390

Incinerator/Energy recovery facility - Module IX

$3,000

Waste and residue storage

$910

Operational requirements

$1,570

Waste control procedures

$520

Groundwater monitoring - Module X or XI

$3,260

Well placement

$1,310

Materials and specifications

$390

Sampling plan

$1,570

Closure - Module XII

$390

Post-closure - Module XIII

$390

Corrective action - Module XIV

$3,000

Leachate handling Module XV

$1,310

Regulated medical waste storage facility - Module XVI

$390

Regulated medical waste treatment facility - Module XVII

$390

Permit-by-rule Modification Review and Confirmation

$390

Public participation (does not include costs of newspaper advertisements or radio broadcasts)

$1,040

TABLE 3.1-3. VARIANCE REQUESTS.

TYPE OF VARIANCE

FEE

Base fee for all variances

$390

Supplemental fees based on variance type

Exemption from classification as a solid waste

$520

Variance to permitting requirements

Siting requirements

$520

Facility design (other than alternate liner design)

$520

Operational requirements

--

Groundwater monitoring (other than groundwater protection standards and location of monitoring system)

$920

Closure requirements

--

Post-closure requirements

--

Groundwater Protection Standards

--

Alternate liner system design

$1,570

Location of groundwater monitoring system

$920

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; amended, Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 29, Issue 21, eff. August 1, 2013.

9VAC20-90-130. Base fee rate schedules.

TABLE 4.1. BASE FEE RATES FOR ANNUAL WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY FEES.

Category of Facility/Activity

Base Fee Rate

1. Sanitary landfills, noncaptive industrial landfills, and construction and demolition landfills are assigned a base fee rate as follows:

Sanitary landfill

$0.115 per ton of waste landfilled

Construction, demolition, debris landfill

$0.115 per ton of waste landfilled

Noncaptive industrial landfill

$0.115 per ton of waste landfilled

2. Incinerators and energy recovery facilities are assigned a base fee rate based upon their annual tonnage as follows:

Base Fee Rate

Incinerators

$0.055 per ton of waste incinerated

Energy recovery facilities

$0.055 per ton of waste incinerated

3. Other types of facilities are assigned a base fee rate as follows:

Type of Facility/Activity

Base Fee Rate

Composting

$1,200

Regulated medical waste

$2,500

Materials recovery

$4,500

Transfer station

$5,500

Facilities in post-closure care

$1,000

4. Active captive industrial landfills are assigned a base fee rate as follows:

Type of Facility/Activity

Base Fee Rate

Small landfills (landfilling less than 100,000 tons per year)

$2,500

Large landfills (landfilling 100,000 tons or more per year)

$7,500

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; amended, Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 23, eff. August 18, 2010; Volume 27, Issue 22, eff. August 3, 2011.

Forms (9VAC20-90)

Solid Waste Information and Assessment Program - Reporting Table, Form DEQ 50‑25 with Statement of Economic Benefits Form and Instructions (rev. 11/2014)

Solid Waste Annual Permit Fee Quarter Payment Form PF001 (rev. 6/2019)



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