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ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY BOARD ADOPTS INDUSTRIAL WASTE REGULATIONS

 ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY BOARD ADOPTS INDUSTRIAL WASTE REGULATIONS
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The state Environmental Quality Board (EQB) today adopted final regulations that overhaul Pennsylvania's industrial waste requirements.
 "The regulatory package is a major victory for our citizens and the environment," said Environmental Resources Secretary Arthur A. Davis, who also serves as EQB chairman.
 "Over the past five years we have adopted some of the most stringent waste regulations in the nation, regulations that require the safe disposal, storage and treatment of hazardous, municipal, infectious and, now, industrial wastes."
 Industrial wastes, technically known as residual wastes, make up more than 60 percent of the state's waste stream and include most non- hazardous solid waste produced by industry, mining and agriculture.
 "Residual waste includes a wide range of materials, from fruit pulps to industrial sludges to metal shavings," Davis said. "The new regulations recognize the diversity of wastes by requiring classification by type and testing for chemical and physical characteristics before the Department of Environmental Resources (DER) approves their disposal in specific facilities."
 Depending on the environmental risk associated with the waste, DER may permit unlined, single- and double-lined landfills, as well as single and double-lined disposal and storage impoundments. All landfills and impoundments will be required to have groundwater monitoring equipment, leachate protection and approved closure plans.
 Under the new regulations, facilities that are currently permitted by DER will have up to five years to comply with the new requirements.
 Generators of industrial wastes also will be required to obtain a permit before disposing of or processing the wastes.
 The regulations simplify the permitting process by allowing DER to issue standard permits; general permits that allow similar industries to file under one permit; or permits by rule, which allow generators to operate without filing a formal permit application as long as all DER requirements are met.
 Industrial waste generators also will be required to develop source reduction strategies to reduce the amount of waste requiring disposal.
 "The regulations also contain extensive provisions for the beneficial use of industrial wastes, including coal ash," Davis said. "Land application of some wastes will be allowed for agricultural purposes and reclamation of mine sites."
 In other business, the EQB:
 -- Accepted from DER the draft Hazardous Waste Facilities Plan that updates the 1986 plan adopted by the EQB. Using waste data from 1982 to 1989, the plan addresses current and future needs for the treatment and disposal of hazardous waste in Pennsylvania. When approved, the EQB will use the new plan to make decisions on Certificates of Public Necessity (CPN) for hazardous waste facilities. The certificate overrides local restrictions. A series of three public information meetings and four public hearings on the draft plan will be held at a later date.
 -- Agreed to study two petitions to upgrade Adams and Toms creeks in Pike County from high quality-cold water fisheries to exceptional value. The petitions were submitted by the Pike County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs and the Gifford Pinchot Audubon Society.
 The EQB is a 21-member independent board that meets monthly to review and approve all DER regulations. It includes state agency heads, five representatives of DER's Citizen Advisory Council and four members of the General Assembly.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Ellen Bolish of the DER, 717-787-1323/ CO: Department of Environmental Resources ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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