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EPA GRANTS FULL APPROVAL TO KENTUCKYFOR ITS MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE LANDFILL PERMIT PROGRAM

 ATLANTA, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has granted full approval to the Commonwealth of Kentucky for its municipal solid waste landfill (MSWLF) permit program.
 Kentucky becomes the first state in the country to be granted full approval. EPA's action is based on the agency's review of Kentucky's application and the determination that the state's program satisfies all of the requirements necessary to qualify for full approval. Two other states have received partial approval for portions of their MSWLF programs.
 Full approval means that Kentucky now has responsibility for municipal solid waste management, which includes issuing permits for existing and new municipal solid waste landfills.
 Patrick Tobin, acting EPA regional administrator in Atlanta, said: "This accomplishment is, in part, the result of EPA's close working relationship with Kentucky. It is an important step in improving the safety of municipal landfills in Kentucky."
 EPA's revised criteria for MSWLF, issued under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) include location, design, operating, and closure standards, as well as cleanup requirements for existing contamination. The states are primarily responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the new rules. States are required to incorporate the federal standards into current state waste permitting programs. EPA then is required to determine the adequacy of each state's MSWLF permit program.
 EPA's solid waste landfill standards are the first comprehensive federal standards designed to upgrade the safety of municipal landfills. In order to qualify for full approval, states and Native American Tribes must have enforceable standards for new and existing MSWLFs that are technically comparable to EPA's revised criteria. Also, they must have authority to issue a permit to all new and existing MSWLFs in their jurisdiction and must provide for public participation in permit issuance and enforcement as required by RCRA. Additionally, the states/Native American Tribes must show that they have sufficient compliance monitoring and enforcement authorities to take specific action against any owner or operator who fails to comply with an approved MSWLF program.
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 /CONTACT: Carl Terry, press office of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 404-347-3004/


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