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TITLE 30ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 330MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE
SUBCHAPTER TUSE OF LAND OVER CLOSED MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE LANDFILLS
RULE §330.954Development Permit, Development Authorization, and Registration Requirements, Procedures, and Processing

(a) Permit required for development over a closed municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill unit.

  (1) No person may commence or continue physical construction of an enclosed structure over a closed MSW landfill as defined in §330.951 of this title (relating to Definitions) without first submitting a development permit application in accordance with §330.956 of this title (relating to Application for Proposed or Existing Constructions Over a Closed Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Unit, General Requirements) and receiving a development permit issued by the executive director, except as noted in paragraph (7) of this subsection. The permit issued by the executive director under this subchapter is a development permit and not a permit for the management of solid waste. A permit application for a development permit shall comply with those requirements in this subchapter. A permit application to manage MSW shall comply with the applicable sections of Chapter 281 and Chapter 305 of this title (relating to Applications Processing and Consolidated Permits), and Subchapters A - M of this chapter.

  (2) A development permit is required for construction of an enclosed structure over a closed MSW landfill that had received a permit under §330.7 of this title (relating to Permit Required) and had its permit revoked at the end of the post-closure care period in accordance with §305.67 of this title (relating to Revocation and Suspension upon Request or Consent) or for construction of an enclosed structure over a non-permitted closed MSW landfill. The exact waste boundary may be determined through soil boring tests in accordance with §330.953 of this title (relating to Soil Test Required before Development), or through alternative investigation methods approved by the executive director.

  (3) A development permit for construction of an enclosed structure is required for an entire property that includes a closed MSW landfill with unknown boundaries as defined in §330.951 of this title.

  (4) The permit application under this subchapter must be received at least 45 days prior to the proposed commencement of construction over the closed MSW landfill unit.

  (5) If a person directs an engineer to conduct Soil Test I, and the soil test reveals the existence of a closed MSW landfill unit after the commencement of construction, construction of the enclosed structure being built over the waste area shall cease immediately, and a permit application shall be submitted and a development permit issued before construction of the enclosed structure over the waste area unit can resume. The person may proceed with construction and development of other facilities, including those items listed in the definition of essential improvements.

  (6) If a person directs an engineer to conduct either Soil Test II or Soil Test III and the engineer discovers a closed MSW landfill unit as a result of the test, the person shall submit a permit application. Development of an enclosed structure over the closed landfill unit cannot begin until a development permit is issued.

  (7) If a person directs an engineer to conduct either Soil Test II or Soil Test III and the engineer does not detect a closed MSW landfill unit as a result of the test, but subsequently discovers a closed MSW landfill unit during the development, the person is not required to submit a permit application but must meet the provisions of §330.959 of this title (relating to Contents of Registration Application for an Existing Structure Built Over a Closed Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Unit).

  (8) As part of the application, the owner shall provide the name and physical and mailing addresses of a public building with normal operating hours such as library, city hall, or county courthouse where the application can be viewed by the general public. The facilities where the permit can be viewed shall be in compliance with all applicable requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The application shall also include an adjacent landowner list.

(b) Review and approval of permit application.

  (1) Notice of the opportunity to request a public meeting for an application shall be provided not later than 45 days of the executive director's receipt of the application in accordance with the procedures contained in §39.501(c) of this title (relating to Application for Municipal Solid Waste Permit). The owner or operator and the commission shall hold a public meeting in the local area, prior to facility authorization, if a public meeting is required based on the criteria contained in §55.154(c) of this title (relating to Public Meetings). This section does not require the commission to respond to comments, and it does not create an opportunity for a contested case hearing. The purpose of the public meeting is for the public to provide input for consideration by the commission, and for the applicant and commission staff to provide information to the public.

  (2) The commission shall notify the owner by mail of the date and time of the meeting .

  (3) The commission shall require the applicant to publish notice of the meeting in a newspaper that is generally circulated in each county in which the property proposed for development is located. The published notice must appear at least once a week for the two weeks before the date of the meeting. The commission shall also notify all individuals on the list of adjacent landowners at least 15 days prior to the meeting. The notice shall list the location, date, and time of the public meeting, and the location of the public building where the development permit application can be viewed.

  (4) The executive director's staff will conduct the public meeting at the designated location. The owner will make a presentation of the application, the executive director's staff will describe the development permit, and public comment will be received. The public meeting is not an evidentiary proceeding.

  (5) On or before the fifth day following the public meeting:

    (A) the executive director will either approve or deny the development permit application. The executive director shall base the decision on whether the application meets each of the requirements of §330.956 of this title and §330.957 of this title (relating to Contents of the Development Permit and Workplan Application). A decision denying the permit shall state the deficiencies that were cause for the denial and any modifications necessary to correct those deficiencies; and

    (B) a person may submit in writing to the chief clerk a request to be notified of the executive director's decision on the application.

  (6) The date on which the executive director issues the order shall be construed as the date on which notice of the decision is mailed to the owner and to each person that requested notification of the executive director's decision in accordance with paragraph (5)(B) of this subsection.

  (7) Petition for review of executive director's decision.

    (A) The owner or a person may file a petition for review not later than the tenth day after the date the executive director issues the order. The owner or person that files a petition shall file the petition with the chief clerk, and shall mail a copy of the petition to the owner and to each person that requested notification of the executive director's decision in accordance with paragraph (5)(B) of this subsection.

    (B) If a petition for review is filed, the commission shall act on the petition for review within 35 days after issuance of the executive director's order or at the next scheduled commission meeting, whichever is later. The commission may affirm or reverse the order issued by the executive director.

    (C) A commission order ruling on a petition for review is final and effective on the date issued.

  (8) If no petition for review is filed ten days after the executive director issues a decision, the decision is final and effective on the 11th day after the date the decision was issued.

  (9) If the actual cost of reviewing the permit is not equal to the application fee, the owner will be presented with either a refund or an invoice in accordance with subsection (a)(7) of this section. If an invoice is submitted, a development permit will not be issued until the invoice is paid.

  (10) An owner who is denied a development permit may submit a new application to the executive director.

(c) Requirements for development over a closed MSW landfill in post-closure care.

  (1) For an MSW landfill that is covered by an existing permit for the management of solid waste received under §330.7 of this title and is currently in post-closure care, no person may commence physical construction of an enclosed structure without submitting a permit modification application for the closure plan and post-closure plan of the existing permit in accordance with §305.70(j)(6) of this title (relating to Municipal Solid Waste Permit and Registration Modifications), or a permit amendment application in accordance with §305.62 of this title (relating to Amendment), and a workplan including those items listed in §330.957 of this title, and receiving the approval from the executive director.

  (2) For an MSW landfill that is covered by an existing permit for the management of solid waste received under §330.7 of this title and is currently in post-closure care, no person may commence with any type of non-enclosed structures, which will result in the disturbance, in any way, of the final cover without submitting a permit modification application for the closure plan and post-closure plan of the existing permit in accordance with §305.70(j)(6) of this title or a permit amendment application in accordance with §305.62 of this title, and a workplan including those items listed in §330.960 of this title (relating to Contents of Authorization Request to Disturb Final Cover Over a Closed Municipal Solid Waste Landfill for Non-enclosed Structures), and receiving the approval from the executive director.

  (3) The executive director shall issue a decision to approve or deny the permit modification/amendment application. The executive director shall base the decision on whether the application meets each of the requirements of §305.70(j)(6) or §305.62 of this title, respectively, and of §330.957 or §330.960 of this title, respectively. A decision denying the permit modification/amendment shall state the deficiencies that were cause for the denial and any modifications necessary to correct those deficiencies.

(d) Registration for existing structures.

  (1) The owner or lessee of an existing structure that existed or began development prior to September 1, 1993, and is built over a closed MSW landfill unit, shall submit a registration application to the executive director. The registration application shall be submitted to the executive director and shall include those items listed in §330.959 of this title. This paragraph is not intended to require that owners and lessees of enclosed structures initiate investigations for closed MSW landfills.

  (2) A registration issued by the executive director under this subchapter is not a registration for the management of solid waste. A registration application for an existing structure shall comply with those requirements in this subchapter. A registration application to manage MSW shall comply with the applicable sections of Chapter 281 and Chapter 305 of this title and Subchapters A - M of this chapter.

  (3) The owner shall submit the registration within 180 days from the determination that the structure overlies a closed MSW landfill.

  (4) Upon receipt of written approval of the structures gas monitoring plan or approval with modifications to the plan from the executive director, the owner or lessee of the existing structure shall implement the plan in accordance with its approved schedule.

(e) Authorization to disturb final cover for non-enclosed structures.

  (1) The integrity of the final cover of a closed MSW landfill shall not knowingly be violated, disturbed, altered, removed, or interrupted in any way without the prior authorization of the executive director, except where soil tests are being performed in accordance with §330.953 of this title.

  (2) Penetrations of the final cover or liner systems will not be allowed without the prior authorization of the executive director. These include, but are not limited to, borings, piers, spread footings, foundations for light standards, fence posts, anchors, deadman anchors, manholes, on-site disposal systems, recreational facilities, and any other kind of non-enclosed structures.

  (3) An authorization to disturb final cover issued by the executive director under this subchapter is not an authorization for the management of solid waste. An application for authorization shall comply with those requirements in this subchapter.

  (4) The authorization request must be received at least 45 days prior to the proposed commencement of construction over the closed MSW landfill unit.


Source Note: The provisions of this §330.954 adopted to be effective May 17, 1995, 20 TexReg 3241; amended to be effective March 27, 2006, 31 TexReg 2502

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