EPA Proposes Federal Combustion Residuals Permit Program
On February 20, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to establish a federal coal combustion residuals (CCR) permit program as required by recent amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) provided in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. To implement the WIIN Act, the agency is proposing requirements and procedures to issue federal permits that will apply to Indian country and nonparticipating states to achieve compliance with the CCR disposal regulations. Non-participating states are those that do not have a state CCR permit program approved by EPA. Under the WIIN Act, states have the authority to operate permit programs, if EPA determines that the state’s requirements are as protective as the federal standards. The proposed requirements include definitions, compliance deadlines, application requirements, content and duration, and modification requirements and procedures.
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