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RULE §330.73Additional Standard Permit and Registration Conditions for Municipal Solid Waste Facilities

(a) If at any time during the life of the facility the owner or operator becomes aware of any condition in the permit or registration that necessitates a change to accommodate new technology or improved methods or that makes it impractical to keep the facility in compliance, the owner or operator shall submit to the executive director requested changes to the permit or registration in accordance with §305.62 of this title (relating to Amendment) or §305.70 of this title (relating to Municipal Solid Waste Permit and Registration Modifications) and must be approved prior to their implementation.

(b) All drawings or other sheets prepared for requested revisions must be submitted following the format in §330.57(g) of this title (relating to Permit and Registration Applications for Municipal Solid Waste Facilities). All revised engineering and geoscientific plans, drawings, and reports shall be signed and sealed by a licensed professional engineer or geoscientist as specified in §330.57(f) of this title.

(c) Before a permit, or a major permit amendment as provided in §305.62(j)(1) of this title, for a municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill is issued, the executive director shall perform a site assessment of the facility, as prescribed by the executive director, to confirm information included in the application.

(d) A preconstruction conference shall be held prior to commencement of physical construction for an MSW landfill facility, a vertical landfill expansion, or a lateral landfill expansion. The preconstruction conference shall not be held more than 90 days prior to the date that construction is scheduled to begin. All aspects of the permit, construction activities, and inspections shall be discussed. Additional preconstruction conferences may be held prior to the opening of a new MSW landfill unit. The executive director and owner's representatives, including the engineer, the geotechnical consultant, the contractor, and the facility manager, shall attend the preconstruction conference.

(e) The owner or operator shall obtain and submit certification by a Texas-licensed professional engineer that the facility has been constructed as designed in accordance with the issued registration or permit and in general compliance with the regulations prior to initial operation. The owner or operator shall maintain that certification on site for inspection.

(f) After all initial construction activity has been completed and prior to accepting any solid waste, the owner or operator shall contact the executive director and region office in writing and request a pre-opening inspection. A pre-opening inspection shall be conducted by the executive director within 14 days of notification by the owner or operator that all construction activities have been completed, accompanied by representatives of the owner or operator and the engineer.

(g) The MSW facility shall not accept solid waste until the executive director has confirmed in writing that all applicable submissions required by the permit or registration and this chapter have been received and found to be acceptable, and that construction is in compliance with the permit or registration and the approved site development plan. If the executive director has not provided a written or verbal response within 14 days of completion of the pre-opening inspection, the facility shall be considered approved for acceptance of waste.

Source Note: The provisions of this §330.73 adopted to be effective March 27, 2006, 31 TexReg 2502; amended to be effective October 29, 2020, 45 TexReg 7605

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