Guidance for Louisiana Solid Waste Permit Application for Type III separation and Woodwaste Processing Facilities Introduction



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GUIDANCE for

Louisiana Solid Waste Permit Application for Type III Separation and Woodwaste Processing Facilities
Introduction

This Guidance document has been prepared by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) to assist the permit applicant in completing the Louisiana Solid Waste Permit Application for Type III Separation and Woodwaste Processing Facilities. It should be consulted and utilized prior to providing responses to the information required to be contained in the application.


The Louisiana Solid Waste Permit Application for Type III Separation and Woodwaste Processing Facilities provides information to the LDEQ Waste Permits Division to be used along with other information in making a decision on the permit application. Additionally, the information provided in the application is used by the DEQ to assess potential pollution from a proposed facility or modification and the measures that will be used to control the pollution. The measures used for pollution control must meet all applicable laws and regulations.
Authority to request this information is contained in the Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 33. Copies of this regulation are available from the LDEQ Regulation Development and Remediation Section of the Legal Division or on the LDEQ website at: http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal/Default.aspx?tabid=1674.
Scope

The Louisiana Solid Waste Permit Application for Type III Separation and Woodwaste Processing Facilities form is intended to apply to a single geographical location of a facility. Facilities in geographically dispersed locations should be treated separately for the purpose of determining when to submit an application. Submit a separate application for each facility whenever an application is necessary.


General

Do not write information in the top or left side margin of the application form as file folder bindings may cover the information.


Do not alter the permit application form in any way, except as directed by this Guidance and instructions included in the Louisiana Solid Waste Permit Application for Type III Separation and Woodwaste Processing Facilities.
All chemical testing required for this application shall be in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or other applicable standards approved by the administrative authority and must be conducted in accordance with the Louisiana Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (LELAP) requirements under LAC 33:I.Subpart 3.
All geotechnical testing required for this application shall follow the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and must be conducted in accordance with the LELAP requirements under LAC 33:I.Subpart 3.
When to Submit an Application

Applications for Type III Separation and Woodwaste Processing Facilities are submitted primarily for one of the following reasons: (1) to obtain a permit for a new facility; (2) to modify an existing facility with an effective permit; (3) to obtain a permit for an existing facility operating without a permit but is now being made subject to the regulations; or (4) to renew a permit for an existing facility.


To avoid unnecessary delays, applications should be submitted as far in advance as possible before construction of the facility or modification. Some construction projects require prior approval of LDEQ Divisions other than the Waste Permits Division. Permit application review times vary depending on the complexity of the application, the completeness of the application, and/or the current workload of the Waste Permits Division. However, be advised that, “No new permitted solid waste facilities shall be constructed or operated without approval issued by the administrative authority in accordance with these regulations.” (LAC 33:VII.509.A.5, emphasis added)
What Should be Submitted

Submit five (5) paper copies of the application (including one original application) and three (3) electronic copies (on compact discs) addressed to the attention of the current Assistant Secretary of the Office of Environmental Services or the current Administrator of the Waste Permits Division at the following address (LAC 33:VII.513.C.2.a):

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

Office of Environmental Services

Waste Permits Division

Post Office Box 4313

Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4313
NOTE: If the facility is located in Calcasieu Parish or in two parishes, submit six (6) paper copies of the application. For applications to go on public review (generally new, renewal, and major modification applications), the applications should be submitted in a three ring binder or as loose pages, so that replacement pages can be inserted into the original submittal.
Attach a proof of payment for the waste permit application fee to the original application. Do NOT attach copies of this check to any documents submitted to LDEQ. See Section 5 for more details.
Keep a photocopy of the application and attachments for your records.
Basis for Estimations

All estimates used in responses to the application must be supported by calculations and/or any supporting information and shall be submitted with the application.


Acceptable Answers

If certain questions or fields in the application are not applicable, indicate "none" or "not applicable" (N/A). Terms such as "not significant," "nil," "trace," etc. are not appropriate.


The applicant must submit a completed application containing all relevant required information at the time the permit application is submitted. Submission of insufficient or undefined responses and/or information will result in the inability of the LDEQ to issue a permit based on an incomplete permit application. Failure to accurately complete the permit application may subject the application to suspension, notice of deficiency(ies) (NODs), and/or potential enforcement action.
If there are any questions about the required information to be submitted in the permit application, contact the Waste Permits Division at (225) 219-3181.
Professional Engineer Required
In accordance with LAC 33:VII.725.A.1, facility plans, specifications, and operations represented and described in the permit application shall be prepared under the supervision of and certified by a professional engineer, licensed in the state of Louisiana.
Common Definitions

Terms used in the application and/or in this Guidance document shall have the same meanings as defined in the solid waste regulations in LAC 33:VII.115. Relevant terms from LAC 33:VII.115 are included below. Additional terms shall have the following meanings:


Agency Interest (AI) Number – A unique identifier assigned to each facility by LDEQ. Existing facilities in the state have AI numbers assigned to them. New facilities will be assigned an AI Number after LDEQ receives the application.
Facility – The actual land and associated appurtenances used for storage, processing, and/or disposal of solid wastes, but possibly consisting of one or more units. (Any earthen ditches leading to or from a unit of a facility and that receive solid waste are considered part of the facility to which they connect, except for ditches lined with materials capable of preventing groundwater contamination. The term facility does not necessarily mean an entire industrial manufacturing plant.)
IT Requirements/ IT Questions – The “IT Requirements” or “IT Questions” are five requirements [see Save Ourselves v. Envtl. Control Comm'n, 452 So. 2d at 1152, 1157 (La. 1984)] that both the permit applicant and the LDEQ consider during certain permit application processes. Although the five requirements have been expressed as three requirements (see Rubicon Inc., 670 So. 2d at 475, 483 (La. App. 1 Cir 1996), rehearing denied), the requirements remain basically the same whether stated as five or as three. The “IT Requirements” must satisfy the issues of whether:

1) the potential and real adverse environmental effects of the proposed project have been avoided to the maximum extent possible;

2) a cost benefit analysis of the environment impact costs balanced against the social and economic benefits of the project demonstrate that the latter outweighs the former;

3) there are alternative projects or alternative sites or mitigating measures, which would offer more protection to the environment than the proposed project without unduly curtailing nonenvironmental benefits to the extent applicable.


Major modification – Any change in a site, facility, process or disposal method, or operation that substantially deviates from the permit or tends to substantially increase the impact of the site, facility, process or disposal method, or operation on the environment. See Section 1 for criteria.
Minor modification – Any modification that does not meet the criteria for a major modification.
Permittee/Permit Holder – A person who is issued a permit and is responsible for meeting all conditions of the permit and these regulations at a facility.
Process – A method or technique, including recycling, recovering, compacting (but not including compacting that occurs solely within a transportation vehicle), composting, incinerating, shredding, baling, recovering resources, pyrolyzing, or any other method or technique that is designed to change the physical, chemical, or biological character or composition of a solid waste to render it safer for transport, reduced in volume, or amenable for recovery, storage, reshipment, or resale. The definition of process does not include treatment of wastewaters to meet state or federal wastewater discharge permit limits. Neither does the definition include activities of an industrial generator to simply separate wastes from the manufacturing process.
Separation Facility - A Type III solid waste processing facility at which recyclables are separated from a nonputrescible solid waste stream for future use. The nonputrescible waste stream received by the separation facility shall not contain more than a de minimis amount of putrescible waste.
Site – The physical location, including land area and appurtenances, of an existing or proposed storage, processing, or disposal facility. A site may consist of a number of facilities, each subject to a permit to process or dispose of solid waste.
TEMPO – An acronym standing for Tools for Environmental Management and Protection Organizations. This is the main computer database program used by LDEQ to store data and generate permits on all facilities and units.
Type III Facility – A facility used for disposing or processing of construction/demolition debris or woodwaste, composting organic waste to produce a usable material, or separating recyclable wastes (e.g., a construction/demolition-debris or woodwaste landfill, separation facility, or composting facility).
Unit of a Facility – A designated area of a facility wherein solid waste is, has been, or will be processed, stored, or disposed.
Woodwaste – Yard trash and types of waste generated by land and right-of-way clearing operations, sawmills, plywood mills, and woodyards associated with the lumber and paper industry, such as wood residue, cutoffs, wood chips, sawdust, wood shavings, bark, wood refuse, wood-fired boiler ash, wood ash, and plywood or other bonded materials that contain only polyurethane, phenolic-based glues, or other glues that are approved specifically by the administrative authority. Uncontaminated, un-treated or un-painted lumber or wooden pallets are considered woodwaste under this definition.
Guidance for Completing the Permit Application

The following instructions should be used in completing the permit application form. The numbers, letters, and headings provided in this Guidance correspond to the numbers, letters, and headings contained in the application form.




  1. Facility and Permit Applicant Information (LAC 33:VII.519.B.1 and 519.G)

    1. Facility name – Enter the name of the facility.




    1. Agency Interest (AI) number – Enter the AI Number, if known. Otherwise, enter “unknown” into this field. If this facility has an AI number and it is not provided, it may delay the processing of the permit application.




    1. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code – Enter the SIC code. If not known, the code can be looked up at: http://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/sicsearch.html




    1. Mailing address, city, state, zip code – Enter the mailing address of the facility.




    1. Type of application – Check the box indicating the application type for the requested permit. New applications should be requested when the facility plans to open a new facility. Renewal applications should be requested when the facility is renewing an existing permit at the end of the permit term. Modifications should be requested when the facility wants to make a change to its existing permit.

Major modifications occur when the change meets any of the following criteria (LAC 33:VII.517.B.1):



  • a change in the types (e.g., commercial, industrial, or residential) of waste to be received at a facility (e.g., where a facility is modified to accept industrial waste);

  • an increase in the volume or rate of waste to be received at a facility (weekly tonnage and/or yearly tonnage);

  • a physical expansion of the service area;

  • an increase in the capacity of the facility;

  • an extension of the operating hours or days of operation;

  • a change to the facility that may have an impact on traffic patterns (e.g., new entrance);

  • a reduction in the number of groundwater sampling parameters or the number of groundwater monitoring wells;

  • a lateral or vertical expansion of the permitted area(s) for waste disposal, except for vertical expansion that would result in no net increase of in-place volume; or

  • other changes that would make the permit less stringent.




    1. Proof of publication – Attach proof of publication of public notice for facilities requesting a new or renewal permit or a major modification in Attachment 1. The notice shall be published in the official state journal, The Advocate, and the official journal of the parish in which the facility is located. Wording for the public notice is as follows (insert the appropriate information in the parenthesized sections):

Notice is hereby given that (name of applicant) does intend to submit to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Environmental Services, Waste Permits Division, an application for a (new or renewal) solid waste permit to operate a (type of solid waste facility) in (parish name), Range (x), Township (x), Section (x), which is approximately (identify the physical location of the site by direction and distance from the nearest town). Comments concerning the facility may be filed with the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality at the following address: Office of Environmental Services, Waste Permits Division, Post Office Box 4313, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4313.




    1. Type of operation – Check the box indicating the processor type. If both IA and IIA apply, check both boxes. IF the facility is requesting to compost Type II waste, check the corresponding box and include a composting addendum.




    1. Operational status of site and facility – Check the box indicating the operational status of the site and the facility. See the “Common Definitions” section for specifics. For the facility status, if the facility is existing and permitted and the application is for an expansion, check the ‘existing’ box. If the facility is adding a new unit, check the ‘proposed’ box.




    1. Individual/Company-Name of owner – Enter the name of the company that owns the facility or process unit. Check the box provided if this entry will be the permittee/permit holder.




    1. Individual/Company-Name of operator – Enter the name of the company that operates the facility or process unit, if this company is different from the one listed in the Company – Name of owner field. Check the box provided if this entry will be the permittee/permit holder.




    1. Parent company – Enter the name of the parent company of the company listed in the Company – Name of owner field, if one exists. Check the box provided if this entry will be the permittee/permit holder.




    1. Ownership status – Check the box that best describes the ownership of the facility. If the facility is leased, list the number of years of the lease in the blank and attach a copy of the lease in Attachment 2.




    1. Ownership – Check the box that describes the type of entity that owns the facility.




    1. Solid waste permit or Order to Upgrade number – If this is an application for a renewal, a modification of an existing permit, or an application for a new permit for a facility that was issued an Order to Upgrade, enter the permit number, including the renewal number, (e.g., P-0121, P-0432R1) or Order to Upgrade (OU) number (OU-0273) in the field. If this is a new facility and has no permit or order to upgrade number, enter N/A in the blank.




    1. Solid waste facility number – Enter the solid waste identification number (e.g., GD-016-5483) in this field. If this is a new facility and has no solid waste facility number, enter N/A in the blank.




    1. Total site acreage – Provide the total acreage for the site. This includes the facility’s processing area and all other land associated with the entire site.




    1. Acreage to be used for processing – Provide the total acreage of the facility’s processing area.




    1. History of solid waste permitting actions – Provide a history of permitting actions for the facility from the point of the permit issuance or most recent renewal. Historical permitting actions include, dates of permit issuance, dates of modification approvals, a description of the approved modification, any parts of the facility that have been closed in accordance with the solid waste regulations, and the dates of closure and post-closure activities.




    1. Units in the permit application – List the names of all units (e.g., processing facility) included in the permit application.




    1. Environmental permits issued – List, in chronological order, each environmental permit (e.g., 404 permit, coastal use permit, etc.) issued to this site, its permit number, and issued date of issuance. Begin with the first permit issued and end with the most recent. The list should include permits from LDEQ and other agencies. This list should include only permits for this site. Permits for other sites that are owned by the same company or owner should be listed in Section 6.A




    1. Environmental permits applied for – List, in chronological order, each environmental permit for which the applicant has applied or intends to apply, for this site.




  1. Physical Location and Process Description (LAC 33:VII.519.B.1 and 519.G)

    1. Nearest town (in the same parish as the facility) – Enter the closest town in the same parish as the facility (even if the facility is more commonly associated with a town in another parish).




    1. Parish(es) – Enter the parish(es) in which the facility is located.




    1. Geographic location – Enter in the spaces provided the Section, Township, and Range of the facility.




    1. GPS coordinates – Enter in the spaces provided the Latitude and Longitude (in decimal degrees) of:

  • the centerpoint of the facility,

  • the centerpoint of each unit of the facility (also list the name of the unit), and

  • the front gate of the site.

The GPS coordinates of the centerpoint of each unit (landfill, surface impoundment, etc.) and the front gate of the facility are useful site information. If more blanks are needed, attach additional units as a new attachment and add to the ‘Attachment Checklist’ at the end of the application.


    1. Physical location – Provide the physical address and location description in the space provided. Ensure that the address provided is accurate and up-to-date. Provide driving directions if no physical address exists. These directions should originate from the nearest intersection of highways. An example of an acceptable set of driving directions is as follows: “From the intersection of US Hwy 165 & LA Hwy 10 in Oakdale, LA, travel E on Hwy 10 (Oakdale Road) for 2 miles. Turn S onto Kings Rd (Parish Road 1025). Travel approximately 3.5 miles to the facility, which will be on the left side of the road.”




    1. Site operations – Provide a brief description of how the site operates to accomplish its primary business function. For example, “The processing facility processes woodwaste from St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes.”




    1. Modification/Changes – Provide a brief summary of the facility modifications or changes proposed by the application. If there are no modifications or changes proposed, indicate this in the space provided.




  1. Local Zoning (LAC 33:VII.513.B.9-10, 12, 519.B.1.m, and 519.G)

Zoning is only required for new and major modifications proposing expansions of the solid waste disposal areas for Type II and III facilities. NOTE: If zoning is not required, write “N/A” in the first box.



    1. Zoning classification – Provide the zoning classification of the land on which the facility sits at the time of the application submittal. If no zoning exists, provide a letter from the parish that states this.




    1. Local zoning authority – Provide the name of the local zoning authority authorized to zone land where the facility is located.




    1. Local zoning authority contact, address, city, zip, and business phone – Provide the contact information for the local zoning authority.




    1. Documentation – Attach documentation for zoning in Attachment 3. Check the box for the information that best describes the documentation attached. Zoning documentation should be current (recommended no older than 18 months) for new permit applications, renewal permit applications, and modifications that require an expansion of the site footprint.






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