Subchapter KKK. MUNICIPAL WASTE FACILITIES
5.901. Commercial Vehicle Safety Program.
5.902. Restrictions on municipal waste facility volumes.
5.903. Municipal waste policy reform.
5.904. Municipal waste facility impact review.
5.906. Effective date.
The provisions of this Subchapter KKK adopted by Executive Order No. 1996-5, 26 Pa.B. 4515, unless otherwise noted.
§ 5.901. Commercial Vehicle Safety Program.
The Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation will begin immediately to investigate the conditions of State highways and bridges, leading to municipal waste facilities that are or may be used by substantial numbers of commercial municipal waste vehicles and determine whether public safety hazards or damage or destruction of State highways or bridges is being caused by commercial municipal waste transportation. Public safety concerns expressed by a host community will be addressed first. The implementation of this review will include:
(1) Continuing commercial municipal waste vehicle safety inspections conducted in cooperation with the State Police and municipal waste facility operators.
(2) Engineering and traffic studies of State highways and bridges used by commercial municipal waste vehicles to access a municipal waste facility that are necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare and to prevent damages to or destruction of State highways and bridges.
(3) Imposition of weight, size or other restrictions on State highways or bridges used by commercial municipal waste vehicles to access a municipal waste facility, as necessary, to protect the public health, safety and welfare, or to prevent damage to or destruction of State highways or bridges, or necessary due to hazardous traffic conditions or other safety factors.
(4) Posting weight, size or other restrictions on State highways and bridges, as necessary, to protect the public health, safety and welfare or prevent damage to or destruction of State highways and bridges.
(5) Enforcement of requirements concerning bonds or permits for excess maintenance and other applicable provisions in accordance with 75 Pa.C.S. (relating to the Vehicle Code) and 67 Pa. Code (relating to transportation).
§ 5.902. Restrictions on municipal waste facility volumes.
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) and the Department of Transportation will conduct, or cause to be conducted, engineering and traffic studies or other analyses that are necessary to determine whether the volumes and types of waste permitted, requested or received at a municipal waste facility cause or contribute to violations of the environmental laws, 75 Pa.C.S. (relating to the Vehicle Code) or any other transportation safety requirements administered by the Department of Transportation or the Department. Municipal waste facilities include a municipal waste landfill, a resource recovery facility or a transfer facility. The Department will modify, suspend or revoke any existing municipal waste facility permit, as necessary, to reduce or eliminate public safety hazards, public nuisances or other violations of law.
§ 5.903. Municipal waste policy reform.
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) will develop or revise the following policies relating to municipal waste facilities in consultation with other Commonwealth executive agencies, the Departments Solid Waste Advisory Committee and other groups:
(1) Environmental assessment policy. Criteria will be developed to assess potential public benefits and public harms from the operation of the facility, to evaluate this information and to determine whether the applicant has demonstrated that the benefits to the public will outweigh the public harms that may be caused by or contributed to by the facilitys operation.
(2) Daily volume policy. Criteria will be developed to set daily volume restrictions for municipal waste facilities to reduce or eliminate public health and safety hazards and public nuisances and in compliance with applicable environmental protection and transportation safety laws.
(3) Traffic safety policy. The Department and the Department of Transportation will develop an interagency policy for review of the potential impact of commercial municipal waste vehicles upon the public health, safety and the environment, including the impact upon State highways and State bridges.
§ 5.904. Municipal waste facility impact review.
(a) The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) will review pending and future applications for municipal waste facility permits and permit modifications in accordance with the policy reforms required by this subchapter. No new municipal waste permit or application that would result in additional waste volumes or capacity will be further reviewed until the concerns of the host county and the affected host local municipalities have been addressed by the Department in accordance with applicable law. As part of this review, the Department will consult with the host county and host local municipalities affected by the permit application and review any host agreements entered into by the applicant to address the potential impact of the proposal upon the public health, safety and welfare prior to conducting any further reviews. The Department will ensure that:
(1) The maximum and average daily volumes of solid waste permitted or received at a facility do not cause or contribute to any violation of the solid waste, air quality or other environmental protection laws of the Commonwealth.
(2) The maximum and average daily volumes of solid waste permitted or received at a facility do not cause or contribute to any public nuisance from odors, noises, dust, truck traffic or other causes.
(3) The maximum or average daily volumes of solid waste permitted or received at a facility will not interfere with, or contradict, any provisions contained in any applicable county solid waste management plan.
(4) The operation of the facility will not violate the traffic safety laws of the Commonwealth or other laws administered by the Department of Transportation.
(5) Any permit issued contains all appropriate and necessary conditions to protect the public health, safety and welfare, and the environment of the Commonwealth and is issued in compliance with applicable laws.
(b) The requirements for permit application review in this subchapter do not apply to applications for additional types of waste, modification to operating conditions that do not affect capacity, to applications which provide for remediation of environmental problems or to permit renewals.
§ 5.905. Applicability.
(a) This subchapter applies to the Departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection under the jurisdiction of the Governors Office.
(b) This subchapter is intended only to improve the internal management of executive agencies and is not intended to create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by a party against the Commonwealth, its agencies, its officers, or any person.
§ 5.906. Effective date.
This subchapter is effective immediately.
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