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RCRA Online Number:14204
Organization of Recipient:Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Description: No Congressional mandate exists for EPA to establish landfill standards that represent state-of-the-art technology. New landfills and lateral expansions of existing landfills must meet a performance standard based on releases to groundwater or be constructed with a liner and leachate collection system. Existing landfills may be lined or unlined (i.e., they are not required to retrofit liner systems). All landfill units must monitor releases, take corrective action in the event of a release, and meet post-closure care requirements. EPA requires financial assurance for all landfills by April 1997. The deadline may be extended for one year if the owner or operator has insufficient time to comply. Composting is a form of recycling. The solid waste management hierarchy considers source reduction to be the preferred solid waste management option, followed by recycling (including composting), combustion (with energy recovery), and landfilling. EPA has two on-going studies on resource recovery. An ORD study to develop a life-cycle inventory database and decision-support tool for solid waste managers and a study to develop a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for municipal solid waste.
Regulatory Citation(s) : 258.1 EXIT disclaimer
Statutory Citation(s):NA Read US Code 42, Chapter 82 EXIT disclaimer
Topic(s):Landfills; Municipal Solid Waste; Combustion of Hazardous Waste; Composting; Incineration; Landfills; Recycling
Approximate Number of Hardcopy Pages:4
EPA Publication Number:NA
RPPC Number (if applicable): NA
Official OSW Policy:Yes


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