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Subchapter A. SITING HAZARDOUS WASTE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL FACILITIES


GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec.


269a.1.    Definitions.

SCOPE AND APPLICABILITY


269a.11.    Scope and applicability.
269a.12.    Phase I.
269a.13.    Phase II.
269a.14.    Distances.

PHASE I EXCLUSIONARY CRITERIA


269a.21.    Water supply.
269a.22.    Flood hazard areas.
269a.23.    Wetlands.
269a.24.    Oil and gas areas.
269a.25.    Carbonate bedrock areas.
269a.26.    National natural landmarks and historic places.
269a.27.    Dedicated lands in public trust.
269a.28.    Agricultural areas.
269a.29.    Exceptional value waters.

PHASE II CRITERIA


269a.41.    Water supply.
269a.42.    Geology.
269a.43.    Soils.
269a.44.    Mineral bearing areas.
269a.45.    Land use.
269a.46.    Transportation standards.
269a.47.    Safety services.
269a.48.    Proximity of facilities and structures.
269a.49.    Ecomonic criteria.
269a.50.    Environmental assessment considerations.

GENERAL PROVISIONS


§ 269a.1. Definitions.

 (a)  The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   Active water supply—A water supply in use prior to both the receipt of a permit application and the establishment of a public participation program for a hazardous waste management facility.

   Facility site—All contiguous land owned or under the control of an owner or operator of a hazardous waste facility and identified in a permit or permit application.

   Qualifying facility—Is one of the following:

     (i)   A new commercial hazardous waste treatment or disposal facility, which did not exist as a solid waste or recycling facility prior to December 18, 1988, that:

       (A)   Has been issued a written permit after December 18, 1988.

       (B)   Fulfills the hazardous waste treatment or disposal capacity needs identified in the Pennsylvania hazardous waste facilities plan.

       (C)   Accepts hazardous waste under the conditions of the permit.

       (D)   Did not operate under 40 CFR Part 270 Subpart G (relating to interim status), as incorporated by reference in §  270a.1 (relating to incorporation by reference, scope and applicability), prior to the issuance of the written permit.

     (ii)   An existing permitted commercial hazardous waste treatment or disposal facility which was permitted before December 18, 1988, that:

       (A)   Has been issued a written permit modification to expand the facility after December 18, 1988.

       (B)   Fulfills the hazardous waste treatment or disposal capacity needs identified in the hazardous waste facilities plan.

       (C)   Accepts a larger volume of hazardous waste than was authorized in the permit prior to modification to expand the facility.

   Wetland—An area inundated or saturated by surface water or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances does support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions, including swamps, marshes, bogs and similar areas. The term includes, but is not limited to, wetland areas listed in the State Water Plan, the United States Forest Service Wetlands Inventory of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Coastal Zone Management Plan, the United States Fish and Wildlife National Wetland Inventory and wetland areas designated by a river basin commission.

 (b)  All other words and terms not defined in this subchapter have the meanings ascribed to them in §  260a.10 (relating to definitions).

Source

   The provisions of this §  269a.1 amended September 7, 2001, effective September 8, 2001, 31 Pa.B. 5075. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (255010) to (255011).

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.101 (relating to definitions).

SCOPE AND APPLICABILITY


§ 269a.11. Scope and applicability.

 The requirements of this chapter apply to siting of hazardous waste treatment and disposal facilities. The hazardous waste treatment or disposal facility shall satisfy all other applicable requirements of this article. The criteria for siting hazardous waste treatment and disposal facilities are divided into two phases as described in § §  269a.12 and 269a.13 (relating to Phase I; and Phase II).

§ 269a.12. Phase I.

 Phase I exclusionary criteria are established in § §  269a.21—269a.29 (relating to Phase I exclusionary criteria) and prohibit the siting of a hazardous waste treatment or disposal facility in an excluded area delineated under these criteria. The Department will deny a permit application without further review if the Department determines the proposed facility is located in an excluded area. Phase I criteria apply to hazardous waste treatment or disposal facilities, except for the following:

   (1)  A facility sited and substantially constructed in good faith prior to the effective date of this chapter.

   (2)  Modifications to a facility within the existing facility site.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.11 (relating to scope and applicability).

§ 269a.13. Phase II.

 (a)  Phase II criteria are established in § §  269a.41—269a.50 (relating to Phase II criteria) and identify further environmental, social and economic factors which may affect the suitability of a location for a proposed facility. Phase II criteria apply to hazardous waste treatment or disposal facilities and modifications. If a facility site does not satisfy a Phase II criteria, the applicant shall submit additional information and analyses to allow the Department to assess what effect, if any, failure to satisfy the criterion has upon the acceptability of the facility site.

 (b)  The Department will provide notice to municipal officials and other interested persons in order to solicit further information regarding potential effects of a failure to meet Phase II criteria at the proposed facility site. The Department may undertake additional investigations and after consideration of relevant information, will determine whether the proposed design, construction and operation of the facility will successfully mitigate adverse effects which would otherwise be associated with failure to satisfy the criterion.

 (c)  After evaluating Phase II criterion individually, the Department will evaluate the facility’s overall compliance with the Phase II criteria, and will identify risks that have not been eliminated through mitigation measures. If risks to the public health or safety, or to significant natural, scenic, historic or aesthetic values remain, which, in the judgment of the Department, render the proposed facility site unacceptable for a hazardous waste treatment or disposal facility, the Department may include conditions in the permit which eliminate or reduce the identified risks or may deny the permit application.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.11 (relating to scope and applicability).

§ 269a.14. Distances.

 The distances from a facility to a feature or structure described in these criteria shall be measured from the perimeter of the facility site.

PHASE I EXCLUSIONARY CRITERIA


§ 269a.21. Water supply.

 (a)  Landfill, land treatment and surface impoundment facilities may not be sited in the following locations:

   (1)  Within 1/2 mile of a well or spring used for a community water supply.

   (2)  Within 1/2 mile of either side of a stream or impoundment for a distance of 5 stream miles upstream of a surface water intake for a community water supply.

   (3)  Within 1/2 mile of an offsite private or noncommunity public well or spring used as an active water supply, unless prior to operation of the facility the applicant demonstrates the availability of an acceptable permanent alternative supply of like quantity, yield and quality to the existing supply, and provides financial assurance that the alternate supply will be made available at no additional cost to the water supply owner for a period of time that shall be no less than the bond liability period established in section 505(a) of the SWMA (35 P. S. §  6018.505(a)). If a permit is granted, it shall include a permit condition which requires installation of the alternative water supply prior to operation of the facility.

 (b)  A permanent alternative supply may be provided through the development of a new well with a distribution system, interconnection with a public water supply, extension of a private water supply or similar proposals, but it may not include provision of bottled water or a water tank supplied by a bulk water hauling system.

   (1)  The applicant shall demonstrate good faith efforts to reach agreement with the water supply owner regarding the provision of an acceptable permanent alternative water supply.

   (2)  If the applicant is unable, despite good faith efforts, to reach agreement with the water supply owner, the applicant shall demonstrate to the Department that an acceptable permanent alternative water supply is available, has been offered and will be provided to the water supply owner.

   (3)  The Department will determine that an alternative permanent water supply is acceptable if the quality and quantity satisfy requirements for public water supplies under the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act (35 P. S. § §  721.1—721.17) and Chapter 109 (relating to safe drinking water). The Department may require the alternative water supply to provide higher quality, quantity or yield of water than that required to be delivered by public water systems if the water supply owner demonstrates that the higher quality, quantity or yield is necessary to continue a preexisting use of substantial economic value.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.12 (relating to phase I).

§ 269a.22. Flood hazard areas.

 (a)  Surface impoundment, landfill and land treatment facilities may not be sited in the 100-year floodplain or a larger area that the flood of record has inundated.

 (b)  Treatment and incineration facilities may not be sited in the 100-year floodplain or a larger area that the flood of record has inundated unless the industrial use on the proposed site was in existence as of October 4, 1978, which is the effective date of the Flood Plain Management Act (32 P. S. § §  679.101—679.601).

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.12 (relating to phase I).

§ 269a.23. Wetlands.

 Treatment and disposal facilities may not be sited in wetland areas.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.12 (relating to phase I).

§ 269a.24. Oil and gas areas.

 Surface impoundments, landfill and land treatment facilities may not be sited over active or inactive oil and gas wells or gas storage areas located within or beneath the facility site. The term ‘‘active or inactive oil and gas wells or gas storage areas’’ has the same meaning as in the Oil and Gas Act (58 P. S. § §  601.101—601.605).

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.12 (relating to phase I).

§ 269a.25. Carbonate bedrock areas.

 Surface impoundments, landfill and land treatment facilities may not be sited over limestone or carbonate formations, where the formations are greater than 5 feet in thickness and present at the topmost geologic unit. Areas mapped by the Pennsylvania Geologic Survey as underlain by formations shall be excluded unless competent geologic studies demonstrate the absence of formations under the facility site.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.12 (relating to phase I).

§ 269a.26. National natural landmarks and historic places.

 Treatment and disposal facilities may not be sited within National Natural Landmarks designated by the National Park Service or historic sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, unless the statute under which the designation or listing has been made authorizes the operation of the facilities in these areas.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.12 (relating to phase I).

§ 269a.27. Dedicated lands in public trust.

 Treatment and disposal facilities may not be sited on lands in public trust, including State, county or municipal parks, units of the National Parks System, State forests, the Allegheny National Forest, State game lands, property owned by the Historical and Museum Commission, a National wildlife refuge, National fish hatchery or National environmental center unless the agency administering the lands has been given authority by statute or ordinance to allow the operation of the facilities on these lands.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.12 (relating to phase I).

§ 269a.28. Agricultural areas.

 Treatment and disposal facilities may not be sited in agricultural areas established under the Agricultural Area Security Law (3 P. S. § §  901—915) or in farmlands identified as Class I agricultural land by the Soil Conservation Service.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.12 (relating to phase I).

§ 269a.29. Exceptional value waters.

 Treatment and disposal facilities may not be sited in watersheds of exceptional value waters.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.12 (relating to phase I).

PHASE II CRITERIA


§ 269a.41. Water supply.

 (a)  The applicant shall determine whether a proposed surface impoundment, landfill or land treatment facility is within the groundwater recharge area for public or private water supplies. The applicant shall delineate the position of the proposed facility site within relevant groundwater flow systems. The applicant shall identify all public and private water supplies and water treatment plants which may potentially be adversely affected by groundwater flow associated with the proposed hazardous waste facility, such as the water supplies located down-gradient in the flow path from the facility.

 (b)  For water supplies or water treatment plants which may be affected by the proposed facility, the applicant shall submit a detailed hydrogeologic study including information addressing the following:

   (1)  Hydraulic conductivity of the aquifer for the water supplies.

   (2)  Hydraulic conductivity of the geologic deposits underlying the proposed facility.

   (3)  Assessment of the influence of faults, fractures or other structural geologic features upon hydraulic conductivity and groundwater flow directions.

   (4)  Pumping rates of water supply wells and the areal extent and configuration of the cone of pumping depression associated with these wells in relation to the groundwater table of the surrounding areas.

 (c)  For water supplies or water treatment plants which the hydrogeologic study required in subsection (b) indicate, may be adversely affected by the proposed facility, the applicant shall demonstrate:

   (1)  The hydrogeologic characteristics of the proposed facility site and adjacent areas assure that implementation of a groundwater monitoring well program will provide protection of water supplies or water treatment plants from potential contamination.

   (2)  The feasibility of providing a permanent alternative water supply acceptable to the water supply owner of like quantity and quality to the existing supply at no additional cost to the owner.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.13 (relating to phase II).

§ 269a.42. Geology.

 (a)  Faults. Landfill, land treatment and surface impoundment facilities are deemed to be acceptable if located 1 mile or more from a major structural feature. A major structural feature is a fault mapped by the Pennsylvania Geologic Survey or the United States Geological Survey at a scale of 4 miles to the inch. If the proposed facility is within 1 mile of a major structural feature, the applicant shall provide information and analysis to allow the Department to assess the compatibility of the proposed facility design with the faults in the area.

 (b)  Bedrock depth. For surface impoundment, landfill and land treatment facilities, a depth to bedrock of 15 feet or more shall be considered acceptable. Where the construction of the proposed facility required excavation, the final depth to bedrock shall be considered. The applicant shall address lesser bedrock depths by providing information and analysis to allow the Department to assess the compatibility of the design and construction of the proposed facility with the bedrock depth.

 (c)  Slopes. Slopes less than 15% for surface impoundment, landfill and land treatment facilities shall be considered acceptable. The applicant shall address greater slopes by submitting information and analysis to allow the Department to assess the compatibility of the design and construction measures for the proposed facility that would minimize adverse effects.

 (d)  Landslide prone areas. If a facility site is in a landslide prone area or is adjacent to a landslide prone area, the applicant shall submit information and analyses to allow the Department to assess whether the design measures provide adequate protection from potential landslides.

 (e)  Oil and gas wells. Surface impoundment, landfill and land treatment facilities shall be considered acceptable if the applicant can establish that abandoned oil and gas wells and gas storage areas do not exist within the proposed facility site. The term ‘‘abandoned oil and gas wells and gas storage areas’’ has the same meaning as in the Oil and Gas Act (58 P. S. § §  601.101—601.605). If abandoned facilities exist, the applicant shall provide information and analysis to allow the Department to assess the probability and degree of subsurface discharges to be expected from the existence of abandoned oil and gas wells and gas storage areas within the facility site after wells are plugged.

 (f)  Carbonate areas. Where surface impoundment, landfill or land treatment and disposal facilities are proposed over areas underlain by carbonate bedrock, the applicant shall provide information and analysis to allow the Department to assess the prevalence of solution channels and the potential for sinkholes at the facility site.

 (g)  Hydrogeology. A surface impoundment, landfill or land treatment facility may not be located in an area underlain by coarse unconsolidated deposits, such as well sorted valley fill deposits and heavily fractured bedrock. If any other facility is to be located in an area underlain by coarse unconsolidated deposits the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to further assess the facility site to determine the environmental impact of these subsurface conditions.

 (h)  Seismic risk zones. If a proposed treatment or disposal facility is within a 5-mile radius of earthquake epicenters as mapped by the Pennsylvania Geologic Survey or the United States Geological Survey, the applicant shall specify design measures necessary to withstand potential seismic events, and the Department will determine whether the proposed design measures provide adequate protection from potential earthquake damage.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.13 (relating to Phase II).

§ 269a.43. Soils.

 (a)  pH. Land farming facilities located so the soil pH within the proposed facility is 6.0 or greater shall be deemed to be acceptable. If the proposed facility cannot meet the soil pH requirements of this subsection, the applicant shall provide information and analysis to allow the Department to assess the ability of the proposed facility to mitigate adverse environmental effects resulting from incompatible soil pH.

 (b)  Cation exchange capacity. Surface impoundment, landfill and land treatment facilities located so that the capacity of the soil to exchange cations expressed as a sum for all exchangeable cations is 15 milliequivalents per 100 grams of soil or greater shall be deemed to be acceptable. If the cation exchange capacity is less than 15, the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess the soil cation exchange capacity in relation to the potential for migration of contaminants from the proposed facility.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.13 (relating to Phase II).

§ 269a.44. Mineral bearing areas.

 (a)  Ownership of mineral rights.

   (1)  Surface impoundment, landfill and land treatment facilities shall be deemed to be acceptable if the applicant owns the mineral rights within the proposed facility and the area has not been previously mined.

   (2)  If the applicant does not own all the mineral rights within the proposed facility, the applicant shall determine the ownership of mineral rights conveyed with the property deed to the proposed facility. The applicant shall provide a certification based on a property title search, that ownership of all mineral rights, including coal, oil and gas is or will be held by the applicant and that these rights will not be severed from the property as long as hazardous waste remains on the property.

 (b)  Surface subsidence risk. If any part of a proposed facility site has been previously mined by deep or surface mining methods, the applicant shall provide the results of an engineering study of the proposed site by a competent geotechnical engineer. The study shall allow the Department to assess the probability and degree of surface subsidence and the methods which have been used or are proposed to stabilize the surface. Additionally, the applicant shall provide assurance that minerals providing support will not be mined as long as hazardous waste remains onsite.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.13 (relating to Phase II).

§ 269a.45. Land use.

 (a)  New facilities. Treatment and disposal facilities located on lands either designated for industrial use by existing municipal zoning or indicated as industrial in officially adopted county or municipal comprehensive plans or land use maps are deemed to be acceptable. If this standard cannot be met, the applicant shall provide information and analysis to allow the Department to assess the compatibility of the design of the proposed facility with zoning or land use controls. Where no zoning exists, the applicant shall provide information and analysis to allow the Department to assess compatability with existing land use.

 (b)  Existing facilities. Treatment and disposal facilities located on sites where solid waste or hazardous waste operations—treatment, storage, recovery and disposal—or both, are currently being conducted under authority of the act are deemed to comply with the land use criterion.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.13 (relating to Phase II); and 25 Pa. Code §  269a.154 (relating to local health, safety, economic impact and planning).

§ 269a.46. Transportation standards.

 (a)  Access. Treatment and disposal facilities within 5 miles travel distance of interstate or limited access highways and served by roads capable of handling anticipated truck traffic or served by a dedicated limit access highway shall be deemed to be acceptable. If this standard cannot be met, the applicant shall provide information and analysis to allow the Department to assess the proximity of the proposed facility to interstate highways, the effect upon the operation of the proposed facility and the effect of the proposed facility upon the community in the transportation corridor to and from the facility. The applicant shall provide a plan for highway improvements, if necessary.

 (b)  Structures along transportation corridor. Treatment and disposal facility sites where the transportation corridor between the entrance to a facility and the nearest interstate or limited access highway is the primary access for less than five residential dwellings per road mile with no schools, community parks or hospitals, are deemed to be acceptable. If these criteria are not met, the applicant shall provide information and analysis to allow the Department to assess the effect the proposed facility will have upon safety and traffic congestion.

 (c)  Transportation restrictions. Treatment and disposal facility sites are deemed to be acceptable if there are less than four intersections per mile between the entrance to the facility and the nearest interstate or limited access highway. If there are four or more intersections per mile, the applicant shall provide information and analysis to allow the Department to assess the effect the proposed facility will have upon safety and traffic congestion.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.13 (relating to Phase II); and 25 Pa. Code §  269a.153 (relating to impact on adjacent populated areas).

§ 269a.47. Safety services.

 Treatment and disposal facilities are deemed to be acceptable if located within an area with adequate safety services. The applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess the adequacy of fire protection, police, ambulance and other necessary safety services available and willing to provide services to the proposed facility. In all cases, the applicant shall also comply with 40 CFR Part 264, Subparts C and D (relating to preparedness and prevention; contingency plan and emergency procedures) and Chapter 264a, Subchapter D (relating to contingency plan and emergency procedures).

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.13 (relating to Phase II); and 25 Pa. Code §  269a.154 (relating to local health, safety, economic impact and planning).

§ 269a.48. Proximity of facilities and structures.

 Treatment and disposal facility sites are deemed to be acceptable if the distance from the facility to an airport, school, community park, hospital, church, retail center or nursing home, is greater than 1 mile. If this criterion cannot be met, the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess the effect the proposed facility will have on the use of these facilities.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.13 (relating to Phase II); and 25 Pa. Code §  269a.153 (relating to impact on adjacent populated areas).

§ 269a.49. Economic criteria.

 (a)  A treatment or disposal facility which does not adversely affect the economy of the host and contiguous municipalities and municipalities contiguous to the transportation corridor to the nearest interstate or limited access highway is deemed to be acceptable without further assessment. If the facility will result in a net loss of revenues to local jurisdictions, the applicant shall provide information and analysis to allow the Department to assess compensation needed to offset actual net loss of revenues to local jurisdictions caused by the proposed facility.

 (b)  If a treatment or disposal facility will result in a net increase in the cost of services provided by local government, the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess compensation needed to offset net increases in cost of services.

 (c)  If a treatment or disposal facility will adversely affect the local economy, the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess employment and future economic development generated as a result of the location of the facility which may offset a decrease in the local economy.

 (d)  If a treatment or disposal facility will result in a net increase in cost for monitoring the facility by local government, the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess the need for compensation for technical assistance which may offset these costs. The applicant shall assess provisions for site access by local government.

 (e)  The applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess a change in market value of property within the local government caused by operation of the treatment or disposal facility and means by which operation of the proposed facility may offset the change.

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.13 (relating to Phase II); and 25 Pa. Code §  269a.154 (relating to local health, safety, economic impact and planning).

§ 269a.50. Environmental assessment considerations.

 (a)  The purpose of the criteria in this section is to assist the Department in evaluating the potential impact of a proposed treatment or disposal facility on natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment under PA. CONST. ART. I, §  27. The Department will determine whether significant environmental harm will occur after reviewing the applicant’s environmental assessment report submitted in compliance with this chapter and after consulting with the applicant and relevant governmental agencies.

 (b)  If the Department determines that there is a significant impact on natural, scenic, historic or aesthetic values of the environment, the Department will consult with the applicant to examine ways to reduce the environmental incursion to a minimum. If, after consideration of mitigation measures, the Department finds that significant environmental harm will occur, the Department will evaluate the social and economic benefits of the proposed facility to determine whether the harm outweighs the benefits. The evaluation of environmental harm must include, at a minimum, a consideration of the impact of the proposed facility on the 15 types of environmental resources described in this subsection. There may be additional potentially affected natural, scenic, historic or aesthetic values which the Department is constitutionally obligated to protect that will be considered for proposed facilities in some locations. In those instances, the Department will identify additional potential impacts for the applicant. The following criteria may not be construed as an attempt to limit or restrict the responsibilities of a Commonwealth agency under PA. CONST. ART. I, §  27.

   (1)  If the proposed facility is located within 1 mile of the corridor of a stream or river designated as a National or State wild, scenic, recreational, pastoral or modified recreation river under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 (16 U.S.C.A. § §  1271—1287), or the Pennsylvania Scenic Rivers Act (32 P. S. § §  820.21—820.29) the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to determine whether the proposed facility conforms to the designating statutes, land management guidelines and studies or plans for the corridor.

   (2)  If the proposed facility is located within 1 mile of the nearest bank of a stream or river listed as a 1-A priority for study by the Department as a State wild, scenic, recreational, pastoral or modified recreational river; or mandated by the United States Congress for study or determined by the United States Park Service to meet the criteria for study for potential inclusion into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess the extent to which the proposed facility may create adverse environmental, visual or traffic impacts on the river or stream.

   (3)  If the proposed facility is located within 1 mile of a unit of the National Parks System; a State, county or municipal park; a recreational facility operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers; a State forest picnic area; or the Allegheny River Reservoir in the Allegheny National Forest; the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess the extent to which the proposed facility may create adverse environmental, visual or traffic impacts on the park or other recreation areas listed in this subsection.

   (4)  If the facility is located within 1 mile of the footpath of the Appalachian Trail or other State designated trail, the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess the extent to which the proposed facility may create adverse environmental, visual or traffic impacts on the Appalachian Trail or other State designated trail.

   (5)  If the facility is located within 1 mile of a National Natural Landmark designated by the United States National Park Service, or a natural area or wild area designated by a State or Federal agency, the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess the extent to which the proposed facility may create adverse environmental, visual or traffic impacts on the National Landmark, natural area or wild area.

   (6)  If the facility is located within 1 mile of or within an identified potential impact area of a National wildlife refuge, National fish hatchery or National environment center operated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess the extent to which the proposed facility may create adverse environmental, visual or traffic impacts on the wildlife reserve, fish hatchery or environmental center.

   (7)  If the facility is located within 1 mile of a historic property owned by the Historical and Museum Commission, the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess the extent to which the proposed facility may create adverse environmental, visual or traffic impacts on the historic property.

   (8)  If the facility is located within 1 mile of a historic site listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess the extent to which the proposed facility may create adverse impacts on historic sites.

   (9)  If the facility is located within 1/4 mile of a historic site listed in the Pennsylvania Inventory of Historic Places or an archaeological site listed in the Pennsylvania Archaeological Site Survey, the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess the extent to which the proposed facility may create adverse impacts on the historical or archaeological site.

   (10)  If the facility is located within 1 mile of the boundary of a State forest or State game land or the proclamation boundary of the Allegheny National Forest, the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess the extent to which the proposed facility may create adverse impacts on the forest, game and or resources.

   (11)  If the facility is located within an area which is a habitat of a rare, threatened or endangered species of plant or animal protected by the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (7 U.S.C.A. §  136 and 16 U.S.C.A. § §  460r-1, 460l-9, 668 dd, 715i, 715s, 1362, 1371, 1372, 1402 and 1531—1543), the Wild Resource Conservation Act (32 P. S. § §  5301—5314), or recognized by the Fish and Boat Commission or Game Commission; the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess the extent to which the proposed facility may create adverse effects on the species or habitate and mitigation measures the applicant has proposed to deal with adverse impacts.

   (12)  If the facility will result in an increase in the peak discharge rate of stormwater drainage from the project site, the applicant shall demonstrate that the proposed facility is in conformance with the official stormwater management plan required by the Storm Water Management Act (32 P. S. § §  680.1—680.17), and the proposed facility will manage the runoff in a manner that otherwise adequately protects health and property from injury.

   (13)  If a facility is proposed to be located in a watershed for which a formal written request for designation as exceptional value waters has been received by the Department or the EQB, the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess the impact of the proposed facility on the pending designation.

   (14)  If the facility generates a wastewater discharge which could degrade waters designated as high quality waters under Chapter 93 (relating to water quality standards) or waters for which a formal written request for designation as high quality waters has been received by the Department or the EQB, the applicant shall demonstrate:

     (i)   The discharges are justified as a result of necessary economic or social development which is of significant public value.

     (ii)   The discharges, alone or in combination with other anticipated discharges of pollutants to the waters, will not preclude a use presently possible in the waters and downstream from the waters, and will not result in a violation of the numerical water quality criteria specified in §  93.9 (relating to designated water uses and water quality criteria) which are applicable to the receiving waters.

   (15)  If a proposed facility is to be located on prime or unique agricultural land as defined by the Soil Conservation Service, lands currently in agricultural use, or lands of Statewide importance as designated by the Soil Conservation Service, the applicant shall provide information and analyses to allow the Department to assess the proposed facility’s consistency with Commonwealth policy, such as Executive Order 1982-3 regarding agricultural lands at 4 Pa. Code Chapter 7, Subchapter W (relating to agricultural land preservation policy).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  269a.50 amended under sections 105, 402 and 501 of the Solid Waste Management Act (35 P. S. § §  6018.105, 6018.402 and 6018.501); sections 303 and 305(e)(2) of the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (35 P. S. § §  6020.303 and 6020.305(e)(2)); section 5, 402 and 501 of The Clean Streams Law (35 P. S. § §  691.5, 691.402 and 691.501); and section 1920-A of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. § §  510-20).

Source

   The provisions of this §  269a.50 amended January 9, 2009, effective January 10, 2009, 39 Pa.B. 501. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (255020) to (255023).

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  269a.13 (relating to Phase II).



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