§ 271.101. Permit requirement.
(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), a person or municipality may not own or operate a municipal waste disposal or processing facility unless the person or municipality has first applied for and obtained a permit for the facility from the Department under the requirements of this article.
(b) A person or municipality is not required to obtain a permit:
(1) For the use or application of agricultural waste in normal farming operations, unless the proposed use or application of the waste may cause pollution to air, water or other natural resources of this Commonwealth.
(2) For a source separation and collection program for recycling municipal waste, or for dropoff points, or collection or processing centers for source separated recyclable materials.
(3) For the use as clean fill of the following materials if they are separate from other waste:
(i) Uncontaminated soil, rock, stone, gravel, unused brick and block and concrete.
(ii) Waste from land clearing, grubbing and excavation, including trees, brush, stumps and vegetative material.
(4) For the use of waste from land clearing, grubbing and excavation, including trees, brush, stumps and vegetative material if the waste is not hazardous. A person managing waste from land clearing, grubbing and excavation, including trees, brush, stumps and vegetative material, shall implement best management practices. The Department will prepare a manual for the management of waste from land clearing, grubbing and excavation, including trees, brush, stumps and vegetative material which identifies best management practices and may approve additional best management practices on a case-by-case basis. If a person fails to implement best management practices for managing waste from land clearing, grubbing and excavation, including trees, brush, stumps and vegetative material, the Department may require compliance with the disposal, composting, processing and storage operating requirements of this chapter and Chapters 281, 283 and 285 (relating to composting facilities; resource recovery and other processing facilities; and storage, collection and transportation of municipal waste).
(c) Subsection (b) does not relieve a person or municipality of the requirements of an applicable environmental protection act or an applicable regulation promulgated under it. Notwithstanding subsection (b), the Department may require a person or municipality to apply for, and obtain, an individual or general solid waste permit, or take other appropriate action, when the person or municipality is conducting a solid waste activity that harms or presents a threat of harm to the health, safety or welfare of the people or the environment of this Commonwealth.
The provisions of this § 271.101 adopted April 8, 1988, effective April 9, 1988, 18 Pa.B. 1681; amended August 7, 1992, effective August 8, 1992, 22 Pa.B. 4185; amended October 9, 1992, effective October 10, 1992, 22 Pa.B. 5105; amended January 24, 1997, effective January 25, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 521; amended December 22, 2000, effective December 23, 2000, 30 Pa.B. 6685; amended November 7, 2014, effective November 8, 2014, 44 Pa.B. 7021. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (272784) and (313771) to (313772).
Notes of Decisions
Transfer of solid waste from one collection vehicle into a transfer trailer does not constitute an activity requiring an additional permit for handling of solid waste. Department of Environmental Resources v. OHara Sanitation Co., 562 A.2d 973 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1989).
This section cited in 25 Pa. Code § 271.121 (relating to application contents); 25 Pa. Code § 271.812 (relating to nature of a general permit); and 25 Pa. Code § 284.102 (relating to nature of a general permit; substitution for individual applications and permits).
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