WSR 03-23-102

DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY


[ Filed November 18, 2003, 11:27 a.m. ]


Department of Ecology

Public Notice of Intent to Develop

A General Permit for Biosolids Management



The Washington State Department of Ecology intends to develop a general permit that would allow permit holders to (1) apply biosolids to land, (2) transfer biosolids from one facility to another for treatment or disposal, and (3) deposit biosolids in a municipal solid waste landfill. This permit would be the primary regulatory mechanism for approving the final use or disposal of biosolids in Washington state.

The Department of Ecology will use the standards for biosolids management adopted by rule in chapter 173-308 WAC, along with accepted best management practices principles, to assure that conditions in the general permit protect human health and the environment from adverse affects.

A list of the communities or facilities that ask to be covered under such a general permit is available from the person identified below. The department hereby requests your comments. Should the Department of Ecology (a) make a general permit available to all public and private entities that apply, transfer, treat, or dispose of biosolids, or (b) require each entity that manages or uses biosolids to obtain an individual permit?

Please send your comments, questions, or requests for further information by January 4, 2004, to Department of Ecology, c/o Mr. Marv Vialle, Solid Waste and Financial Assistance Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600, e-mail mvia461@ecy.wa.gov.

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