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§ 17896.6. Excluded Activities.

14 CA ADC § 17896.6BARCLAYS OFFICIAL CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS

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Title 14. Natural Resources
Division 7. Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
Chapter 3.2. in-Vessel Digestion Operations and Facilities Regulatory Requirements
Article 1. in-Vessel Digestion Operations and Facilities Regulatory Requirements
14 CCR § 17896.6
§ 17896.6. Excluded Activities.
(a) The activities listed in this section are not subject to the in-vessel digestion requirements set forth in this Chapter. Nothing in this section precludes the EA or the Department from inspecting an excluded activity to verify that the activity is being conducted in a manner that qualifies as an excluded activity or from taking any appropriate enforcement action.
(1) A Publicly Owned Treatment Works Treatment Plant (POTW Treatment Plant), as defined in section 403.3(r) of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, that receives vehicle-transported solid waste that is an anaerobically digestible material for the purpose of anaerobic co-digestion with POTW Treatment Plant wastewater, is excluded under the following conditions:
(A) Anaerobically digestible materials must be trucked or hauled into a POTW Treatment Plant. Once on-site, the anaerobically digestible material must be pumped or off-loaded directly into a covered, leak-proof container and then pumped, or diluted or slurried and then pumped, and co-digested in an anaerobic digester(s) at the POTW Treatment Plant. The pumped material may be screened, otherwise separated or treated prior to anaerobic digestion, but must be processed and conveyed in a contained system. Any separated material at the POTW that is not suitable for anaerobic digestion and has no beneficial use shall be further managed as a solid waste.
(B) The POTW Treatment Plant has developed Standard Operating Procedures for the acceptance of anaerobically digestible material, the POTW Treatment Plant has notified the Regional Water Quality Control Board that those Standard Operating Procedures are being implemented, and a Standard Provision (permit condition) that reflects the acceptance of anaerobically digestible material:
1. has been incorporated into the POTW Treatment Plant's Waste Discharge Requirements or National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit; or
2. will be incorporated into the POTW Treatment Plant's Waste Discharge Requirements or National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit no later than the next permit renewal.
(C) For the purpose of this exclusion, “anaerobically digestible material” means: inedible kitchen grease as defined in section 19216 of the Food and Agricultural Code, food material as defined in Title 14, CCR, section 17896.2(a)(12) and vegetative food material as defined in Title 14, CCR, section 17896.2(a)(12)(A).
(D) For the purpose of this exclusion, the Department, in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, will on a case-by-case basis, review and consider approval of additional types of organic materials as potential “anaerobically digestible material” beyond those specified in section 17896.6(a)(1)(C) in accordance with the following:
1. Receipt of a written request to the Department from the General Manager or designee of a POTW Treatment Plant.
a. The written request must contain the following information:
i. The purpose of the request.
ii. Identification of the POTW Treatment Plant proposing to anaerobically co-digest the organic waste material with the POTW wastewater.
iii. Types of organic material requested for classification as an anaerobically digestible material.
iv. The source(s) of the waste material.
v. A description of how the waste material will be handled, processed, stored and transported (before and after receipt at the POTW Treatment Plant).
vi. A map identifying all proposed physical changes proposed at the POTW Treatment Plant to accommodate the new waste materials.
vii. Available laboratory test results, engineering reports, research or study to support the request.
viii. Data and/or reports if this waste material has been used without incident at a different POTW Treatment Plant.
ix. The name, addresses and phone numbers for the General Manager and designee of the POTW Treatment Plant.
b. Upon receipt of the written request, the Department will communicate and coordinate the request with and between the State Water Resources Control Board and the California Department of Food and Agriculture and will complete the following actions:
i. Within 10 days of receipt, send written confirmation to the General Manager and designee of the POTW Treatment Plant indicating receipt of the letter and distribute the letter to appropriate Department staff, as well as to the State Water Resources Control Board and California Department of Food and Agriculture staff contacts for review;
ii. Within 15 days of receipt, schedule a meeting with State Water Resources Control Board and California Department of Food and Agriculture staff contacts;
iii. Prior to the meeting, Department staff will review the letter and identify questions and/or issues with the request and make a list of recommendations;
iv. Within 40 days of receipt, conduct a meeting on the request. If an agency representative does not attend the meeting, comments will be accepted by the Department up to close of business on the 45th day after receipt;
v. Within 60 days of receipt, the Department will provide a written decision to the General Manager and designee of the POTW Treatment Plant stating one of the following:
I. The waste type has or has not been determined to be an anaerobically digestible material excluded from both the In-Vessel Digestion Operations and Facilities Regulatory Requirements (pursuant to section 17896.6(a)(1)(C) and the Transfer/Processing Operations and Facility Regulatory Requirements (pursuant to section 17403.1(a)(8));
II. The agencies, based on the information provided, were unable to reach a determination and additional information is required before a determination can be made; or
III. The agencies have determined that additional research or study will need to be conducted and the results analyzed prior to a determination made by the agencies.
IV. If additional information, research or study is necessary, the Department will consult with the General Manager or designee of the POTW, the State Water Resources Control Board and California Department of Food and Agriculture contacts, for the purpose of developing a timeline for either reviewing the additional information or for reviewing a proposed scope of work and timeline for additional research or study.
2. For the purpose of this exclusion, if an organic waste material is determined by the Department to be an anaerobically digestible material for the purpose of co-digestion with the POTW wastewater, the POTW Treatment Plant must comply with section 17896.6(a)(1)(A) prior to receipt of the material at the POTW Treatment Plant.
(2) In-vessel digestion of agricultural material derived from an agricultural site and the digestate or compost produced from digestate is returned to that same agricultural site, or an agricultural site owned or leased by the owner, parent, or subsidiary of the agricultural site on which the in-vessel digester is located. No more than an incidental amount of up to 1,000 cubic yards of compost produced from digestate may be given away or sold annually. Digestate that is not composted may not be given away or sold.
(3) In-vessel digestion at a dairy involving the co-digestion of manure with agricultural material derived on-site, imported agricultural material, and/or imported vegetative food material in accordance with Waste Discharge Requirements issued by a Regional Water Quality Control Board.
(A) Any imported materials delivered to the dairy must be pumped or off-loaded directly into a covered, leak-proof container and then pumped, or diluted or slurried and then pumped, and co-digested in an in-vessel digester at a dairy. The pumped material may be screened, otherwise separated or treated prior to in-vessel digestion, but must be processed and conveyed in a contained system. Any separated material at the dairy that is not suitable for in-vessel digestion and has no beneficial use shall be further managed as a solid waste.
(B) No more than an incidental amount of up to 1,000 cubic yards of compost produced from digestate may be given away or sold annually. Digestate that is not composted may not be given away or sold.
(4) In-vessel digestion activities with less than a total of 100 cubic yards of solid waste, feedstock, and digestate on-site are excluded.
[NOTE: Persons handling solid waste under the above exclusion are obligated to obtain all permits, licenses, or other clearances that may be required by other regulatory agencies including, but not limited to local health entities and local land use authorities.]
(5) Rendering activities, authorized by the California Department of Food and Agriculture pursuant to section 19300 of the Food and Agricultural Code, in which no solid waste feedstock bypasses the rendering process.
(6) Other discrete handling activities that are already subject to more stringent handling requirements under Federal or State law, as determined by the EA in consultation with the Department, are excluded.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 40502, 43020 and 43021, Public Resources Code. Reference: Sections 40053, 43020 and 43021, Public Resources Code.
HISTORY
1. New section filed 11-10-2015; operative 1-1-2016 (Register 2015, No. 46).
This database is current through 10/11/19 Register 2019, No. 41
14 CCR § 17896.6, 14 CA ADC § 17896.6
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