§ 17896.6. Excluded Activities.
14 CA ADC § 17896.6Barclays Official California Code of Regulations
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:
(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:
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;
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));
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.
(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.
[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.]
Note: Authority cited: Sections 40502, 43020 and 43021, Public Resources Code. Reference: Sections 40053, 42652.5, 43020 and 43021, Public Resources Code; and Section 39730.6, Health and Safety Code.
1. New section filed 11-10-2015; operative 1-1-2016 (Register 2015, No. 46).
2. Amendment of subsection (a)(5) and Note filed 11-3-2020; operative 1-1-2022 pursuant to Public Resources Code section 42652.2(a)(6) (Register 2020, No. 45).
This database is current through 5/26/23 Register 2023, No. 21.
Cal. Admin. Code tit. 14, § 17896.6, 14 CA ADC § 17896.6
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