6 CRR-NY 373-3.23NY-CRR

OFFICIAL COMPILATION OF CODES, RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
TITLE 6. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
CHAPTER IV. QUALITY SERVICES
SUBCHAPTER B. SOLID WASTES
PART 373. HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITIES
SUBPART 373-3. INTERIM STATUS STANDARDS REGULATIONS FOR OWNERS AND OPERATORS OF HAZARDOUS WASTE TREATMENT, STORAGE AND DISPOSAL FACILITIES
6 CRR-NY 373-3.23
6 CRR-NY 373-3.23
373-3.23 Drip pads.
(a) Applicability.
(1)
(i) Except as provided in subparagraph (1)(ii) of this subdivision, the requirements of this section apply to owners and operators of facilities that use new or existing drip pads to convey treated wood drippage, precipitation, and/or surface water run-off to an associated collection system. Existing drip pads are those constructed before December 6, 1990 and those for which the owner or operator has a design and has entered into binding financial or other agreements for construction prior to December 6, 1990. All other drip pads are new drip pads. The requirement at subparagraph (d)(2)(iii) of this section to install a leak collection system applies only to those drip pads that are constructed after December 24, 1992 for which the owner or operator has a design and has entered into binding financial or other agreements for construction prior to December 24, 1992.
(ii) For F034 and F035 wastes as defined in paragraph 371.4(b)(1) of this Title, subparagraph (i) of this paragraph applies, except that the referenced dates are revised to January 17, 1995.
(2) The owner or operator of any drip pad that is inside or under a structure that provides protection from precipitation so that neither run-off nor run-on is generated is not subject to regulation under paragraphs (d)(5) or (6) of this section, as appropriate.
(3) The requirements of this section are not applicable to the management of infrequent and incidental drippage in storage yards, provided that:
(1) the owner or operator maintains and complies with a written contingency plan that describes how the owner or operator will respond immediately to the discharge of such infrequent and incidental drippage. At a minimum, the contingency plan must describe how the facility will do the following:
(a) clean up the drippage;
(b) document the cleanup of the drippage;
(c) retain documents regarding cleanup for three years; and
(d) manage the contaminated media in a manner consistent with State and Federal regulations.
(b) Assessment of existing drip pad integrity.
(1) For each existing drip pad as defined in subdivision (a) of this section, the owner or operator must evaluate the drip pad and determine that it meets all of the requirements of this section, except the requirements for liners and leak detection systems of paragraph (d)(2) of this section. No later than the effective date of these regulations, the owner or operator must obtain and keep on file at the facility a written assessment of the drip pad, reviewed and certified by an independent, qualified professional engineer registered in New York State that attests to the results of the evaluation. The assessment must be reviewed, updated and re-certified annually until all upgrades, repairs, or modifications necessary to achieve compliance with all of the standards of subdivision (d) of this section are complete. The evaluation must document the extent to which the drip pad meets each of the design and operating standards of subdivision (d) of this section, except the standards for liners and leak detection systems, specified in paragraph (d)(2) of this section.
(2) The owner or operator must develop a written plan for upgrading, repairing, and modifying the drip pad to meet the requirements of paragraph (d)(2) of this section, and submit the plan to the commissioner no later than two years before the date that all repairs, upgrades, and modifications are complete. This written plan must describe all changes to be made to the drip pad in sufficient detail to document compliance with all the requirements of subdivision (d) of this section. The plan must be reviewed and certified by an independent qualified professional engineer registered in New York State.
(3) Upon completion of all repairs and modifications, the owner or operator must submit to the commissioner the as-built drawings for the drip pad, together with a certification by an independent, qualified professional engineer registered in New York State attesting that the drip pad conforms to the drawings.
(4) If the drip pad is found to be leaking or unfit for use, the owner or operator must comply with the provisions of paragraph (d)(13) of this section or close the drip pad in accordance with subdivision (f) of this section.
(c) Design and installation of new drip pads.
Owners and operators of new drip pads must ensure that the pads are designed, installed, and operated in accordance with one of the following:
(1) all of the applicable requirements of subdivisions (d) (except subparagraph [d][1][iv]), (e) and (f) of this section; or
(2) all of the applicable requirements of subdivision (d) (except paragraph [d][2]), (e) and (f) of this section.
(d) Design and operating requirements.
(1) Drip pads must:
(i) be constructed of non-earthen materials, excluding wood and non-structurally supported asphalt;
(ii) be sloped to free-drain treated wood drippage, rain and other waters, or solutions of drippage and water or other wastes to the associated collection system;
(iii) have a curb or berm around the perimeter;
(iv)
(a) have a hydraulic conductivity of less than or equal to 1 × 10-7 centimeters per second, e.g., existing concrete drip pads must be sealed, coated, or covered with a surface material with a hydraulic conductivity of less than or equal to 1 × 10-7 centimeters per second such that the entire surface where drippage occurs or may run across is capable of containing such drippage and mixtures of drippage and precipitation, materials, or other wastes while being routed to an associated collection system. This surface material must be maintained free of cracks and gaps that could adversely affect its hydraulic conductivity, and the material must be chemically compatible with the preservatives that contact the drip pad. The requirements of this provision apply only to existing drip pads and those drip pads for which the owner or operator elects to comply with paragraph (c)(2) instead of paragraph (c)(1) of this section;
(b) the owner or operator must obtain and keep on file at the facility a written assessment of the drip pad, reviewed and certified by an independent, qualified professional engineer registered in New York State that attests to the results of the evaluation. The assessment must be reviewed, updated and recertified annually. The evaluation must document the extent to which the drip pad meets the design and operating standards of this subdivision, except for paragraph (2) of this subdivision.
(v) be of sufficient structural strength and thickness to prevent failure due to physical contact, climatic conditions, the stress of installation, and the stress of daily operations, e.g., variable and moving loads such as vehicle traffic, movement of wood, etc.
Note:
DEC will generally consider applicable standards established by professional organizations generally recognized by industry such as the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) in judging the structural integrity requirement of this subparagraph.
(2) If an owner/operator elects to comply with paragraph (c)(1) instead of paragraph (c)(2) of this section, the drip pad must have:
(i) a synthetic liner installed below the drip pad that is designed, constructed, and installed to prevent leakage from the drip pad into the adjacent subsurface soil or groundwater or surface water at any time during the active life (including the closure period) of the drip pad. The liner must be constructed of materials that will prevent waste from being absorbed into the liner and prevent releases into the adjacent subsurface soil or ground water or surface water during the active life of the facility. The liner must be:
(a) constructed of materials that have appropriate chemical properties and sufficient strength and thickness to prevent failure due to pressure gradients (including static head and external hydrogeologic forces), physical contact with the waste or drip pad leakage to which they are exposed, climatic conditions, the stress of installation, and the stress of daily operation (including stresses from vehicular traffic on the drip pad);
(b) placed upon a foundation or base capable of providing support to the liner and resistance to pressure gradients above and below the liner to prevent failure of the liner due to settlement, compression or uplift; and
(c) installed to cover all surrounding earth that could come in contact with the waste or leakage; and
(ii) a leakage detection system immediately above the liner that is designed, constructed, maintained and operated to detect leakage from the drip pad. The leakage detection system must be:
(a) constructed of materials that are:
(1) chemically resistant to the waste managed in the drip pad and the leakage that might be generated; and
(2) of sufficient strength and thickness to prevent collapse under the pressures exerted by overlaying materials and by any equipment used at the drip pad; and
(b) designed and operated to function without clogging through the scheduled closure of the drip pad; and
(c) designed so that it will detect the failure of the drip pad or the presence of a release of hazardous waste or accumulated liquid at the earliest practicable time; and
(iii) a leakage collection system immediately above the liner that is designed, constructed, maintained and operated to collect leakage from the drip pad such that it can be removed from below the drip pad. The date, time, and quantity of any leakage collected in this system and removed must be documented in the operating log.
(3) Drip pads must be maintained such that they remain free of cracks, gaps, corrosion, or other deterioration that could cause hazardous waste to be released from the drip pad.
Note:
See paragraph (13) of this subdivision for remedial action required if deterioration or leakage is detected.
(4) The drip pad and associated collection system must be designed and operated to convey, drain, and collect liquid resulting from drippage or precipitation in order to prevent run-off.
(5) Unless protected by a structure, as described in paragraph (a)(2) of this section, the owner or operator must design, construct, operate and maintain a run-on control system capable of preventing flow onto the drip pad during peak discharge from at least a 24-hour, 25-year storm, unless the system has sufficient excess capacity to contain any run-on that might enter the system.
(6) Unless protected by a structure or cover, as described in paragraph (a)(2) of this section, the owner or operator must design, construct, operate and maintain a run-off management system to collect and control at least the water volume resulting from a 24-hour, 25-year storm.
(7) The drip pad must be evaluated to determine that it meets the requirements of paragraphs (1) through (6) of this subdivision, and the owner or operator must obtain a statement from an independent, qualified professional engineer registered in New York State certifying that the drip pad design meets the requirements of this subdivision.
(8) Drippage and accumulated precipitation must be removed from the associated collection system as necessary to prevent overflow onto the drip pad.
(9) The drip pad surface must be cleaned thoroughly in a manner and frequency such that accumulated residues of hazardous waste or other materials are removed, with residues being properly managed as hazardous waste, so as to allow weekly inspections of the entire drip pad surface without interference or hindrance from accumulated residues of hazardous waste or other materials on the drip pad. The owner or operator must document the date and time of each cleaning and the cleaning procedure used in the facility's operating log.
(10) Drip pads must be operated and maintained in a manner to minimize tracking of hazardous waste or hazardous waste constituents off the drip pad as a result of activities by personnel or equipment.
(11) After being removed from the treatment vessel, treated wood from pressure and non- pressure processes must be held on the drip pad until drippage has ceased. The owner or operator must maintain records sufficient to document that all treated wood is held on the pad following treatment in accordance with this requirement.
(12) Collection and holding units associated with run-on and run-off control systems must be emptied or otherwise managed as soon as possible after storms to maintain design capacity of the system.
(13) Throughout the active life of the drip pad, if the owner or operator detects a condition that may have caused or has caused a release of hazardous waste, the condition must be repaired within a reasonably prompt period of time following discovery, in accordance with the following procedures:
(i) Upon detection of a condition that may have caused or has caused a release of hazardous waste (e.g., upon detection of leakage by the leak detection system), the owner or operator must:
(a) enter a record of the discovery in the facility operating log;
(b) immediately remove the portion of the drip pad affected by the condition from service;
(c) determine what steps must be taken to repair the drip pad, remove any leakage from below the drip pad, and establish a schedule for accomplishing the clean up and repairs;
(d) within 24 hours after discovery of the condition, notify the commissioner of the condition and, within 10 working days, provide a written notice to the commissioner with a description of the steps that will be taken to repair the drip pad, and clean up any leakage, and the schedule for accomplishing this work.
(ii) The commissioner will review the information submitted, make a determination regarding whether the pad must be removed from service completely or partially until repairs and clean up are complete, and notify in writing the owner or operator of the determination and the underlying rationale.
(iii) Upon completing all repairs and clean up, the owner or operator must notify the commissioner in writing and provide a certification, signed by an independent qualified, professional engineer registered in New York State, that the repairs and clean up have been completed according to the written plan submitted in accordance with clause (i)(d) of this paragraph.
(14) The owner or operator must maintain, as part of the facility operating log, documentation of past operating and waste handling practices. This must include identification of preservative formulations used in the past, a description of drippage management practices, and a description of treated wood storage and handling practices.
(e) Inspections.
(1) During construction or installation, liners and cover systems (e.g., membranes, sheets, or coatings) must be inspected for uniformity, damage, and imperfections (e.g., holes, cracks, thin spots, or foreign materials). Immediately after construction or installation, liners must be inspected and certified as meeting the requirements of subdivision (d) of this section by an independent qualified, professional engineer registered in New York State. The certification must be maintained at the facility as part of the facility operating record. After installation, liners and covers must be inspected to ensure tight seams and joints and the absence of tears, punctures, or blisters.
(2) While a drip pad is in operation, it must be inspected weekly and after storms to detect evidence of any of the following:
(i) Deterioration, malfunctions or improper operation of run-on and run-off control systems.
(ii) The presence of leakage in and proper functioning of leakage detection system.
(iii) Deterioration or cracking of the drip pad surface.
Note:
See paragraph (d)(13) of this section for remedial action required if deterioration or leakage is detected.
(f) Closure.
(1) At closure, the owner or operator must remove or decontaminate all waste residues, contaminated containment system components (pad, liners, etc.), contaminated subsoils, and structures and equipment contaminated with waste and leakage, and manage them as hazardous waste.
(2) If, after removing or decontaminating all residues and making all reasonable efforts to effect removal or decontamination of contaminated components, subsoils, structures, and equipment as required in paragraph (1) of this subdivision, the owner or operator finds that not all contaminated subsoils can be practically removed or decontaminated, the owner or operator must close the facility and perform post-closure care in accordance with closure and post- closure care requirements that apply to landfills (see section 373-3.14[d] of this Subpart). For permitted units, the requirement to have a permit continues throughout the post-closure period.
(3)
(i) The owner or operator of an existing drip pad, as defined in subdivision (a) of this section,that does not comply with the liner requirements of subparagraph (d)(2)(i) of this section must:
(a) include in the closure plan for the drip pad under section 373-3.7(c) of this Subpart, both a plan for complying with paragraph (1) of this subdivision and a contingent plan for complying with paragraph (2) of this subdivision in case not all contaminated subsoils can be practicably removed at closure; and
(b) prepare a contingent post-closure plan under section 373-3.7(h) of this Subpart for complying with paragraph (2) of this subdivision in case not all contaminated subsoils can be practicably removed at closure.
(ii) The cost estimates calculated under sections 373-3.7(c) and 373-3.8(e) of this Subpart for closure and post-closure care of a drip pad subject to this paragraph must include the cost of complying with the contingent closure plan and the contingent post-closure plan, but are not required to include the cost of expected closure under paragraph (1) of this subdivision.
6 CRR-NY 373-3.23
Current through April 15, 2021
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