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Solid Waste Permit, Registration, and Approval Process

Anyone wishing to conduct solid waste operations must submit an appropriate registration/permit application (available on the IDEM Forms page) and receive approval before beginning construction and operation of the facility. They must also pay applicable fees to the address specified on the application form. The application must contain design, operation, monitoring and maintenance and other information required by the rules. Based on the information provided, OLQ may have additional questions or comments on the application and request for additional information (RAI). Based on the adequacy of the information in compliance with the rules, OLQ will make a decision to approve or deny an application.

A pre-application meeting with solid waste permit program staff is recommended so they can assist you with any questions you may have in completing the application form and providing all required technical information.

Registrations and permits are issued for five years.

Registration Approval Process

Along with providing a complete registration form, applicants must provide information about their proposed operation, including the amount of waste stored and processed; the design of all storage and processing units, including secondary containments for liquid waste storage a (if applicable); emergency plans; closure plans; and documentation of financial assurance (if applicable). Except for the waste tire activities, there are no fees for these registrations.

Public comment is not required for new registrations or renewals. The applicant must submit a renewal application at least 60 days before the expiration date to continue to operate.

Changing Ownership

Registrations are not transferable. Any person taking ownership of such a business or facility must re-apply to IDEM to be properly registered before engaging in these activities.

Solid Waste Permit Approval Process

Solid waste landfills and processing facilities must submit an application and receive a permit from IDEM before beginning construction. Types of permits include:

Facilities accepting waste from offsite must also complete a “Needs Demonstration” (329 IAC 10-11-7) for new applications and major modifications. Captive landfill facilities that accept only their waste do not need complete this information. Processing facilities must also complete a “Needs Demonstration” for new applications and major modifications. Transfer stations are not required to complete this information.

All applications for new, major modifications and renewals must also provide “Good Character” information. All applications for new and major modifications must notify all the adjacent land owners within 10 days of submitting the application. IDEM may hold a public meeting or a formal public hearing based on the level of public interest from residents of the county where the landfill or expansion will be located, or if other significant public interest is expressed. IDEM’s public meeting/hearing and applicant’s informational meeting are usually held together at a convenient location and time for affected citizens.

The applicant must submit a renewal application at least 120 days before the expiration date to continue to operate.

Solid Waste Landfill Permit Process

If applying for a new facility permit, or a major modification the applicant must hold a public information meeting. An IDEM representative will be present. IDEM accepts public comment for a minimum of 30 days after the application deemed complete.

Processing Facility Permit Process

Solid waste processing facilities and transfer stations must submit a permit application on a form provided by IDEM and receive IDEM approval before construction. During the review process, IDEM will hold a minimum 30-day public comment period. The applicant is not required to hold an informational meeting.

During the permit review process for an incinerator or waste-to-energy facility, the applicant must hold a public information meeting, at which an IDEM representative will be present.

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