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MPCA proposes revisions to solid waste rules

The Minnesota Pollution Control (MPCA) is proposing revisions to a rule so that materials from buildings being renovated or demolished do not end up in a solid waste management facility that is prohibited from accepting such materials. A notice r...

The Minnesota Pollution Control (MPCA) is proposing revisions to a rule so that materials from buildings being renovated or demolished do not end up in a solid waste management facility that is prohibited from accepting such materials. A notice regarding the proposal was published in the Dec. 1 State Register.

This rule has two main objectives:

  • Consolidates existing prohibitions on land disposal of certain items and materials such as mercury containing devices into one location.
  • Establishes a clear deadline for removal of the items and materials from buildings being renovated or demolished. Under the proposed rule, the items and materials must be removed prior to beginning of demolition or, for facilities subject to asbestos abatement requirements, two days before the scheduled date of demolition under the required demolition notice.

By listing all the applicable prohibitions and clarifying that removal is required prior to beginning renovation or demolition, the MPCA anticipates improved compliance with existing laws and believes the change reflects the intent of the legislature.
Formal comments on the proposed revisions that are submitted as specified in the notice will be considered. Interested and affected parties are encouraged to participate in the rulemaking process. Copies of the notice, proposed rule revisions, and the Statement of Need and Reasonableness (SONAR) can be accessed on the MPCA's rule notice Web page at www.pca.state.mn.us/news/index.html . For technical rules, contact Derek Pemble. For information on rules process, contact Yolanda Letnes. Both staff can be reached at 651-296-6300 or toll-free at 1-800-657-3864.

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