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(a) General Requirements. All vegetative waste management and yard waste composting facilities are subject to the general requirements governing solid waste management facilities provided in this chapter and as specified herein. A permit and a CTO will be required prior to commencement of operations.
(b) Specific Design and Performance Standards. Proposals for vegetative waste management and yard waste composting facilities shall contain the following:
(1) An environmental inventory as provided for in Section 1080.17(a)(1) shall be required. An investigation and report addressing soils and geotechnical conditions at the site to a depth of five feet and the effect of these conditions on the proposed facility operation will be required. Detailed geotechnical and hydrogeological investigations and reports pursuant to Section 1080.17(a)(2) are not required. A geotechnical report may be required for any proposed structures. Additional reports may be required by the Director.
(2) A construction plan as provided for in Section 1080.170b) shall be required. The site plan shall include designated solid waste facility management sheet(s) which depicts only site conditions during operations as described in the operations plan.
(3) Groundwater monitoring plans per Section 1080.17(c) are not required for facilities which process out waste within eighteen months of receipt on site.
(4) A surface water monitoring plan as provided for in Section 1080.17(d) shall be required.
(5) A leachate or liquid effluent control plan as provided for in Section 1080.17(e) shall be required.
(6) An erosion control and storm water management plan, as provided for in Chapter 1220 of the Codified Ordinances of Loudoun County shall be required.
(7) An operation and maintenance plan as provided for in Section 1080.17(f) shall be required.
(8) A waste and recovery materials stockpile plan, which shall provide design and maintenance criteria for controlling effluents shall be required.
(9) A copy of the DEQ-Water Division application for a surface discharge permit, or documentation that the site will operate as a no-discharge facility.
(10) An environmental impairment surety as provided for in Section 1080.07 shall be required. The amount of the surety shall be calculated as the ( independent third party cost to remove all waste from the permitted site, pay transportation and disposal fees, restore permanent vegetation to the site, and include reasonable administrative costs to oversee the site restoration.
(c) Operational Standards. The operations and maintenance plan shall describe, in detail, the processes by which waste will be received, processed, stored, and otherwise managed while it is located at the facility. It will include necessary provisions to ensure compliance with the following standards:
(1) All vegetative waste management and yard waste composting facilities will be operated and maintained in accordance with approved construction plans and specifications.
(2) All vegetative waste management and yard waste composting facilities will be operated and maintained in accordance with any applicable State regulations and/or permits.
(3) All vegetative waste management and yard waste composting facilities will be operated and maintained in accordance with the Zoning Ordinance, the Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance and the County Fire Code.
(4) Before commencing operation of a vegetative waste management or yard waste composting facility, the owner/operator shall have completed site and structure preparation in accordance with an approved comprehensive construction plan and shall have been issued a permit and CTO.
(5) Vegetative waste and composted yard waste material collected at the facility shall be managed as described in the approved operations and maintenance plan.
(6) Surface water monitoring shall be conducted in accordance with the approved surface water monitoring plan.
(7) Burning, storage or burial of solid waste is prohibited at vegetative waste management and yard waste composting facilities.
(8) All designated facility access and service roads shall be maintained in serviceable condition at all times. All designated fire breaks and windrow separation shall be maintained at all times.
(9) No solid waste shall be permitted in windrows. Vegetative waste that is contaminated with solid waste, including bags, shall not be moved to or placed in windrows from the receiving area until all solid waste is removed. Residual solid waste materials shall be containerized and transported to an approved disposal facility.
(10) The maximum height of vegetative waste windrow or stockpiles shall not exceed twenty feet and the maximum base perimeter of windrows and stockpiles shall not exceed 800 linear feet. Windrows and stockpiles shall be separated by a clear access way that shall be a minimum width of sixteen feet.
(11) All vegetative waste that is stockpiled, windrowed, or otherwise processed or composted shall be removed from the site within eighteen months of the initial placement of the waste on the property.
(12) All vegetative waste management and yard waste composting facilities will have designated waste receiving areas for in-processing of waste. Receiving areas will be sized to accept no more than the waste received in six working days or one working week, whichever is less. All non-permitted waste and contamination, such as plastic bags, will be removed in the receiving area before waste is moved to stockpiles or windrow locations. All putrescible waste in non-biodegradable bags shall be de-bagged or removed from the property within seventy-two hours of the initial placement of the waste in the receiving area. Short term storage of solid waste in approved containers in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 1082 is permitted.
(13) Fugitive dust and mud deposits on off-site roads will be controlled at all times to limit nuisances.
(14) Dust, odors, and vectors shall be controlled so that they do not constitute nuisances or hazards.
(d) Closure. All vegetative waste management and yard waste composting facilities are subject to the closure requirements provided in Section 1080.19 and as follows:
(1) All proposals for vegetative waste management and yard waste composting facilities shall have an approved closure plan.
(2) All vegetative waste management and yard waste composting facilities in operation as of the date of adoption of this chapter shall fully comply with all requirements of this chapter, including permitting requirements, or shall immediately proceed to close in accordance with the closure requirements provided in Section 1080.19.
(3) Upon removal of all waste material from the facility site and completion of site restoration (grading of the site to remove ponds and other grading as may be required to ensure adequate drainage) and establishment of permanent vegetative cover, the facility owner may petition the Director for release of the environmental surety. Provided that the Director finds that the site has been restored and vegetated, and that there are no harmful residual effects of the facility operation, he or she shall release the environmental surety. No post-closure care or monitoring will be required if the surety is released.
(Ord. 99-06. Passed 5-19-99.)