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New Jersey Proposes to Amend State Rules to Implement 'Legacy Landfill Law'

The Legacy Law establishes requirements and controls for legacy landfills and closed sanitary landfill facilities.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is proposing to amend the state’s solid waste rules and implement the provisions of the so-called Legacy Landfill Law, which was enacted in 2013.

A “legacy landfill” is a landfill that ceased operations before January 1, 1982, and received for disposal either solid waste or waste material that would now meet the definition of hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) but was received for disposal before the enactment of RCRA in 1976.

A public hearing on the proposal will take place in September.

Enviro.BLR.com has more:

The Legacy Law (the Law), establishes requirements and controls for legacy landfills and closed sanitary landfill facilities that accept new materials after closure in order to, for example, close a landfill that has not been previously closed, regrade a landfill for proper drainage, or prepare the landfill surface for redevelopment. In passing the Law, the Legislature intended to allow for the redevelopment of closed sanitary landfill facilities, encourage proper closure of legacy landfills in order that they may be redeveloped in the future, require municipal involvement in the redevelopment of legacy landfills and closed sanitary landfill facilities within the municipality, and provide various safeguards to protect against future problems at legacy landfills and closed sanitary landfill facilities that accept materials for closure or redevelopment.

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