The Solid Waste Program is responsible for ensuring that all appropriate solid waste facilities hold a valid permit
from the department to install, establish, construct, modify, operate or close said facilities within the State of
The Solid Waste Program conducts the following activities:
- Reviews permit applications, prepares drafts and issues permits for different types of solid waste management
facilities including landfills, transfer stations, waste tire monofills, construction/demolition landfills, yard
waste or sewage sludge composting facilities, solid waste storage and support facilities for incinerators and
- Issue, as necessary, Notices of Deficiency (NODs) that inform permit applicants of administrative or technical
deficiencies in the application.
- Conduct a Comprehensive Background Investigation of the applicant. This investigation, required by West Virginia
State Code, is to enable the Director to determine if an applicant has demonstrated, by police record or by
record as a permittee, a lack of respect for law and order, generally, or for the laws and rules governing the
disposal of solid waste; has misrepresented a material fact in applying to the Director for a permit; has been
convicted of a felony; has exhibited a pattern of violating environmental laws in any state; or has had any
permit revoked under the environmental laws in any state of the United States.
- Review and approve the amount and method of performance bonds and financial assurance for conformance with
statutory and regulatory requirements.
- Conduct Quality Assurance/Quality Control inspections to ensure that solid waste facilities are constructed and
closed in accordance with WV laws and regulations.
- Review analyticals to approve or deny special waste requests for minor permit modifications for wastes such as
discarded chemicals and pesticides, foundry sand, oil spill cleanups, petroleum contaminated soils, contaminated
foods, and other wastes not regulated as hazardous.
- Review monthly tonnage reports and groundwater monitoring reports submitted by permittees for compliance with
the governing solid waste management rules.
- Work in coordination with other governmental agencies in the permitting process including the WV Public Service
Commission, Division of Natural Resources, Department of Tax & Revenue, Attorney General's Office, Bureau for
Public Health, Solid Waste Management Board and county and regional solid waste authorities.
- Promulgate solid waste management rules as mandated by the legislature and interpret existing rules.
- Provide technical and educational assistance to all clients.
- Provide testimony in court cases involving lawsuits on solid waste issues, permit appeals and to legislative
committees when required.
Solid Waste Permit Applications and Documents
Permitting Process for Solid Waste Facilities