The purpose of the Hazardous Waste Permits Unit is to ensure the proper treatment, storage, and/or disposal of hazardous waste. Anyone in West Virginia who is constructing, operating, modifying or closing a hazardous waste treatment, storage, or disposal facility must apply and receive a hazardous waste permit. Authority is granted under the West Virginia Code, Chapter 22, Article 18 known as the Hazardous Waste Management Act and Rules promulgated under 33 CSR, Series 20 and known as the Hazardous Waste Management Rule (HWMR). The HWMR incorporated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations (40 CFR, Parts 260-279) by reference.
A Hazardous Waste Permit is issued for 10 years with the option to review after 5 years if land based units are included in the permit.
- To review applications and issue Hazardous Waste Management (RCRA) Permits, Post-closure, for land disposal facilities, Corrective Action, and Emergency Permits.
- To review and approve or reject requests for permit modification.
- To conduct inspections of permitted sites and of sites seeking permits to verify the accuracy of information provided by the applicant.
- To provide technical assistance to compliance and enforcement personnel (upon request).
- To review all reports from facilities under HSWA corrective action permits and corrective action orders issued by EPA.