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Introduced House Bill (H)

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Closure of coal combustion residual impoundments. Requires the owner or operator of a coal combustion residuals (CCR) surface impoundment: (1) that is located in a 500 year flood zone, has caused a statistically significant increase in groundwater contamination, or does not have a composite liner that meets certain requirements; or (2) that is otherwise subject to a federal or state closure requirement; to remove all CCR from the CCR surface impoundment, return the site of the CCR surface impoundment to a nonerosive and stable condition, and either transfer the CCR for disposal in a landfill that meets certain requirements or Closure of coal combustion residual impoundments. Requires the owner or operator of a coal combustion residuals (CCR) surface impoundment: (1) that is located in a 500 year flood zone, has caused a statistically significant increase in groundwater contamination, or does not have a composite liner that meets certain requirements; or (2) that is otherwise subject to a federal or state closure requirement; to remove all CCR from the CCR surface impoundment, return the site of the CCR surface impoundment to a nonerosive and stable condition, and either transfer the CCR for disposal in a landfill that meets certain requirements or put the CCR to an encapsulated beneficial use. Requires that the CCR be put to an encapsulated beneficial use whenever possible. Requires the owner or operator of a CCR surface impoundment to monitor for dust problems during removal of the CCR from the surface impoundment and requires the use of dust controls in the removal, transfer, and disposal of the CCR to minimize dust pollution. Requires the owner or operator of a CCR surface impoundment from which the CCR are being removed, in consultation with local government officials, to develop a plan for transporting the CCR after it is removed from the surface impoundment. Prohibits the department of environmental management (department) from approving a plan for closure of a CCR surface impoundment that does not meet these requirements. Requires the department to hold a public hearing on the approval or denial of a plan for the closure of a CCR surface impoundment. ... View more