Consideration of issues related to municipal solid waste management, such as historical perspectives of municipal solid waste management, public participation, public notice, and technical considerations of municipal solid waste management and regulation. Land use and certain related issues will be considered at a later date. Barry Willaims (Office of Waste Management), Bryan Dixon (Municipal Solid Waste Division), Susan Janek (Municipal Solid Waste Division), Marianne Baker (Legal Division), Vic Ramirez (Legal Division), Diane Parker (Legal Division), and David Schanbacher (Office of Air Quality) presented this item.
- Minor Modifications - The commission directed staff to assume a strict interpretation of the rule requirements for minor modifications, effective as of 4:30 pm that afternoon and to begin assessing the list of minor modifications currently in the rule to determine the need for revisions. At issue are the public notification requirements for certain types of modifications that may need to be added, dropped, or modified.
- Air Emissions - The commission supported the staff recommendation to delay the submission of new source performance standard rules for landfills until after EPA has released final guidance.
- Landfill Liners - The commission directed staff to move forward with proposing and finalizing agency guidance for alternate landfill liner designs permitted by the TNRCC to ensure that they actually achieve the protectiveness that they are modeled to achieve. Staff was asked to perform additional research into the acceptability of certain liners for storage of the variety of materials that may be disposed of in a MSW landfill and into the actual performance of existing landfills with alternative liners.
- Transfer Stations - The commission discussed whether MSW transfer stations can be located at Type 4 landfills with only registration requirements. Staff has been directed to conduct further legislative research and possibly to revise the rule definitions for the types of facilities affected by the transfer station requirements. They were also directed to explore possible additional requirements that could reduce nuisance odors and provide notice to nearby residence. Staff was directed to bring this ack later for further consideration.
Remaining items including, Permit Renewals and Amendments and Co-Disposal, will be discussed at the October 21, 1997 Work Session. The staff was directed to use the MSW Advisory Council plus other interested parties to obtain input on these issues from as broad a set of stakeholders as possible. The proposed economic item will not be discussed since the commission has determined that these issues are outside the jurisdiction of the TNRCC. Land use and other related issues will be discussed at a future Work Session yet to be determined.