Section 22-27-8Financial assurance.
(a) All persons having or requesting a permit for the operation of a municipal solid waste landfill shall establish and maintain financial assurance for proper closure, post-closure care, or corrective action in the form and amount the department specifies by regulation. This requirement is applicable to all municipal solid waste landfills required by federal law or regulations to demonstrate such assurance.
(b) All municipal solid waste landfills permitted or to be permitted by the department shall submit financial assurance forms and supporting documents to the department, and such forms and documents shall establish that there is funding to the appropriate levels required by department regulation. The financial assurance mechanism shall be maintained for the life of the municipal solid waste landfill, and for a period of not less than 30 years after closure, unless the owner or operator demonstrates to the director that a period less than 30 years is sufficient to protect human health and the environment and the director approves this demonstration, or the solid waste is removed and the department determines that no waste or contamination remains at the site. The department may extend post-closure care or corrective action periods for longer than 30 years when necessary to protect human health and the environment.
(c) The financial assurance and requirements established by the department pursuant to this section shall in all respects comply with Environmental Protection Agency rules and regulations regarding closure, post-closure care, or corrective action for a municipal solid waste landfill. In no event shall the department require financial assurance or other requirements pursuant to this section which are more stringent than the Environmental Protection Agency requirements in effect at the time.
(d) The department may adopt rules necessary to implement this section.
(Act 2005-302, 1st Sp. Sess., p. 596, §2.)