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7035.2595 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND PREVENTION.

Subpart 1.

Design and operation of a solid waste management facility.

The owner or operator must design, construct, maintain, and operate a solid waste management facility to minimize the possibility of a fire, explosion, or any release to air, land, or water of pollutants that threaten human health and the environment.

Subp. 2.

Required equipment.

The owner or operator must equip the solid waste management facility with the following, unless the owner or operator demonstrates to the commissioner that none of the hazards posed by the waste requires the particular equipment specified below:

A.

a communications device, such as a telephone or a hand-held two-way radio, which is immediately available and is capable of summoning emergency assistance from local police departments or fire departments; and

B.

fire control contracts and devices for the class of fire expected to occur at the facility.

Subp. 3.

Testing and maintenance of equipment.

All communication and fire control equipment must be tested at least annually and maintained to ensure proper operation in time of emergency.

Subp. 4.

Arrangements with local authorities for emergencies.

The owner or operator of a solid waste management facility must make prior arrangements with local police and fire departments for services that may be needed at the facility.

Subp. 5.

Procedural manual.

The owner or operator of a solid waste management facility must prepare and maintain at the facility a procedural manual for facility personnel to use in time of emergency. The manual must contain:

A.

a list of names and telephone numbers of local fire and police departments;

B.

a list of the equipment available at the site such as fire extinguishers, communication and alarm systems, earthmoving equipment, and a brief description as to when and how the equipment is to be used;

C.

a description of the procedures to be followed from discovery until the situation is corrected or the contingency action plan is activated, including a facility coordinator, notification procedures to local authorities and the agency, control measures, and cleanup; and

D.

a description of prior arrangements made with local police and fire departments.

Subp. 6.

Assessment of hazards.

The owner or operator of the solid waste management facility must assess the possible hazards to human health and the environment from a release, explosion, or fire. The owner or operator of the facility must notify the commissioner within 48 hours of any release, explosion, or fire.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 115.03; 116.07

History:

13 SR 1150

Published Electronically:

September 7, 2006