Adoption of Revised Regulations for Landfill Closure and Postclosure Maintenance


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
Document Title
Adoption of Revised Regulations for Landfill Closure and Postclosure Maintenance
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
These proposed regulations for landfill closure and postclosure maintenance amend Title 27, California Code of Regulations, Division 2, Chapters 2, 3 and 4. Existing law provides that the operation of landfill shall be governed by its closure and postclosure maintenance plan upon receiving its final shipment of waste for disposal. CIWMB has adopted regulations that govern closure and postclosure maintenance. The proposed regulations are primarily intended to slightly modify the process by which local Enforcement Agencies and CIWMB approve closure plans and postclosure maintenance plans submitted by land fill operators. Under the proposed regulations, CIWMB reestablishes its role as a coordinating agency in the approval process and operators are required to submit plans that meet state minimum standards before CIWMB may concur in a facility's solid waste facilities permit. The regulations also limit the ability of operators to delay indefinitely closing a landfill that should be closed. Property closure of a landfill in very costly. Some landfills, to avoid the expense of closure, have adopted a practice of trickling waste, that is accepting very small amounts of waste for disposal, amounts so small that the waste flow would not, under normal circumstances, justify the operation of the landfill. The new regulations limit that practice.

Contact Information

Michael Wochnick
Agency Name
Integrated Waste Management Board
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 8, Sec. 15308
Reasons for Exemption
The adoption of these regulations is exempt for CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15308, the categorical exemption for actions taken by regulartory agencies to protect the environment. An open landfill that is trickling waste caused greater risk to the environment than a properly closed one. Thus, these regulations will enhance the protection of the environment by requiring closure in a timely manner.

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