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State Assistance Guidelines for SW Municipal Landfill Closure Projects

I. Eligible Applicants/Projects:

phot of a closed landfill

Municipalities that have inactive solid waste landfills or landfills that will be inactive within 18 months of application that have eligible closure costs incurred after April 1, 1993. Projects can also include a municipal solid waste landfill gas management system required to meet the new source performance standards or emission guidelines of the USEPA Landfill Gas Rule.

II. Criteria:

This program is managed as described under 6 NYCRR Subpart 360-9 - State Assistance and Loans for Municipal Landfill Closure Projects (link leaves DEC website.) Applications for State assistance for municipal landfill closure projects must include the following items:

  1. A copy of the closure investigation report and a copy of correspondence from the State indicating the approval status of the closure investigation report.
  2. A copy of the administrative order, court order or permit containing the obligation to close the landfill site by a specific date.
  3. A Municipal Landfill Closure Project Work Plan.
  4. A copy of the governing body's authorization for submission of the application to the State.
  5. A statement that the landfill closure site is not currently a Class 1 or 2 Inactive Hazardous Waste Site. If the landfill closure site is currently Classification 2a according to the New York State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites, this fact must also be included in the statement, along with a statement that a complete reclassification investigation has been submitted to the Department.
  6. An affirmative action work plan.
  7. A statement that the landfill closure project area will not have a landfill constructed on it.
  8. A statement that post-closure monitoring and maintenance will be implemented by the municipality according to regulations.
  9. Upon project approval for State assistance, a municipality must waive any right to assistance under Subsection 27-1313, Remedial Programs, of the Environmental Conservation Law.

III. Match Requirements:

State assistance payments will be used for reimbursement of 50 percent of total eligible project costs (90 percent for municipalities with populations less than 3,500) or $2 million, whichever is less.