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Solid Waste Emergency Permit

Who Must Apply

Any owner or operator who proposes to treat, store or dispose of solid waste at a non-permitted facility whose permit does not cover such solid waste or solid waste management activities as a result of an emergency situation in which there is an imminent and substantial threat to human health or the environment.


Virginia Code § 10.1-1408.1

Virginia Administrative Code 9 VAC 20-81-400 through 9 VAC 20-81-600


Up to 90 days


Permit fees for all solid waste facilities are specified in 9 VAC 20-90-10 et seq.

Typical Requirements of a Permit

The permit must specify the solid wastes to be received and the manner and location of their storage, treatment or disposal as well as, to the extent possible and not inconsistent with the emergency situation, all applicable requirements of the regulations (9 VAC 20-81-10 et seq.).

Application Process

1. Request an emergency permit from the appropriate Office, Land Protection & Revitalization Program Manager.  The following application forms are provided for common emergency permit requests:

Emergency permits are not limited to the above scenarios. Management of other solid wastes (including regulated medical wastes) in response to an emergency will require coordination with the DEQ to determine appropriate requirements consistent with waste regulations.

2. The permit may be oral or written. If an oral permit is issued, the applicant must submit a written application within 5 days.

3. Additional information may be requested to process the written permit. This would include the name and location of the facility, contact person, a description of the wastes involved, the reason for the emergency situation, the type of storage, treatment or disposal that is to occur and procedures involved, and the local officials to be contacted, if applicable.

4. Public notice occurs after permit issuance.

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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