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Title 24 : Municipal and County Government

Chapter 061 : REGULATORY PROVISIONS; POLICE POWER OF MUNICIPALITIES

Subchapter 010 : SALVAGE YARDS

(Cite as: 24 V.S.A. § 2248)
  • § 2248. Salvage yard operational standards

    (a) [Repealed.]

    (b) On or before March 31, 2011, the Secretary shall adopt by rule requirements for the siting, operation, and closure of salvage yards. The rules shall establish requirements for:

    (1) The siting of salvage yards, including setbacks from surface waters, wetlands, and potable water supplies. Siting requirements under this subdivision may include site-specific conditions for salvage yards operating under a valid certificate of registration under section 2242 of this title, provided that such site-specific conditions are designed to prevent releases to groundwater, discharges to surface waters, or other risks to public health and the environment. A site-specific condition under this subdivision may include the requirement that the owner or operator of a salvage yard obtain an individual certificate of registration under section 2242 of this title instead of operating under a general permit adopted by the Secretary under subsection (c) of this section.

    (2) Exemptions from the requirement to obtain a certificate of registration under section 2242 of this title.

    (3) When an instrument of financial responsibility may be required by the Secretary in amounts necessary to:

    (A) remediate potential or existing environmental contamination caused by the salvage yard; or

    (B) assure proper management of salvage materials upon closure of the salvage yard.

    (4) Removal of solid waste or tires from the salvage yard for proper disposal.

    (5) Establishment and maintenance of screening or fencing of salvage yards from public view.

    (6) Assuring proper closure of a salvage yard facility.

    (7) Postclosure environmental monitoring of a salvage yard.

    (8) Classes or categories of salvage yards, including those handling total loss vehicles from insurance.

    (9) Additional measures that the Secretary determines necessary for the protection of public health, safety, and the environment.

    (c)(1) The Secretary may issue a general permit for a certificate of registration issued to salvage yards under section 2242 of this title. The general permit may include a provision allowing a holder of a valid certificate of registration issued under this subchapter to self-certify compliance with the applicable standards of this subchapter and rules adopted under this subchapter. A general permit issued under this section shall be adopted by rule and may be incorporated into the rule required under subsection (b) of this section.

    (2) If the Secretary adopts a general permit for the regulation of salvage yards under subdivision (1) of this subsection, the Secretary may require an owner or operator of a salvage yard that is operating under the general permit or that is applying for coverage under the general permit to obtain an individual certificate of registration under section 2242 of this title if any one of the following applies:

    (A) the salvage yard does not qualify for the general permit;

    (B) a salvage yard operating under the general permit is in violation of the terms and conditions of the general permit;

    (C) the size, scope, or nature of the activity of the salvage yard exceeds the parameters of the general permit;

    (D) the owner or operator of the salvage yard has a history of noncompliance; or

    (E) the salvage yard presents a potential risk to public health or the environment.

    (d) No person may deliver salvage vehicles to or operate a mobile salvage vehicle crusher at a salvage yard that does not hold a certificate of registration under this subchapter. A salvage yard holding a certificate of registration under this subchapter shall post a copy of its current certificate in a clearly visible location in the proximity of each entrance to the salvage yard.

    (e) The requirement under subdivision (a)(2) of this section or rules adopted under this section to drain a vehicle within 365 days of receipt shall not apply to a salvage yard holding a certificate of registration under this subchapter that, as of January 1, 2010, is conducting business, the primary activity of which is the handling of total loss vehicles from insurance companies. (Added 2009, No. 93 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 2011, No. 36, § 5, eff. May 19, 2011.)