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Title 10 : Conservation and Development

Chapter 046 : Interstate Waste Compact

Subchapter 002 : New Hampshire-Vermont Solid Waste Compact

(Cite as: 10 V.S.A. § 1222)
  • § 1222. General provisions—Article I

    A. Statement of policy. It is recognized that municipalities in New Hampshire and Vermont may, in order to avoid duplication of cost and effort, and, in order to take advantage of economies of scale, find it necessary or desirable to enter into an arrangement whereby joint solid waste disposal and resource recovery facilities are constructed and maintained. The states of New Hampshire and Vermont recognize the value of and the need for such a cooperative agreement to capture the economic benefits of reduced solid waste disposal costs and to enhance the economy through a reduction in demand for imported energy and the promotion of employment. Furthermore, the states of New Hampshire and Vermont recognize the value of and the need for such a cooperative agreement to maintain a safe and healthy environment, including a clean and renewable supply of the water resources.

    B. Requirement of administrative and congressional approval. This compact shall not become effective until approved by the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Congress.

    C. Definitions.

    1. “Resource recovery facility” shall mean any facility at which solid waste is processed for the purpose of extracting, converting to energy, or otherwise, separating and preparing solid waste for reuse.

    2. “Municipalities” shall mean in Vermont a municipality as defined in 1 V.S.A. § 126 and a union municipal district established under the authority of 24 V.S.A. chapter 121; shall mean in New Hampshire a public agency as defined in RSA 53-A:2 and a regional refuse disposal district established under the authority of RSA 53-B.

    3. “Solid waste agencies” shall mean those agencies within New Hampshire and Vermont possessing authority to regulate solid waste disposal and to administer the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, as amended (42 USCA Chapter 82).

    4. “Sanitary landfills” shall mean a facility for the disposal of solid waste that meets the criteria published under 42 USCA § 6944 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, as amended.

    5. “Solid waste” shall mean any garbage, refuse, metal goods, tires, demolition and construction waste, yard waste, and sludge from a waste water treatment plant, or other discarded materials, possessing no value to the producer in its present form where it is located, produced by normal residential, commercial, and industrial activities, but does not include hazardous waste.

    6. “Hazardous waste” shall mean any solid, semi-solid, liquid, or contained gaseous waste, or any combination of these wastes, that because of its quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical, or infectious characteristics may: (a) cause, or significantly contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible, or incapacitating reversible illness; or (b) pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, or disposed of, or otherwise managed, or any waste classified as hazardous at any time under applicable laws and regulations of the United States, New Hampshire, and Vermont or any subdivision thereof pursuant to a valid grant of authority. (Added 1981, No. 32, § 3.)