On June 28, EPA proposed to partially approve Georgia’s coal combustion residuals (CCR) state permit program. If finalized, Georgia’s program will become the second to receive EPA’s approval and will operate in place of the federal CCR requirements.
In its proposal, EPA determined that—with the exception of four provisions—Georgia’s program meets the standard for EPA approval. EPA proposed to partially approve Georgia’s program since it does not incorporate certain endangered species provisions and because it includes now-vacated provisions that exclude inactive surface impoundments at inactive facilities from regulation, allow unlined surface impoundments to continue receiving CCR unless they leak, and classify clay-lined surface impoundments as lined. Georgia’s CCR rule has not been revised to reflect the vacatur of these provisions because EPA has not yet finalized those changes at the federal level. EPA plans to issue proposals to address these topics in 2019. Once finalized, Georgia EPD can amend its regulations to align with EPA’s changes and then apply for approval of those amendments at a later date.