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Part of 1 of 2 from a successful application to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to grant a waiver and permit the Northampton municipal landfill to expand in a Water Supply......

Part of 1 of 2 from a successful application to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to grant a waiver and permit the Northampton municipal landfill to expand in a Water Supply Protection District (and the recharge area of the Barnes Aquifer).

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  • 1. NORTHAMPTON SANITARY LANDFILL PHASE5B BWPSWOl SITE SUITABILITY REPORT Volume 1: Technical Report Prepared for: Department of Public Works City of Northampton Massachusetts Presented to: Department of Environmental Protection Division of Solid Waste Management 436 Dwight Street Springfield, MA 01103 Prepared by: Dufresne-Henry March • 2006Dufresne· Henry 136 West Street, Suite 203, Northampton, MA 01060 Tel: (413) 584-4776 Fax: (413) 584-3157
  • 2. March 13, 2006Mr. Daniel Hall, Section ChiefDivision of Solid Waste ManagementDepartment of Environmental Protection436 Dwight StreetSpringfield, MA 01103RE: Northampton Sanitary Landfill- Phase SB Expansion BWPSWOl- Site Suitability Report, Transmittal No. W074719 DH #9206004Dear Mr. Hall:On behalf of the City of Northampton (City), Dufresne-Henry (DH) is pleased to submit for yourreview a Site Suitability Report application (BWPSWO 1) for the Phase 5B expansion of theNorthampton Sanitary Landfill, which is located off Glendale Road.BackgroundThe Phase 5 and Phase 5B expansion are proposed on the 51.5-acre parcel of land adjacent toand north of the active landfill operation. This property was purchased by the City in 1988 forthe purposes of expanding the landfill. The Citys current regional landfill operation is on theadjacent parcel to the south and has an estimated operational life until about the end of2007.The City submitted a Site Suitability Report for the Phase 5 Expansion for a portion of thisproperty in 2000 and received a determination of Administrative Completion on November 17,2000 (Report Number: 214-002-B). Based on more recent and accurate data (aerial topographyand approved resource area delineation by the Northampton Conservation Commission), thelandfill design limit has changed, resulting in an additional4.6-acre area also requiring siteassignment. The previous Site Suitability Report from 2000, which describes a site assignmentarea for a 16.4-acres landfill, is "grandfathered" under the former site assignment regulationsregarding the 500-foot setback from residential dwellings. Per earlier conversations with you,you stated that this additional4.6-acre area is subject to the current regulated 1000-foot setbackfrom residential dwellings. We also understand that the additional4.6-acre area must go througha separate site assignment process rather than a major modification of the original site suitabilityreport application from 2000.The development of a new solid waste disposal capacity requires the filing of an EnvironmentalNotification Form (ENF) in accordance with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy ActK:9206004 (Northampton LF Phase 5 Waiver)EngineeringEnvironmentalPennitsSite DevelopmentPhase 5b Site Suitability 2006CoverLetter.doc • 136 West Street, Suite 203, Northampton, MA 01060-3711 • T: 413.584.4776 • F: 413.584.3157 • • E: northampton@dufresne-henry.com • W: dufresne-henry.com •
  • 3. Mr. Daniel Hall March 13, 2006 Page2 of3(MEPA). An ENF for this project was submitted to the MEPA office on October 27,2000 and acertificate requiring an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was issued on December 8, 2000.The DEIR was submitted to the Secretary of Environmental Affairs in September of 2005 for thePhase 5 and Phase 5B landfill expansion. MEP A issued a certificate dated October 31, 2005requiring the preparation of a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). The FEIR wassubmitted to MEP A in December of 2005 and the Secretary of Environmental Affairs issued theFEIR certificate on January 27, 2006. The FEIR certificate stated that the project adequately andproperly complies with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act and its implementingregulations. Both the DEIR and FEIR contain a thorough analysis and description of facilityspecific criteria and environmental impacts. Therefore, much information in this applicationconsists of relevant excerpted sections of the DEIR and FEIR.Phase 5 and Phase 5B will require a waiver from the site assignment criteria that precludes thedevelopment of a landfill in a Zone II to a public water supply well. The specific data andanalyses for this waiver are located in Section 4 of this document. The waiver request containsthe results of a contaminant transport model that analyzes potential impacts to the EasthamptonMaloney Well if a future release from the landfill expansion were to occur. The contaminanttransport model was also included in the Draft EIR in order to receive wider public review of thekey part of the pending waiver request. It is requested that the DEP review this waiverinformation and issue findings as it relates to this site assignment application (Phase 5B) and theprevious site assignment application for Phase 5 (Report Number: 214-002-B).If positive site suitability reports are issued for the Phase 5 and Phase 5B applications, the Cityplans on coordinating the public comment period and public hearing for the site assignment sothat they are completed concurrently.This application has been distributed in accordance with the requirements of the regulations (31 0CMR 16.000)Please contact me if there are any questions regarding this application.Sincerely,DUFRESNE-HENRY, INC.James R. Laurila, P.E.AssociateJRL/nls,mlcEnclosuresK:9206004 (Northampton LF Phase 5 Waiver)EngineeringEnvironmentalPennitsSite DevelopmentPhase 5b Site Suitability 2006CoverLetter. doc
  • 4. Mr. Daniel Hall March 13, 2006 Page 3 of3c: George Andrikidis, P.E., Director, Department of Public Works MA DEP Boston, Bureau of Waste Prevention Northampton Board of Health (2) Easthampton Board of Health Forbes Library Easthampton Public Library Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental Health Services Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Ned Huntley, City Engineer, Department of Public Works Charles Clines, Department of Environmental Protection, WEROK:9206004 (Northampton LF Phase 5 Waiver)EngineeringEnvironmentalPermitsSite DevelopmentPhase 5b Site Suitability 2006CoverLetter. doc
  • 5. Enter your transmittal number W074719 Transmittal Number Your unique Transmittal Number can be accessed online: http://www.mass.gov/dep/counter/trasmfrm.shtml or call DEPs lnfoline at 617-338-2255 or 800-462-0444 (from 508, 781, and 978 area codes). Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Transmittal Form for Permit Application and Payment 1. Please type or print. A separate A. Permit Information Transmittal Form BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for New Site Assignment must be completed 1. Permit Code: 7 or 8 character code from permit instructions 2. Name of Permit Category for each permit application. Sanitary Landfill Expansion 3. Type of Project or Activity 2. Make your check payable to B. Applicant Information- Firm or Individual the Commonwealth of Massachusetts City of Northampton, Department of Public Works and mail it with a 1. Name of Firm- Or, if party needing this approval is an individual enter name below: copy of this form to: DEP, P.O. Box 4062, Boston, MA 2. Last Name of Individual 3. First Name of Individual 4. Ml 02211. 125 Locust Street 5. Street Address 3. Three copies of Northampton MA 01060 413-587-1570 this form will be 6. City/Town 7. State 8. Zip Code 9. Telephone# 10. Ext.# needed. George Andrikidis, Director of Public Works Copy 1 -the 11. Contact Person 12. e-mail address {optional) original must accompany your permit application. C. Facility, Site or Individual Requiring Approval Copy2 must accompany your Northampton Sanitary Landfill fee payment. 1. Name of Facility, Site Or Individual Copy 3 should be Glendale Road retained for your 2. Street Address records Northampton MA 01060 413-587-1570 4. Both fee-paying 3. City/Town 4. State 5. Zip Code 6. Telephone# 7. Ext. and exempt applicants must 8. DEP Facility Number {if Known) 9. Federaii.D. Number {if Known) 10. BWSC Tracking# {if Known) mail a copy of this transmittal form to: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0. Application Prepared by {if different from Section B)* DEP P.O. Box 4062 Dufresne-Henry Boston, MA 1. Name of Firm Or Individual 02211 136 West Street, Suite 203 2. Address *Note: Northampton MA 01060 413-584-4 776 104 3. City/Town 4. State 5. Zip Code 6. Telephone# 7. Ext.# For BWSC Permits, enter the LSP. James R. Laurila 8. Contact Person 9. Number {BWSC Permits only) E. Permit - Project Coordination 1. Is this project subject to MEPA review? 0 yes D no If yes, enter the projects EOEA file number- assigned when an Environmental Notification Form is submitted to the MEPA unit: 12351 EOEA File Number F. Amount DueDEPUse Only Special Provisions: 1. ~ Fee Exempt {city, town or municipal housing authority){state agency if fee is $100 or less).Permit No: There are no fee exemptions for BWSC permits, regardless of applicant status. 2. D Hardship Request- payment extensions according to 310 CMR 4.04{3){c).Recd Date: 3. D Alternative Schedule Project {according to 310 CMR 4.05 and 4.10). 4. D Homeowner {according to 310 CMR 4.02).Reviewer: Check Number Dollar Amount Datetr-formw.doc • rev. 11/04 Page 1 of 1
  • 6. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility 10# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment InstructionsImportant:When filling out BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for New Site Assignment:forms on thecomputer, useonly the tab key The information requested on this application form must be supplied when filing an Application for a newto move your Site Assignment pursuant to the provisions of the Site Assignment Regulations for Solid Wastecursor- do not Management Facilities, 310 CMR 16.00.use the retumkey. The form is divided into six parts that are to be completed as follows:~ I. General Information: All Applicants complete Part I.~ II. Facility Specific Criteria: Part II is divided into three sections, IIA For landfills, II.B. For combustion facilities, and II.C. For waste handling and processing facilities. Applicants should complete only the appropriate section. Ill. General Criteria: All Applicants complete Part Ill. IV. Integrated Solid Waste Management: Complete Part IV only if the proposed facility is a landfill or combustion facility. V. Waiver: Complete Part V only if a waiver is requested. VI. Signatures and Certification: All Applicants must sign the application in Part VI. BWP SW 38 Site Suitability Report for a Major Modification of a Site Assignment: The information requested on this application form must be supplied when filing an Application for a major modification of an existing Site Assignment pursuant to the provisions of the Site Assignment Regulations for Solid Waste Management Facilities at 31 0 CMR 16. 22{2). When applying for a Major Modification, the applicant need only complete those sections of the form that concern criteria affected by the major modification as determined in writing by the Department. The applicant shall obtain this written determination from the Solid Waste Section in the DEP Regional Office prior to completing and submitting this application. General Information: The Applicant should refer to the regulations themselves when completing the Application form. The Application form provides a format for presenting the information required to determine whether the site meets the criteria set forth in the Site Assignment Regulations themselves. The Application form is not a substitute for the regulations, and the Applicant is responsible for providing all the information relevant to evaluating the suitability of the site in accordance with 310 CMR 16.00.sw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01,38 ·Page 1 of42
  • 7. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention -Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment Instructions (cont.) The application form is annotated with section numbers, enclosed in {braces}, that reference sections in the regulations. These references are included to make it easier to consult the regulations for guidance in completing the application. The references are abbreviated in that, for example, 310 CMR 16.05(2) is written as {16.05(2)}. Completing the Application Form: This application form contains three types of questions or requests for information: 1) Requests that documents be attached (e.g., maps). Please attach these documents and note on the application form where these documents can be found. 2) Questions that require a written response. Questions that require a very brief response may be answered in the space provided on the form itself. Longer responses should be attached to the form and the location of the attachment identified in the space provided. 3) Questions that require a "yes" or "no" response. Put an "X" in the appropriate box and indicate in the space provided where additional information or information supporting the response can be found.sw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 2 of 42
  • 8. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment Section I. General Information Instructions: All Applicants should complete Part I. A. Site Location and Project Description Please provide the information requested. 1. Project name: Northampton Sanitary Landfill Phase 58 Expansion Name of Project 2. Site address: Glendale Road Street Northampton MA 01060 City!Town State Zip Code 3. Type of facility: 12$1 landfill D combustion D waste handling and processing 4. Total area of the site, including all buffer zones: 51.5 acres 5. Total area to be site assigned for solid waste activities: 4.1 (landfill area) - Phase 58 acres 6. Capacity and expected life of proposed facility: a. State the maximum daily capacity of the proposed facility in tons per day. (This number should represent the maximum amount of waste to be accepted on any single day.): 325 tpd, 50,000 tpy tons per day b. State the average daily capacity of the proposed facility and describe how the average was computed: 200 tpd average daily capacity (tons per day) Annual tons divided by number of operating days in a year, rounded up to next 10 how average was computedsw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 3 of 42
  • 9. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention - Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment A. Site Location and Project Description (cont.) c. State the yearly capacity of the proposed facility and, if the capacity is expected to change over the life of the facility, indicate the capacity in each year the proposed facility is expected to operate: 50,000 tons per year yearly capacity Expected change in capacity (if applicable): Expected yearly capacity Year d. State the number of years the facility is expected to operate: 21 years e. State the total lifetime capacity of the proposed facility: Phase 5 and 58: 2,237,000 cubic yards capacity based on conceptual plans 7. Type of Waste: What type of waste will be accepted at the proposed facility? (check all that apply) [g] municipal solid waste [g] construction and demolition waste 0 industrial waste [g] other, please specify: wastewater treatment plant grit & screenings 8. Project Description: describe the proposed project: Expansion of existing landfill to adjacent parcel owned by the City of Northampton.sw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 4 of 42
  • 10. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention -Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# known) of an Existing Site Assignment B. Applicant Identification 1. Identify the owner of the site: City of Northampton, Department of Public Works Name 125 Locust Street Street Address Northampton MA 01060 City!Town State Zip Code 413-587-1570 Telephone George Andrikidis, Director of Public Works 413-587-1570 Contact Person Contact Telephone 2. Identify the operator of the proposed facility if the owner has entered into an agreement with an operator: N/A Name Street Address City!Town State Zip Code Telephone Contact Person Contact Telephone C. Fees {16.08(4)} 1. Proof of Payment: Documentation must be submitted showing that the requirements for paying the Technical Fee to the Board of Health as per 16.08(4) have been satisfied. Proof of payment may be either (please check which one you have provided): [8J Document from the Board of Health stating that the Board of Health has waived the technical fee or that the Applicant has satisfied the Technical Fee payment requirements; or D Receipt showing that the Applicant has paid the Maximum Technical Fee to the municipality. Location of Attachment: Appendix A section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 5 of 42
  • 11. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment C. Fees {16.08(4)} (cont.) 2. Amount of Maximum Technical Fee: Enter the Maximum Technical Fee as computed using Appendix A of 310 CMR 16.99: N/A Maximum Technical Fee D. Collection Center for Household Hazardous Waste Does the applicant intend to apply, pursuant to 310 CMR 30.190, for approval to operate a collection center for hazardous waste from households on the proposed site? DYes [8] No If "yes," the Applicant should contact the Permitting Section of the Bureau of Waste Prevention in the appropriate DEP Regional Office. E. Declaration of Waiver Request {16.08(5)(c)} 1. Is a waiver from any of the site suitability criteria being requested under provisions of 310 CMR 16.40(6)? (If "yes," complete Part VA of this application form.) [8] Yes D No 2. Is a waiver from any of the requirements of Part I of 310 CMR 16.00 being requested under provisions of 310 CMR 16.18? (If "yes," complete Part V.B. of this application form.) D Yes [8] No F. Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) {16.08(5)(d)} Indicate which one of the following is attached to the application: D Evidence that the project does not require MEPA review. D Certificate from the Secretary of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs stating that an Environmental Impact Report is not required. D Evidence that the MEPA process does apply and the Secretary has determined that an EIR is required. (Note: The DEP will not complete its technical review of the application until the applicant submits the Certificate from the Secretary of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs stating that the Final Environmental Impact Report is acceptable.) [8] Certificate from the Secretary of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs stating that the Final Environmental Impact Report is acceptable.sw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 6 of 42
  • 12. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention -Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# {if known) of an Existing Site Assignment F. Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) {16.08(5)(d)} (cont.) Location of Attachment: Section 1, Page 1-1 and Appendix A MEPA Certificate for Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) section and/or page numbers G. Wetlands Resources 1. Buffer Zone: Is any part of the proposed site located within 100 feet of any wetlands? [8] Yes D No 2. Riverfront Area: Is any part of the site located within a riverfront area? [8] Yes D No 3. Floodplain: Is any part of the proposed site located within a 100-year floodplain? [8] Yes D No If the answer to question I.G.1, I.G.2 or I.G.3 is "yes," please describe what activities, if any, will occur within the 100-foot buffer zone, the riverfront area or the 100-year floodplain. Respond here or identify location of attached response: No landfilling activities will occur within the 100-foot buffer zone of state jurisdictional wetlands, the riverfront area or the 100-year floodplain. However, the project proposes to fill 0.9 acres of isolated vegetated wetland that is under the local jurisdiction of the Northampton Conservation Commission. section and/or page numbers 4. Order of Conditions: Will an Order of Conditions under the Wetlands Protection Act (c.131, s.40) be required? [8] Yes D No 5. Variance: Will a variance from the Wetlands regulations be required? DYes [8] Nosw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01 , 38 • Page 7 of 42
  • 13. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment H. Maps 1. Ground Water Contour Map: Has a ground water contour map for the site been developed? DYes ~ No If Yes, please attach the map and identify the location of the attachment: section and/or page numbers Please submit the following with the Application: 2. Locus Map: A US Geological Survey (USGS) topographic map of at least 8.5 x 11 inches in size (7.5 minute series scale) should be attached which clearly delineates the proposed site boundaries and shows all access roads to the proposed site. Identify the attachment: Appendix F Figures section and/or page numbers 3. Water Resources Site Plan: The following information regarding water resources should be indicated on a site plan (scale no larger than one inch equals two hundred feet) that covers the site plus a one- half mile extension in all directions from the site boundary. Please refer to the definitions at 31 0 CMR 16.02 for guidance on the meaning of the terms. • All wetlands, associated buffer zones and riverfront areas as defined in 310 CMR 10.00 • All 100-year flood plains • All surface water bodies (rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, reservoirs etc), • All perennial streams draining to surface drinking water supplies, • All private water supply wells • All public water supply wells • All or any fractions of Interim Wellhead Protection Areas (IWPA) or Zone II areas • All or any fractions of Proposed Drinking Water Source Areas • All or any fraction of a Zone A or B of a surface water supply Identify the location of the attachment: Appendix B Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan and Priority Resources Map (MassGIS) section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01 , 38 • Page 8 of 42
  • 14. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention -Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment H. Maps (cont.) 4. Land Use Site Plan: The following information regarding land use should be indicated on a site plan (scale no larger than one inch equals two hundred feet) that covers the site plus a one-half mile extension in all directions from the site boundary: • All wildlife management areas, • All Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) as established by the Secretary of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA), • All lands actively devoted to agricultural or horticultural uses and lands classified as Prime, Unique, or of State and Local Importance by the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service; • All of the Following Open Space Protected Areas: • state forests • state or municipal parklands or conservation land, or other open space held for natural resource purposes in accordance with Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution • MDC reservations • lands with conservation. preservation, agricultural, or watershed protection restrictions approved by the Secretary of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs • conservation land owned by private non-profit land conservation organizations that is open to the public • All residential dwellings on site and within 500 feet (1000 feet for landfills) of the property boundary, • All occupied commercial buildings within 500 feet of the property boundary, • All of the following: • health care facilities • prisons • Elementary Schools • middle schools • high schools • childrens pre-schools • licensed day care centers • senior centers • youth centers • Other Solid Waste Facilities • All proposed waste handling areas on the site, • All proposed areas of waste deposition on the site, • All buildings and other facilities proposed on the site, • All access roads on the site and traffic flow off the site, • All abutting properties and their appropriate zoning designation (include any zoning abbreviations in plan legend). • The zoning designation of the proposed site. Identify the location of the attachment: Appendix B Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan and Land Use Map (MassGIS) section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 9 of 42
  • 15. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment Section II. Facility Specific Criteria Part II is divided into three sections. Complete only the appropriate section. II.A. Landfills II.B. Combustion Facilities II.C. Waste Handling and Processing Facilities A. Landfills {16.40(3)(a)} Complete Part II .A., if Site Assignment is sought for a landfill. 1. Zone II of Existing Public Water Supply {16.40(3)(a)1.}: Will any area of waste deposition be located within the designated Zone II area of an existing public water supply well? ~Yes D No Location of supporting information or comments: Section 2.1, Page 2-1 and Appendix B Priority Resources Map (MassGIS) section and/or page numbers 2. IWPA of Existing Public Water Supply {16.40(3)(a)2.}: If the Zone II of an existing public water supply well has not been determined, will any area of waste deposition be within the Interim Wellhead Protection Area (IWPA) as defined at 310 CMR 22.02? DYes ~ No If "Yes" see the note at Question II.A.4. and identify where additional information is attached: section and/or page 3. Zone II or IWPA of a Proposed Drinking Water Source Area {16.40(3)(a)3.}: Will any area of waste deposition be within the area of a Zone II or Interim Well Head Protection Area (IWPA) of a proposed drinking water source area for which the documentation necessary to obtain a source approval has been submitted prior to the earlier of either the site assignment application, or if the MEPA process does apply, the Secretarys Certificate on the Environmental Notification Form or Notice of Project Change, or where applicable, the Secretarys Certificate on the EIR or Final EIR; DYes ~ No If "Yes" see the note at Question II.A.4. and identify where additional information is attached: section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01, 38 ·Page 10 of 42
  • 16. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility 10# known) of an Existing Site Assignment A. Landfills {16.40(3)(a)} (cont.) 4. 15,000 Feet Upgradient of Existing Public Water Source Well or Proposed Drinking Water Source Area {16.40(3)(a)4.}: In instances where the Zone II has not been calculated, will any area of waste deposition be 15,000 feet or less hydraulically upgradient of an existing public water source well or proposed drinking water source area? DYes f2J No See the note and identify where additional information is attached: section and/or page numbers Note: If the answer to Questions II.A.2., 3, or 4 is "YES," the applicant may conduct and submit with this application a preliminary Zone II study, approved of by the Department, showing that the waste deposition area would be beyond the Zone II of the public water supply well or proposed drinking water source area in question. Alternatively, the applicant may prepare and submit, with this application, other evidence showing the well or proposed drinking water source area and the ground water under the proposed site are not hydraulically connected The Applicant should consult with the DEP Drinking Water Program in the Bureau of Resource Protection prior to conducting a preliminary Zone II investigation to determine the scope of the investigation. At a minimum, the preliminary Zone II submittal should consist of: 1) A review and discussion of all available pertinent geologic and hydrologic data including bedrock and surficial geologic maps, hydrologic data reports and atlases, consultant reports, and pumping test reports; 2) An estimate and orientation of the regional hydraulic gradient across the well site; 3) A preliminary conceptual model of the aquifer, including a discussion of pertinent recharge and till boundaries; and 4) A preliminary estimate of the Zone II area as defined in the Drinking Water Programs Water Supply Guidelines. 5. Danger to existing or proposed drinking water source area {16.40(3)(a)5.}: State why a discharge from the facility would not pose a danger to any existing or proposed drinking water source area. Respond here or identify where the response is attached: Appendix L include the results of a contaminant transport model that illustrates that the proposed landfill expansion does not present a risk to the future water quality at the Maloney Well in Easthampton. section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 11 of 42
  • 17. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility 10# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment A. Landfills {16.40(3)(a)} (cont.) 6. Sole Source Aquifer {16.40(3)(a)6.}: Will any area of waste deposition be located within the recharge area of a designated sole source aquifer? (Sole Source Aquifers are designated by the US Environmental Protection Agency. To inquire as to whether a site is located above a Sole Source Aquifer contact the US Environmental Protection Agency, Region I, Ground Water Management Section.) 0 Yes lSI No Identify location of attached information: Appendix B Priority Resources Map (MassGIS) section and/or page numbers If the answer to question II.A.6. is "yes," then the site is not suitable unless the criteria in 310 CMR 16.40(3)(a)6.a., b. and c. are met. Attach documentation showing that these criteria are satisfied. Identify location of attached information: section and/or page numbers 7. Zone of Contribution or Recharge Area {16.40(3)(a)7.}: Is any area of waste deposition within the zone of contribution of an existing public water supply or proposed drinking water source area, or the recharge area of a surface drinking water supply, pursuant to a municipal ordinance or by-law enacted in accordance with M.G.L. c. 40A, § 9? lSI Yes 0 No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Section 2.1, Page 2-1 and Appendix B Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan section and/or page numbers 8. Zone A orB of Surface Drinking Water Supply {16.40(3)(a)8.}: Will any area of waste deposition be within the Zone A or Zone B of a surface water supply? 0 Yes lSI No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01,38 • Page 12 of42
  • 18. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention -Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment A. Landfills {16.40(3)(a)} (cont.) 9. Perennial stream draining to Surface Drinking Water Supply {16.40(3)(a)9.} Will any area of waste deposition be located within 400 feet upgradient, as defined by groundwater flow or surface water drainage, of a perennial water course that drains to a surface water supply that itself is within one mile of the waste deposition area? DYes ~ No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix F Site Locus and Appendix B Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan section and/or page numbers 10. Potentially Productive Aquifer {16.40(3)(a)10.}: Will any area of waste deposition be within a Potentially Productive Aquifer? DYes ~ No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan section and/or page numbers If the answer to question II.A.1 0. is "yes," then the site is not suitable unless documentation is attached showing that either 16.40(3}(a)10.a., b. or c. applies. Identify location of attached documentation: section and/or page numbers 11. Within 1000 feet Upgradient or Otherwise within 500 Feet of an Existing or Potential Private Water Supply Well {16.40(3)(a)11.}: Will any area of waste deposition be within 1000 feet upgradient, and where not upgradient, within 500 feet, of a private water supply well existing or established as a potential supply at the time of submittal of the application? DYes ~ No Identify location of supporting information or comments Appendix B Water Resources, Land Use Site Plan and Conceptual Grading Plan with Aerial Underlay section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01,38 ·Page 13 of42
  • 19. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility 10# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment A. Landfills {16.40(3)(a)} (cont.) If the answer to question II.A.11 is "yes," attach documentation showing a valid option to purchase each such supply. Also indicate whether a replacement drinking water supply will be provided. Identify the location of attached documentation: page numbers 12. Four Feet Depth to Ground Water {16.40(3)(a)12.}: Will the maximum high ground water level under any area of waste deposition be less than four (4) feet below the lowermost level of the waste or, if a liner system is employed, four feet below the bottom of the lower most liner? DYes [3J No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Section 2.3, Page 2-2 section and/or page numbers 13. Wetlands 16.40(3)(a)13.}: Will any area of waste deposition or any leachate containment structure be within any resource area, including the 100 year floodplain, protected by the Wetlands Protection Act? DYes [3J No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Section 2.4, Page 2-2 section and/or page numbers 14. 400 Feet to a Lake or 200 feet to a Riverfront Area {16.40(3)(a)14.}: Will any area of waste deposition or any leachate containment structure be within 400 feet of a lake or within 200 feet of a Riverfront Area as defined in 310 CMR 10.00, that is not a drinking water supply? DYes [3J No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Conceptual Grading Plan section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 14 of 42
  • 20. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment A. Landfills {16.40(3)(a)} (cont.) 15. 1000 Feet to Various Occupied Facilities {16.40(3)(a)15.}: Will any area of waste deposition be within 1000 feet of any of the following (excluding equipment storage or maintenance structures): • an occupied residential dwelling, • health care facility • prison, • Elementary School • middle school • high school • childrens pre-school • licensed day care center • senior center • youth center D Yes r8] No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Conceptual Grading Plan and Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan section and/or page numbers If the answer to II.A.15. is "yes", attach documentation showing evidence of a valid option to purchase the facility in question. Identify location of attached documentation: section and/or page numbers 16. Ground water Protection System {16.40(3)(a)16.}: Will a ground water protection system be employed? r8] Yes D No If a ground water protection system will be employed, describe the general features and components of the system which will prevent the migration of leachate and avoid adverse impact to the ground water. If a ground water protection system will not be employed, demonstrate that the facility will not discharge leachate that presents a threat of adverse impact to ground water. Identify location of attached explanation: Section 2.5, Page 2-3 section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 15 of 42
  • 21. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention -Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment B. Combustion Facilities {16.40(3)(c)} Complete Part II.B. if site assignment is sought for a combustion facility. 1. Zone I of Public Water Supply {16.40(3)(c)1.}: Will any waste handling area be within the Zone I of a public water supply? 0 Yes 0 No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbers 2. IWPA or Zone II of Existing Supply or Proposed Drinking Water Source Area {16.40(3)(c)2.}: Will any waste processing area be within: a) the Interim Wellhead Protection Area (IWPA) of an existing public supply 0 Yes D No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbers b) Zone II of an existing public water supply DYes 0 No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbers c) a proposed drinking water source area, provided that the documentation necessary to obtain a source approval has been submitted prior to the earlier of either the site assignment application, or if the MEPA process does apply, the Secretarys Certificate on the Environmental Notification Form or Notice of Project Change, or where applicable, the Secretarys Certificate on the EIR or Final EIR, 0 Yes D Nosw0138ap.doc.doc o 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 o Page 16 of 42
  • 22. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention -Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment B. Combustion Facilities {16.40(3)(c)} (cont.) Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbers If the answer to all the above is "No," do not respond to the following and go on to section 11.8.3. If the answer to any of the above is "Yes," respond to the following requests: Supply information to demonstrate to the Department that the risk of an adverse impact to the ground water will be minimized. Identify location of attached information: section and/or page numbers Supply information to demonstrate to the Department that at least one of the following is true: 1) The proposed facility cannot reasonably be sited outside the IWPA or Zone II. 2) If the site has been previously used for solid waste management activities, there would be a net environmental benefit to the ground water by siting the facility within the Zone II or the IWPA. Identify location of attached information: section and/or page numbers 3. Zone A of Surface Water Supply {16.40(3){c)3.}: Will the waste processing area be within the Zone A of a surface water supply? DYes D No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 17 of 42
  • 23. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment B. Combustion Facilities{16.40(3)(c)} (cont.) 4. Within 500 feet Upgradient or Otherwise within 250 Feet of an Existing or Potential Private Water Supply Well {16.40{3)(c)4.}: Will the waste processing area be within 500 feet upgradient, and where not upgradient, within 250 feet, of a private water supply well existing or established as a potential supply at the time of submittal of the application? DYes D No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbers If the answer to question 11.8.4 is "yes," attach documentation showing a valid option to purchase each such supply. Also indicate whether a replacement drinking water supply will be provided. Identify location of attached documentation: section and/or page numbers 5. Two Foot Depth to Ground Water {16.40(3){c)5.}: Will the maximum high ground water level be less than 2 feet below the surface in any waste handling or processing area? DYes D No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbers If "yes," indicate how the project can be designed to maintain a two foot separation. Identify location of explanation: section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 18 of 42
  • 24. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention -Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment B. Combustion Facilities {16.40(3)(c)} (cont.) 6. 500 Feet to Various Occupied Facilities {16.40{3){c)6.}: Will any waste handling or processing area be within 500 feet of any of the following {excluding equipment storage or maintenance structures): • an occupied residential dwelling, • health care facility • prison, • Elementary School • middle school • high school • childrens pre-school • licensed day care center • senior center • youth center D Yes D No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbers If the answer to 11.8.6. is "yes", attach documentation showing evidence of a valid option to purchase the facility in question. Identify location of attached documentation: section and/or page numbers 7. Riverfront Area {16.40{3}{c)7.}: Will the waste handling area be within the Riverfront Area as defined at 310 CMR 10.00? DYes D No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01,38 • Page 19 of 42
  • 25. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment C. Waste Handling and Processing Facilities {16.40(3)(d)} Complete Part II.C if site assignment is sought for a waste handling and processing facility (all facilities other than landfills and combustion facilities). 1. Zone I of Public Water Supply {16.40(3)(d)1.}: Will any waste handling area be within the Zone I of a public water supply? DYes D No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbers 2. IWPA or Zone II of Existing Supply or Proposed Drinking Water Source Area {16.40(3)(d)2.}: Will any waste handling or processing area be within: a) the Interim Wellhead Protection Area (IWPA) of an existing public supply DYes 0 No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbers b) the Zone II of an existing public water supply DYes 0 No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbers c) a proposed drinking water source area, provided that the documentation necessary to obtain a source approval has been submitted prior to the earlier of either the site assignment application, or if the MEPA process does apply, the Secretarys Certificate on the Environmental Notification Form or Notice of Project Change, or where applicable, the Secretarys Certificate on the EIR or Final EIR, DYes 0 Nosw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 20 of 42
  • 26. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention -Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility 10# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment C. Waste Handling and Processing Facilities {16.40(3)(d)} (cont.) Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbers If the answer to II.C.2.a, b and c is "No," do not respond to the following and go on to section II.C.3. If the answer to II.C.2.a, b or cis "Yes," respond to the following requests. Supply information to demonstrate to the Department that the risk of an adverse impact to the ground water will be minimized. Identify location of attached information: section and/or page numbers Supply information to demonstrate to the Department that at least one of the following is true: 1) The proposed facility cannot reasonably be sited outside the IWPA or Zone II. 2) If the site has been previously used for solid waste management activities, there would be a net environmental benefit to the ground water by siting the facility within the Zone II or the IWPA. Identify location of attached information: section and/or page numbers 3. Zone A of Surface Water Supply {16.40(3)(d)3.}: Will the waste handling or processing area be within the Zone A of a surface water supply? 0 Yes 0 No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 21 of 42
  • 27. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention -Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment C. Waste Handling and Processing Facilities {16.40(3)(d}} (cont.) 4. Within 500 feet Upgradient or Otherwise within 250 Feet of an Existing or Potential Private Water Supply Well {16.40(3)(d)4.}: Will the waste handling or processing area be within 500 feet upgradient, and where not upgradient, within 250 feet, of a private water supply well existing or established as a potential supply at the time of submittal of the application? DYes D No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbers If the answer to question II.C.4 is "yes," attach documentation showing a valid option to purchase each such supply. Also indicate whether a replacement drinking water supply will be provided. Identify location of attached documentation: section and/or page numbers 5. Minimum Distances to Various Occupied Facilities {16.40(3)(d)5.}: a) Is the facility a transfer station using a fully enclosed storage system such as a compactor unit that proposes to receive less than or equal to 50 tons per day of solid waste DYes D No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbersNote: b) Is the waste handling area 250 feet or less from any of the following (excluding equipmentRespond to this storage or maintenance structures)question if theanswer to • an occupied residential dwelling,question a)above is "Yes." • health care facility • prison, • Elementary School • middle school • high school • childrens pre-school • licensed day care center • senior center • youth center DYes D Nosw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 22 of 42
  • 28. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention -Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment C. Waste Handling and Processing Facilities {16.40(3)(d)} (cont.) Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbersNote: c) Is the waste handling area 500 feet or less from any of the following (excluding equipmentRespond to this storage or maintenance structures)question if theanswer to • an occupied residential dwelling,question a) • health care facilityabove is "No." • prison, • Elementary School • middle school • high school • childrens pre-school • licensed day care center • senior center • youth center DYes D No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbers 6. Riverfront Area {16.40(3)(d)6.}: Will the waste handling area be within the Riverfront Area as defined at 310 CMR 10.00? DYes D No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 23 of 42
  • 29. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention -Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility 10# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment C. Waste Handling and Processing Facilities {16.40(3)(d)} (cont.) 7. Two Foot Depth to Ground Water {16.40(3)(d)7.}: Will the maximum high ground water level be less than 2 feet below the surface in any waste handling or processing area? 0 Yes 0 No Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbers If "yes," indicate how the project can be designed to maintain a two foot separation. Identify location of explanation: section and/or pagesw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 24 of 42
  • 30. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention -Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment Section Ill. General Criteria {16.40(4)} All applicants should complete all sections of Part Ill. Note: When a response includes a description of a potential adverse impact, the applicant should describe both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the potential impact. A. Agricultural Land {16.40(4)(a)} 1. Does the site contain any land classified as Prime, Unique, or of State and Local Importance by the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service? DYes [g) No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan and Land Use Map (MassGIS) section and/or page numbers 2. Does the site contain any land deemed Land Actively Devoted to Agricultural or Horticultural Uses, except where the facility is an agricultural composting facility? DYes [g) No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan and Land Use Map (MassGIS) section and/or page numbers 3. Will the facility be less than 100 feet from any land classified as Prime, Unique, or of State and Local Importance by the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service? DYes [g) No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan and Land Use Map (MassGIS) section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 25 of 42
  • 31. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility 10# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment A. Agricultural Land {16.40(4)(a)} (cont.) 4. Will the facility be less than 100 feet from any land deemed Land Actively Devoted to Agricultural or Horticultural Uses, except where the facility is an agricultural composting facility? DYes [8] No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan and Land Use Map (MassGIS) section and/or page numbers B. Traffic Impacts {16.40(4)(b)} 1. ENF/EIR Accepted by MEPA If the applicant prepared an Environmental Notification Form (ENF) to comply with the requirements of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), please attach all portions of the ENF that are relevant to traffic impacts. If the applicant was also required to submit an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to comply with MEPA, please attach all portions of the EIR relevant to traffic impacts. [8] ENF/EIR traffic impacts attached D ENF/EIR not required Identify location of attachments or comments: Section 3.1, Page 3-1 section and/or page numbers 2. ENF/EIR Not Required by MEPA If no ENF or EIR was required to comply with MEPA, please provide the following information in an attachment: a) Maximum number of trips to the site per day by type of vehicle: b) Indicate, by vehicle type, the anticipated number of trips that will be made on each of the roads serving the facility. c) Identify any intersections, school zones, hospitals, or other locations on the roads serving the facility that may be adversely impacted by traffic accessing the site.sw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 26 of 42
  • 32. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment B. Traffic Impacts {16.40(4)(b)} (cont.) Identify the location of the attached information or comments section and/or page numbers C. Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat {16.40(4)(c)} The Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife administers the programs dealing with the Wildlife and Wildlife Habitats referred to in these questions. The NHESP should be contacted to obtain the information and documentation needed to respond to the questions in this section. The applicant must obtain a specific response from NHESP regarding the proposed site and attach the response to this application. 1. Habitat of Endangered, Threatened, or Special Concern Animal or Plant: Is the proposed site within the habitat of a state-listed Endangered, Threatened, or Special Concern animal or plant, as documented by the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program in its database? [SJ Yes D No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Section 3.2, Page 3-1 section and/or page numbers 2. Ecologically Significant Natural Communities: Is the proposed site located in or adjacent to an area described on the most recent map of Ecologically Significant Natural Communities as documented by the Natural Heritage Program in its database? DYes D No Identify location of supporting information: Section 3.2, Page 3-1 section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 27 of 42
  • 33. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment C. Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat {16.40(4)(c)} (cont.) 3. Wildlife Management Area: Is the proposed site located in an area adjacent to or with the potential to impact upon a Wildlife Management Area designated and managed by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife? DYes [ZJ No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Section 3.2, Page 3-1 section and/or page numbers Instructions: If the answer to any of the above questions (III.C.1., III.C.2. or III.C.3.) is "yes," and the proposed facility does have the potential to adversely impact one or more Endangered, Threatened, or Special Concern animals or plants or Wildlife Management Area, then answer questions Ill. CA. and, if necessary, III.C.5. If the answer to each of the above questions (III.C.1., III.C.2. and III.C.3.) is "no," do not answer question III.C.4. or III.C.5. 4. Adverse Impact on Habitat: Will the proposed site have an adverse impact on the habitat of a state- listed Endangered, Threatened, or Special Concern animal or plant, Ecologically Significant Natural Community, or Wildlife Management Area, as determined by the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program? (Attach determination from NHESP.) Identify location of supporting information or comments: No- See Section 3.2, Page 3-1 section and/or page numbers Instructions: If the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program has determined there will not be an adverse impact, do not answer question III.C.5. If NHESP determined there is a potential for an adverse impact, respond to question III.C.5. 5. Mitigation of Adverse Impacts: If there is a determination by the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program that the proposed facility may potentially impact the habitat of a state-listed Endangered, Threatened or Special Concern animal or plant, Ecologically Significant Natural Community, or Wildlife Management Area, are there any reasonable mitigation measures the proponent may use to minimize or eliminate any adverse impacts? [ZJ Yes D No If "no," then the site is unsuitable and the proposed facility shall not be sited. If "yes," then with regard to this criterion the site may be assigned with conditions which will meet Division of Fisheries and Wildlife approval for mitigation of the adverse impacts. The mitigation measures proposed shall be appended to this application.sw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 28 of 42
  • 34. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention - Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment C. Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat {16.40(4)(c)} (cont.) Identify location of supporting information or comments: Section 3.2, Page 3-1 section and/or page numbers D. Areas of Critical Environmental Concern {16.40(4)(d)} Programs for designating and protecting Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) are administered by the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA). EOEA should be contacted to obtain the information and documentation needed to respond to the questions in section 111.0. Responses by EOEA should be appended to this application. A specific response from EOEA is not required when EOEAs data show the site is not located near any ACEC. 1. Site Within ACEC: Is the proposed site located within the boundaries of an area designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern by the Secretary of EOEA? DYes lSI No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Priority Resource Map (MassGIS) section and/or page numbers If the answer to question 111.0.1. is "yes, the site is not suitable. 2. Site Adjacent to ACEC: Is the proposed site adjacent to an ACEC with the potential to impact the resources designated by the Secretary of EOEA as worthy of protection? (As defined in 16.02, "adjacent" may include areas not contiguous to the boundaries of the site.) DYes lSI No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Priority Resource Map (MassGIS) section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 29 of 42
  • 35. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment D. Areas of Critical Environmental Concern {16.40(4)(d)} (cont.) 3. Mitigation Measures: If there is a determination by EOEA that the proposed facility may potentially adversely impact the ACE€, are there any reasonable mitigation measures the proponent may use to minimize or eliminate any adverse impacts? DYes D No If "no," the site is not suitable. If "yes," then with regard to this criterion the site may be assigned with conditions which will meet EOEA approval for mitigation of the adverse impacts. The mitigation measures proposed shall be appended to this application. Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbers E. Protection of Open Space {6.40(4)(e)} 1. State Forests: Will the proposed solid waste management facility have an adverse impact on the physical environment of, or on the use and enjoyment of state forests? DYes I2Sl No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan and Land Use Map (MassGIS) section and/or page numbers 2. State or Municipal Lands: Will the proposed solid waste management facility have an adverse impact on the physical environment of, or on the use and enjoyment of state or municipal parklands or conservation land, or other open space held for natural resource purposes in accordance with Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution? DYes I2Sl No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan and Land Use Map (MassGIS) section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 30 of 42
  • 36. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention -Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment E. Protection of Open Space {6.40(4)(e)} (cont.) 3. MDC Reservation: Will the proposed solid waste management facility have an adverse impact on the physical environment of, or on the use and enjoyment of MDC reservations? DYes r8J No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan and Land Use Map (MassGIS) section and/or page numbers 4. Lands Protected by EOEA Restrictions: Will the proposed solid waste management facility have an adverse impact on the physical environment of, or on the use and enjoyment of lands with conservation. preservation, agricultural, or watershed protection restrictions approved by the Secretary of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs? DYes r8J No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan and Land Use Map (MassGIS) section and/or page numbers 5. Privately Owned Public Conservation Land: Will the proposed solid waste management facility have an adverse impact on the physical environment of, or on the use and enjoyment of conservation land owned by private non-profit land conservation organizations and open to the public? DYes [8J No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan and Land Use Map (MassGIS) section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 31 of 42
  • 37. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment F. Air Quality Impacts {16.40(4)(f)} Instructions: If the proposed facility is a combustion facility, complete only section lll.f.1. If the proposed facility is not a combustion facility, complete only section lll.f.2. 1. Air Quality Impacts: Combustion Facilities The Applicant shall, pursuant to the Air Pollution Control regulations, 310 CMR 7.02, submit a complete application to the Department for its review. The application shall be submitted on forms furnished by the Bureau of Waste Prevention. A copy of the permit application shall be appended to this application. In addition to the Air Quality Control application, the Applicant shall provide information on any populations within the area impacted by emissions from the facility which might be sensitive to the projected emissions from the facility. Information should include relevant health statistics for the impacted population. Identify location of supporting information or comments: section and/or page numbers 2. Air Quality Impacts: Non-Combustion Facilities a) Characterize the possible airborne emissions from the proposed facility. Include the composition and quantity of possible emissions. Indicate how these emissions are expected to vary over the life of the facility. Also characterize any other air emissions associated with the proposed facility such as emissions from vehicles. b) Demonstrate that the anticipated emissions from the facility will meet required state and federal air quality standards and criteria and otherwise will not constitute a danger to the public health, safety or the environment. Take into account the concentration and dispersion of emissions, the number and proximity of sensitive receptors and the attainment status of the area. Identify location of supporting information or comments: Section 3.3, Page 3-2 section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 32 of 42
  • 38. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) / of an Existing Site Assignment G. Nuisance Conditions {16.40(4)(g)} For each of the following nuisance conditions that could occur during the construction and/or operation of the proposed facility, indicate the extent of the possible nuisance conditions and the measures that will be taken to mitigate or prevent the occurrence of the nuisance condition: • Noise, • Dust, • Litter; • Vectors such as rodents and insects, • Odors, • Bird hazards to air traffic, and • Other nuisance conditions (please specify). Identify location of supporting information or comments: Section 3.4, Page 3-2 section and/or page numbers H. Size of Facility {16.40(4}(h)} Explanation: The information requested in this section is needed to determine whether the size of the site, considering access roads, areas for vehicles to wait before unloading, unloading facilities, storage areas, waste processing areas and pollution control equipment, is adequate for a facility with the proposed daily capacity. 1. Discussion: Discuss the waste delivery, unloading, and handling (including processing and storage) activities and pollution control equipment to demonstrate whether the size of the site is adequate to properly manage the proposed facility. Be specific with respect to the proposed capacity of the facility. Identify the location of supporting information or comments: Section 3.5, Page 3-4 section and/or page numbers 2. 100 Foot Set Back: Will the waste handling area or deposition area be less than 100 feet from any property boundary except where the property boundary borders a separate solid waste management facility? DYes [8J Nosw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 33 of 42
  • 39. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment H. Size of Facility {16.40(4)(h)} (cont.) Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Conceptual Grading Plan section and/or page numbers I. Areas Previously Used for Solid Waste Disposal {16.40(4)(i)} 1. Previous Solid Waste Activities: Have the proposed site or any of the abutting properties been previously used for the legal or illegal disposal of solid wastes? [81 Yes D No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Appendix B Conceptual Grading Plan section and/or page numbers If "yes," please supply the following information and append to this application: a) Address: The address of the area previously used for the disposal of solid waste, b) Owner: The owner and the address of the owner of the area previously used for the disposal of solid waste, c) Dimensions: The dimensions of the area previously used for the disposal of solid waste, d) Status: Current status of the area previously used for the disposal of solid waste (e.g., active, inactive), e) Impacts on Site: The nature and extent to which the area previously used for the disposal of solid waste currently impacts or threatens to impact the proposed site, f) Impacts of Site: The nature and extent to which the proposed site may impact the area previously used for the disposal of solid waste, g) Combined Impacts: The nature and extent of any combined impacts from the area previously used for the disposal of solid waste and the proposed facility to public health, safety or the environment (Include factors such as ground water contamination and surface water runoff.), h) Mitigation: The extent to which use of the proposed site would result in mitigation of existing or potential impacts from the previously used site through remediation, closure or other activities.sw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 34 of 42
  • 40. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment I. Areas Previously Used for Solid Waste Disposal {16.40(4)(i)} (cont.) Identify location of supporting information or comments: Section 3.6, Page 3-5 section and/or page numbers J. Existing Disposal Facilities {16.40(4)(j)} 1. Existing Disposal Facilities in Municipality: Are there any existing (active or inactive) disposal facilities (solid waste landfills or combustion facilities) in the municipality in which the proposed site is located? ~Yes D No Identify the location of supporting information or comments: Section 3.6, Page 3-5 and Appendix B section and/or page numbers 2. Exclusive Use of Facility: Will the proposed facility be limited to the exclusive use of the municipality in which the proposed facility is to be sited? DYes ~ No Identify the location of supporting information or comments: Section 3.7, Page 3-6 section and/or page numbers Instructions: If the answer to III.J.1. is "yes" and the answer to III.J.2. is "no," please provide the information requested in III.J.3. Otherwise, go on to question III.K. 3. Existing Facility Identification: Provide the following information about the existing disposal facility or facilities in the municipality in which the proposed site is located: a) Existing facility identification (name, address, type of facility): b) How much of the waste (tons/day) accepted at the proposed facility will be generated in the municipality in which the facility is located? c) What percentage of the waste accepted at the proposed facility will come from the municipality in which the site is located?sw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 35 of 42
  • 41. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility 10# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment J. Existing Disposal Facilities {16.40(4)(j)} (cont.) d) Discuss to what extent the proposed facility meets the needs of the region in which the site is located. e) Explain to what extent the proposed facility incorporates recycling, composting and waste diversion. (Refer to other responses, if appropriate.) Identify the location where the information is attached: Sections 3.6, Page 3-5 and Section 3.7, Page 3-6 section and/or page numbers K. Other Sources of Contamination or Pollution {16.40(4)(k)} Attach an evaluation of whether the projected impacts of the proposed facility pose a threat to public health, safety or the environment, taking into consideration the impacts of existing sources of pollution or contamination as defined by the Department, and whether the proposed facility will mitigate or reduce those sources of pollution or contamination. The Department has prepared a guidance document that describes how to make this evaluation. The document is titled, Interim Risk-Evaluation Guidance Document for Solid Waste Site Assignment and Permitting in Support of 310 CMR 16.00 and 19.000 (first issued June 8, 2001). This guidance document, including its title, will be revised from time to time. Please contact the Department or visit the Departments web site to obtain the most recent version of the guidance document. The applicant should contact the Department to discuss the scope of work prior to undertaking the evaluation. Identify the location of the attached evaluation: Section 3.8, Page 3-6 section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 36 of 42
  • 42. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility 10# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment L. Regional Participation 1. Municipal Participation in Regional Disposal: Does the municipality in which the proposed site is located now participate in a regional disposal facility? [2j Yes D No Identify location of supporting information or comments: Sections 3.6, Page 3-5 and Section 3.7, Page 3-6 section and/or page numbers Instructions: If the answer to question III.L.1. is "Yes," supply the information requested in question III.L.2. Otherwise, go on to part IV. 2. Proposed Facility: Provide the following information about the proposed facility: a) How much of the waste (tons/day) accepted at the proposed facility will be generated in the municipality in which the facility is located? b) What percentage of the waste accepted at the proposed facility will come from the municipality in which the site is located? c) Discuss to what extent the proposed facility meets the needs of the region in which the site is located. d) Explain to what extent the proposed facility incorporates recycling, composting and waste diversion. (Reference other responses, if appropriate.) Identify the location of the information or comments: Sections 3.6, Page 3-5 and Section 3.7, Page 3-6 section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 37 of 42
  • 43. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment Section IV. Integrated Solid Waste Management {16.40(5)} Instructions: Complete Part IV only if site assignment is sought for a Landfill or Combustion facility. It is likely that the information requested in Part IV will have been included in the EIR submitted to complete the MEPA process. If this is the case, the applicant should attach the relevant sections from the EIR that was accepted by the Secretary of EOEA. If all the information requested below is not included in the EIR attach additional information. In order to complete this section, the Applicant will need information on the Commonwealths goals for recycling and composting and for establishing a statewide integrated solid waste management (ISWM) system. This information is contained in the Commonwealths Solid Waste Master Plan which is available on the DEPs web site or by calling the DEP. The Master Plan is periodically revised and may be updated by issuing annual Status Reports, so it is important to make sure you have the current version before completing this application. A. Capacity Need {16.40(5)(a)1.} Demonstrate the need for the capacity that will be provided by the proposed facility. For each year of the expected life of the proposed facility identify the sources (residential, commercial, industrial) of the solid waste that will supply the amount of waste equal to the proposed capacity. Please be as specific as possible in identifying "sources." Include the municipalities in which the waste will be generated and the type of waste (demolition/construction, wood waste, sludge, ash, special wastes, commercial wastes, household wastes, etc.). Show how the capacity that will be provided by the proposed facility will contribute to providing the capacity needed by the Commonwealth as identified in the most recent Solid Waste Master Plan and/or most recent annual Status Report. B. Waste Diversion {16.40(5)(a)2.} Explain how the proposed facility will maximize the diversion of recyclable and compostable materials from the waste prior to combustion or landfilling. Include a discussion of how the proposed facility will coordinate with other facilities or programs to maximize the diversion. C. Contribution to ISWM {16.40(5)(a)3.} How will the proposed facility contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a statewide system for integrated solid waste management? Include a discussion of how the proposed facility will complement the other facilities in the service area.sw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 38 of 42
  • 44. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention -Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment D. Recycling and Composting {16.40(5)(b)} Explain to what extent the proposed facility itself incorporates recycling and composting and explain how the proposed facility will be integrated into the recycling and com posting activities in the service area. Identify the location of the information requested in Part IV: Sections 3.6, Page 3-5 and Section 3.7, Page 3-6 section and/or page numberssw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 39 of 42
  • 45. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment Section V. Waivers A. Site Suitability Criteria Waiver {16.40(6)} The Site Suitability Criteria Waiver Application should be completed only if the applicant is seeking a waiver from one or more of the Site Suitability Criteria set forth in the Site Assignment Regulations, 310 CMR 16.40(3} or the setback distance at 310 CMR 16.40(4}(h}. (The intention to seek a waiver must be noted in Part I of the Site Assignment Application Form.) Note: As required by 310 CMR 16.08(5)(c), an application for a waiver must be accompanied by all data and documentation necessary to support the waiver request. [8] Check here if a waiver from the Site Suitability Criteria is requested. Identify the location of the information requested in V.A.1 through V.A.9: Section 4.1, 4-1 section and/or page numbers 1. Criteria: Identify the Site Suitability Criteria in 310 CMR 16.40(3) or 310 CMR 16.40(4)(h) from which a waiver is sought and for each explain the nature of the waiver being requested. 2. Hardship: State the nature of the hardship which would result if a waiver were not granted. 3. Interest Served: State the community, regional or state public interest that would be served by granting the waiver. 4. Maintain Protection: Explain why granting the waiver will not result in less protection of the public health and safety and the environment than would exist in the absence of the waiver. 5. Alternative Site: Explain why the proposed facility cannot be located at another site in the affected municipality or region at which a waiver would not be needed. 6. Preferred Municipality: Is the proposed site located in a preferred municipality as defined in MGL c.111, s. 150A1/2? (A "preferred Municipality" is a municipality that does not have existing disposal facilities and is not part of a regional waste disposal district.) 7. Environmental Benefit: Will granting the waiver result in any environmental benefits in excess of those benefits achievable in the absence of a waiver? Explain. 8. Integrated Solid Waste Management: Explain how the proposed facility contributes to integrated solid waste management. 9. Waiver Needed for Project Goals: Explain why the solid waste management objectives of the proposed project could not be achieved in the absence of the waiver.sw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01 , 38 • Page 40 of 42
  • 46. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention -Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment B. Waiver from Application Process {16.18} This waiver application should be completed only if the applicant is seeking a waiver from one or more of the provisions of Part I (310 CMR 16.01-16.19) of the Site Assignment Regulations that deals with the application process. (The intention to seek a waiver must be noted in Part I of the application form.) Note: As required by 310 CMR 16.08(5)(c), an application for a waiver must be accompanied by all data and documentation necessary to support the waiver request. D Check here if a waiver from the Application Process is requested. Identify the location of the information requested in V.B.1 through V.B.4. 1. Regulatory Provision: Identify the provision of the regulations from which a waiver is being requested and explain the specific nature of the request. 2. Interest Served: State the community, regional or state public interest that would be served by granting the waiver. 3. Interference with Suitability Evaluation: State why the granting of the waiver would not interfere with the ability of the Board of Health to evaluate the Suitability of the proposed site. 4. Public Review and Comment: State why granting the waiver would not diminish the ability of the general public to review and comment on the proposed project.sw0138ap.doc.doc • 2102 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 41 of 42
  • 47. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Prevention- Solid Waste Management W074719 BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Report for a New Site Transmittal Number Assignment BWP SW 38 Site Suitability for a Major Modification Facility ID# (if known) of an Existing Site Assignment VI. Signatures and Certification {16.08(5)(e)} A. Land Owners Signature Where the applicant is not the owner of the legal title to the land described as the "site" in this application, the owner or other person Owners Signature with control of the site pursuant to an order of a court of competent jurisdiction shall sign the Date application here: B. Applicants Signature and Certification I certify under penalty of law that I have personally examined and am familiar with the information submitted in this document and all Applicants" Signature attachments and that, based on my inquiry of those individuals immediately responsible for obtaining the information, I believe that the information is true, accurate and complete. I am aware that there are significant penalties both civil and criminal for submitting false information including possible fines and imprisonment.sw0138ap.doc.doc • 2/02 BWP SW 01, 38 • Page 42 of 42
  • 48. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill -Phase 5B Expansion Table of ContentsSite Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) TABLE OF CONTENTSBWP SW 01 APPLICATIONSECTION 1 MASSACHUSETTS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT .......... 1-1SECTION 2 FACILITY SPECIFIC CRITERIA2.1 ZONE II FOR THE EASTHAMPTON MALONEY WELL ....................................... 2-12.2 WITHIN 1000 FEET OF A POTENTIAL PRIVATE WATER SUPPLY WELL ...... 2-22.3 FOUR FEET DEPTH TO GROUND WATER ............................................................ 2-22.4 WETLANDS ................................................................................................................. 2-22.5 GROUNDWATER PROTECTION SYSTEM ............................................................. 2-3SECTION 3 GENERAL CRITERIA3.1 TRAFFIC IMPACTS .................................................................................................... 3-13.2 WILDLIFE AND WILDLIFE HABITAT .................................................................... 3-13.3 AIR QUALITY IMPACTS ........................................................................................... 3-23.4 NUISANCE CONDITIONS ......................................................................................... 3-3 3.4.1 Litter.................................................................................................................. 3-3 3.4.2 Dust ................................................................................................................... 3-3 3.4.3 Birds .................................................................................................................. 3-33.5 SIZE OF FACILITY ..................................................................................................... 3-43.6 AREAS PREVIOUSLY USED FOR SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL ............................ 3-53.7 REGIONAL PARTICIPATION ................................................................................... 3-63.8 OTHER SOURCES OF CONTAMINATION AND POLLUTION ............................ 3-703/06 -I - Dufresne-Henry
  • 49. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill -Phase 5B Expansion Table of ContentsSite Suitability Report (BWP SW 0 I)SECTION 4 WAIVER4.1 CRITERIA REQUIRING THE WAIVER ................................................................... 4-24.2 HARDSHIP ................................................................................................................... 4-34.3 INTEREST SERVED ................................................................................................... 4-44.4 MAINTAIN PROTECTION ........................................................................................ 4-4 4.4.1 Other Potential Contamination Sources ............................................................ 4-64.5 ALTERNATIVE SITE ................................................................................................. 4-6 4.5.1 Site Suitability Criteria ..................................................................................... 4-8 4.5.2 Site Screening Maps ......................................................................................... 4-8 4.5.3 Results of Siting Analyses .............................................................................. 4-124.6 PREFERRED MUNICIPALITY ................................................................................ 4-134.7 ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT ................................................................................ 4-134.8 INTEGRATED SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT .................................................. 4-134.9 WAIVER NEEDED FOR PROJECT GOALS ........................................................... 4-1303/06 - ii - Dufresne-Henry
  • 50. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill -Phase 5B Expansion Table of ContentsSite Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) LIST OF FIGURESSECTION 4 WAIVER4-1 GENERIC CONCEPTUAL LANDFILL ..................................................................... 4-9 LIST OF TABLESSECTION 4 WAIVER4-1 SITE SUITABILITY CRITERIA ............................................................................... 4-_LQ03/06 - lll - Dufresne-Henry
  • 51. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill -Phase 5B Expansion Table of ContentsSite Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) LIST OF APPENDICESAPPENDIX A MEPA CERTIFICATE AND BOARD OF HEALTH CORRESPONDENCEAPPENDIXB SITE SUITABILITY PLANS AND MAPSAPPENDIXC FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL WETLAND CORRESPONDENCEAPPENDIXD GROUNDWATER PROTECTION SYSTEMAPPENDIXE TRAFFIC IMP ACTSAPPENDIXF WILDLIFE AND WILDLIFE HABITATAPPENDIXG AIR QUALITY IMPACTSAPPENDIXH LITTERAPPENDIX I DUSTAPPENDIXJ BIRDSAPPENDIXK REGIONAL PARTICIPATIONAPPENDIXL MALONEY WELL ZONE II DELINEATIONAPPENDIXM CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT MODELAPPENDIXN EXCERPT FROM SWAP REPORTAPPENDIXO SITE SCREENING MAPS03/06 -IV- Dufresne-Henry
  • 52. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill- Phase 5B Expansion Section 1Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act SECTION 1 MASSACHUSETTS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACTAn Environmental Notification Form was submitted to Massachusetts Environmental PolicyAct (MEP A) office in October 2000 for the proposed Phase 5 landfill expansion (EOEANumber: 12351). The project proposes to create ten or more acres of impervious area andtherefore is subject to a mandatory Environmental Impact Report (EIR). MEPA issued acertificate dated December 8, 2000 requiring the preparation of a Draft Environmental ImpactReport (DEIR).Based on more recent and accurate topographic conditions and wetlands delineations, revisedplans for the Phase 5 Landfill expansion were prepared that revealed that the Phase 5expansion was larger than previously presented in the ENF. A Notice of Project Change(NPC) was submitted to the Secretary of Environmental Affairs on January 14, 2005 becausemore than 3 years had lapsed between the ENF and the submittal of the DEIR. The NPC alsodescribed updated project changes based on the revised landfill expansion plan.The DEIR was submitted to the Secretary of Environmental Affairs in September of2005 forthe Phase 5 and Phase 5B landfill expansion. MEP A issued a certificate dated October 31,2005 requiring the preparation of a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). The FEIRwas submitted to MEP A in December of 2005 and the Secretary of Environmental Affairsissued the FEIR certificate on January 27, 2006. The FEIR certificate stated that the projectadequately and properly complies with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act and itsimplementing regulations. A copy of the FEIR certificate is included in Appendix A.03/06 1- 1 Dufresne-Henry
  • 53. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill Phase 5B Expansion Section 2Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) Facility Specific Criteria SECTION 2 FACILITY SPECIFIC CRITERIA2.1 ZONE II FOR THE EASTHAMPTON MALONEY WELLThe Maloney well is a gravel-developed, Public Water Supply well located near the ManhanRiver approximately 500 feet east ofLovefield Street in the City of Easthampton. The wellwas installed in November 1975, and, based on a 4-daypumping test, the DEP, then knownas the Department of Environmental Quality Engineering (DEQE), approved a pumping rateof 1042 gpm or1.5 mgd. Due to high levels of manganese detected in water samples, theMaloney Well serves the City of Easthampton in a back-up capacity.The Maloney Well was selected by the DEP to be included in the Source Water ProtectionProgram (SWAP) Zone II Delineation Project. Zone II refers to the wellhead protection area,the land area that contributes water to a well under the worst case pumping and rechargeconditions. Tighe and Bond completed a conceptual Zone II delineation for the MaloneyWell in June 2001. The DEP approved pumping rate, in conjunction with an analysis of theregional geology and groundwater flow, and conservative assumptions about the aquifercharacteristics formed the basis for the Zone II delineation. The Northampton Landfill andthe Phase 5 expansion site is included within the northwestern boundary of the conceptualZone II delineation.The solid waste sign assignment regulations (31 0 CMR 16.40) state that a site shall not bedeemed suitable if the waste deposition area will be within a Zone II of an existing watersupply well. Section 4 of this document contains a waiver for this criterion in accordancewith the regulations. A contaminant transport model was completed, which evaluated theaquifer and the potential of movement of contaminants in the aquifer. The results of thetransport model are discussed in Section 4 of this document.03/06 2- 1 Dufresne-Henry
  • 54. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill Phase SB Expansion Section 2Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) Facility Specific Criteria2.2 WITHIN 1000 FEET OF A POTENTIAL PRIVATE WATER SUPPLY WELLA Conceptual Grading Plan and a Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan are included inAppendix B of this document that illustrate the proximity of the Phase 5B Expansion area toresidential homes and private water supply wells. The Conceptual Grading Plan contains aMass GIS aerial overlay from 2003 and includes a 1000-foot offset from the southeasternmost comer of the Phase 5B Expansion area. There are no residential homes within the1000-feet ofthe Phase 5B Expansion area.The Water Resources and Land Use Site Plan includes up-to-date information from theNorthampton Assessors, Planning and Board of Health Departments. This plan containslocations of private water supply wells located off of Park Hill Road, which is off of GlendaleRoad and south of the landfill. New homes have been built within this area as recently as2003 and 2004. The well locations were established by researching the Northampton Boardof Health Title 5 permit approvals for individual plot plans with septic system and welllocations. In accordance with 310 CMR 16.40 (3) (a) 11, there are no private drinking waterwells within 1000-feet up gradient, and where not up gradient, within 500 feet.2.3 FOUR FEET DEPTH TO GROUND WATERA hydrogeological study will be completed for the proposed expansion area in accordancewith the solid waste management facility regulations (31 0 CMR 19.000). The final landfilldesign will provide at least four feet of separation between the lowermost level of the linerand the maximum high ground water.2.4 WETLANDSWetland resource areas at the Phase 5/5B landfill expansion site have been delineated andapproved by the Northampton Conservation Commission in an Order of Resource AreaDelineation (ORAD) dated October 14, 2004. While the proposed expansion of the landfillwill not impact any federal or state resource areas, the project will result in the filling ofapproximately 0.9 acres of isolated vegetated wetland that is under local jurisdiction by the03/06 2-2 Dufresne-Henry
  • 55. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill- Phase 5B Expansion Section 2Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) Facility Specific CriteriaNorthampton Conservation Commission. This non-state jurisdictional isolated wetland wasreviewed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE). In correspondencedated August 11, 2004, the USACOE ruled that this isolated area does not meet the definitionof a federal wetland. Appendix C of this document contains copies of the ORAD issued bythe Northampton Conservation Commission and the USACOE correspondence regarding thenon-federal isolated wetland.Proposed landfill liners and leachate collection systems will be located outside resourceareas. It is possible that leachate pump stations and conveyance force mains may be withinbuffer zones.2.5 GROUNDWATER PROTECTION SYSTEMThe expansion will have a leachate containment and collection system for the protection ofgroundwater resources. The landfill will be designed with a double liner system with a leakdetention zone. A leachate collection system consisting of 18 inches of sand and piping willbe installed over the double liner to collect any leachate that is generated by rainwaterpercolating through the landfilled waste. Collected leachate will be pumped to the CityWastewater Treatment Facility for treatment. In addition, the City is required to routinelymonitor the groundwater quality at the site to determine any adverse impacts to groundwaterquality. The groundwater protection system will be designed to meet the requirements of thesolid waste management facility regulations (31 0 CMR 19 .000).Section 2.2.2.1 of the DEIR contains specific information pertaining to the design andconstruction of liner systems in keeping with the DEP solid waste management facilityregulations (31 0 CMR 19 .000). Section 2.2.2.2 of the FEIR includes details regarding theleachate collection system for the proposed expansion area that are in accordance the DEPpromulgated changes to the Solid Waste Management Regulations that went into effect onOctober 7, 2005 listed at 310 CMR 19.110(9). Excerpted Sections 2.2.2.1 of the DEIR and2.2.2.2 ofthe FEIR are included in Appendix D ofthis document.03/06 2-3 Dufresne-Henry
  • 56. Vlro!40:::lw
  • 57. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill- Phase 58 Expansion Section 3Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) General Criteria SECTION 3 GENERAL CRITERIA3.1 TRAFFIC IMPACTSThe site is an existing operational landfill and recycling facility and the proposed expansionis located on the adjacent parcel. The existing landfill is permitted to accept 50,000 tons peryear of solid waste and is permitted to accept a peak daily tonnage of275 tons. Due to dailyfluctuations in the waste stream, the facility must sometimes close near the end of the daywhen the daily peak tonnage limit is met. To provide greater operational flexibility, the Citywill be requesting an increase in the peak daily tonnage from 275 tons per day (tpd) to 325tpd, while keeping the annual tonnage limit of 50,000 tons.A description of existing traffic conditions was provided in Section 4.3 of the DEIR. Section5.9.2 and Appendices Land M of the DEIR contain a complete traffic analysis associatedwith both the Phase 5 and Phase 5B expansion areas. The results of the projected increase inoccasional new trips resulting from a daily permit increase are minor and will not affect thelevel of service (LOS) at the intersections studied. Appendix E of this document containsexcerpted Sections 4.3 and 5.9.2 and Appendices Land M of the DEIR.3.2 WILDLIFE AND WILDLIFE HABITATIn accordance with the 2005 version of the Natural Heritage and Endangered SpeciesProgram Atlas, the site does contain both Estimated Habitat and Priority Habitat for rareand/or endangered species (See Appendix F, NHESP Map). A copy of correspondence fromthe Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) regarding their review ofthe Notice of Project Change for this project is included in Appendix F. In accordance withthe Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife website, there are no wildlife management areaswithin Northampton.03/06 3- 1 Dufresne-Henry
  • 58. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill - Phase 5B Expansion Section 3Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) General CriteriaSections 1.3.6, 1.5.2, 4.8, 5.2, 6.2, 7.2, and Appendix F of the FEIR evaluates project impactsand mitigation plans as necessary to address rare species habitat issues on the project site andto avoid a filing pursuant to the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) and itimplementing regulations (321 CMR 10.00). The proposed mitigation measures arereasonable and were developed with input from NHESP to eliminate the potential for adverseimpacts on the habitat area. In a letter from NHESP dated January 20, 2005, the agency hasdetermined that based on information submitted in the FEIR, the project will not result in a"take" of Eastern Box Turtle or Spotted Turtle provided the proponent complies with themitigation measures discussed in the FEIR. This letter also contains furtherrecommendations regarding the proposed turtle nesting habitat management and the Townsadjacent land acquisition discussed in the FEIR. Copies of the pertinent sections andAppendix F of the FEIR and correspondence from NHESP are in Appendix F of thisdocument.3.3 AIR QUALITY IMPACTSThe DEIR contains information regarding dust, odor, air toxics and noise for the entire Phase5 Expansion area. Specifically, the DEIR characterizes the possible airborne emissions fromthe proposed expansion areas and demonstrates how the anticipated emissions from thefacility will meet required state and federal air quality standards and criteria. The DEIRincludes specific information pertaining to: fugitive dust emissions and associated mitigationtechniques; odor dispersion modeling; air toxic analyses; and noise impacts and associatedmitigation measures for both existing conditions and the proposed expansion areas. Section4.2 of the DEIR describes the air quality, odor and noise for the existing landfill and sections5.4.2, 5.5.2, 5.6.2 and 5.7.2 discuss the odor, air toxics, dust and noise for the proposedexpansion. Appendix J and Appendix K of the DEIR contain air quality modeling and noisemodeling information for the facility. Finally, Section 7.4, 7.5 and 7.6 ofthe DEIR includeinformation on mitigation measures that the facility will meet in compliance with requiredstate and federal air quality standards and criteria. Appendix G of this document contains theexcerpted sections from the DEIR referenced above.03/06 3-2 Dufresne-Henry
  • 59. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill -Phase 5B Expansion Section 3Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) General Criteria3.4 NUISANCE CONDITIONS3.4.1 LITTERA common operational issue at solid waste landfills is windblown litter. At times windblownlitter is difficult to control and needs to be frequently picked up. Ongoing application ofdaily cover can assist in litter control. However, the use of portable and/or permanentfencing placed downwind of the active area should confine most windblown material.Windblown litter is collected daily at this facility. These means oflitter control will beemployed during the operation of the Phase 5 and 5B landfill. Section 4.1. 7.3 of the FEIRcontains detailed information regarding litter control at the existing landfill. Appendix H ofthis document contains excerpted Section 4.1.7.3 of the FEIR.3.4.2 DUSTIn any construction project, including a landfill operation, vehicles traveling on unpavedroads will create dust during dry weather. Dust will also result from wind blowing oversurfaces of bare soils. Dust will be controlled by applying water to gravel roadway surfacesand by sweeping any paved surfaces. Landfill areas that reach final grade should be cappedand vegetated in accordance with the regulations. Calcium chloride may also be used tocontrol dust. To minimize dust generation, areas of the site which are unvegetated may bevegetated with grasses and main access roads will be paved. Section 4.2.3 of the DEIRdiscusses the results of a dust assessment that was completed for the existing landfill andSection 7.5 of the DEIR describes mitigation measures that will be used to reduce fugitivedust impacts. Copies ofthese excerpted sections from the DEIR are included Appendix I ofthis document.3.4.3 BIRDSBird control at landfills is important because an improperly operated landfill may result inlarge numbers ofbirds, particularly gulls. Birds are attracted to landfills due to food source atthe active area of filling. Proper compaction and application of daily cover will aid inreducing bird populations by limiting the food supply for the scavenging birds. Alternativemeasures used for bird control include propane cannons and other scare tactics. The landfill03/06 3- 3 Dufresne-Henry
  • 60. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill- Phase 5B Expansion Section 3Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) General Criteriacurrently has a permit from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Department to take gulls. These birdcontrol techniques will be used during the operations in the Phase 5 area.A more complete discussion of the potential for nuisance conditions and mitigation measuresis detailed in Section 4.1.7.2 the DEIR for Phase 5 and Phase 5B. Appendix J of thisdocument contains the excerpted Section 4.1. 7.2 of the DEIR.As discussed previously in Section 3.3, Air Quality Impacts, the DEIR includes specificinformation pertaining to fugitive dust emissions and associated mitigation techniques; odordispersion modeling; air toxic analyses; and noise impacts and associated mitigationmeasures for both existing conditions and the proposed expansion areas. Appendix G of thisdocument includes all excerpted sections from the DEIR that address air quality impacts atthe existing landfill and proposed expansion area.3.5 SIZE OF FACILITYThe Phase 5B landfill expansion has a total area of about 4.1 acres and is immediately east ofthe 15.6-acre Phase 5 area that began the Site Assignment process in 2000. The entireexpansion area includes 29.2 acres, which includes a 9 .5-acre overlap onto the existingadjacent capped landfill. The overall Phase 5 site area is 51.5 acres and is more thanadequate for the landfill expansion and other required infrastructure such as access roads,stormwater control facilities, leachate pump stations, etc.The maximum elevation of the proposed expansion is 365, the proposed peak daily amountof accepted solid waste is 325 tons/day, and the proposed annual tonnage remains at 50,000tons per year. The gross volume of the expansion is 2.237 million cubic yards (usable airspace) with an estimated operational life of 21 years.The Phase 5 and Phase 5B expansion areas will have a leachate containment and collectionsystem for the protection of groundwater resources. The area will be designed with a doubleliner system and a leak detection zone. The leachate collection system will consist of 1803/06 3-4 Dufresne-Henry
  • 61. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill- Phase SB Expansion Section 3Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) General Criteriainches of sand and piping installed over the double liner to collect any leachate which isgenerated by rainwater percolating through the landfilled waste. Collected leachate will bedirected to the onsite leachate treatment facility prior to final treatment at the CityWastewater Treatment Facility.Commercial waste haulers and other trucks will enter the site through the north gate offGlendale Road. The scale facility will be relocated to the north gate in 2007. After beingweighed at the scale, the trucks will proceed to the active area of landfilling to unload.Although traffic queuing is not a problem with the current operation, the expansion will haveapproximately 1000 feet of access road available for vehicle to queuing. After depositing theload each truck will then proceed back to Glendale Road by the scale house. The residentswill continue to use the existing drop off facility at the south gate off of Glendale Road. Theproposed Phase 5 area is an expansion of the Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill andwill have the same day-to-day operations that are currently employed.3.6 AREAS PREVIOUSLY USED FOR SOLID WASTE DISPOSALThe following summarizes information about the existing landfill and proposed expansion.Address: Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill 170 Glendale Road Northampton, MAOwner: City of Northampton City Hall, 210 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060Dimensions: Landfill Area is approximately 35.9 acres.Status: Active operations. Permitted capacity until approximately 2007.03/06 3-5 Dufresne-Henry
  • 62. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill- Phase 5B Expansion Section 3Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) General CriteriaImpacts on Site: The adjacent site is a capped unlined landfill and also a composite lined landfill. The proposed expansion site is hydraulically upgradient (groundwater) of the existing landfill and will overlap the northern portion of these existing landfill areas. Final expansion design must account for stormwater drainage from the existing landfill onto the expansion site.Impacts of Site: The proposed expansion will extend onto the existing capped landfill. The topsoil and vegetation will be removed from the capped landfill to allow for the new liner to be constructed, similar to the proposed Phase 4 construction. In 2007, the existing truck scale and scale house will be relocated to the proposed site for ease of truck traffic routing through the site.Combined Impacts: No impacts to public health, safety, or the environment are anticipated. Groundwater contamination is not expected to occur due to construction of a double liner with leak detection and leachate collection and treatment. Surface runoff is to be channeled to a proposed detention basin created to maintain stormwater protection for the existing waste disposal facility as well as the proposed site expanswn.Mitigation: As part of site operational sequencing the existing landfill will be capped after the Phase 5 expansion is constructed. No other mitigation is proposed or required at this time. The Northampton Landfill will continue to be monitored for combustible gas and testing of the groundwater.3.7 REGIONAL PARTICIPATIONAppendix K of this document contains excerpted Section 2.3 and 2.3.1 of the DEIR thatdescribes the current waste shed of the Northampton Landfill.03/06 3-6 Dufresne-Henry
  • 63. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill- Phase 5B Expansion Section 3Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) General Criteria3.8 OTHER SOURCES OF CONTAMINATION AND POLLUTIONIn October 2000 a Site Suitability Report for the 51 acre parcel and the 16.4 acres (Phase 5)of the expansion was submitted to DEP in accordance with the Site Assignment Regulations(310 CMR 16.000). DEP issued a Notice of Completeness (Report Number 214-002-B) incorrespondence dated November 17, 2000. Under the regulations in place at that time aFacility Impact Assessment was not required.After the Notice of Completeness was issued for the 51-acre site the site assignmentregulations were revised with the requirement that a Facility Impact Assessment becompleted for proposed facilities. The additional4.1 acres of landfill (now called Phase 5B)was the result ofthe concept design moving forward with up to date topographic andwetlands resource area information.Because the 51-acre expansion parcel site assignment application is "grandfathered" underthe previous version of the regulations, the City believes that a FIA is not warranted for thisPhase 5B application.03/06 3-7 Dufresne-Henry
  • 64. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill - Phase 5B Expansion Section 4Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) Waiver SECTION 4 WAIVERTwo separate site assignments are required for this expansion project, one for Phase 5 andone for Phase 5B. In October 2000, a Site Suitability Report for 16.4 acres of proposedlandfill on the expansion parcel was submitted to DEP in accordance with the SiteAssignment Regulations for Solid Waste Facilities (310 CMR 16.000). The DEP issued aNotice of Completeness (Report Number 214-002-B) in correspondence dated November 17,2000. This Notice of Completeness established a 500-foot setback from abutting residences.This setback was later changed to 1,000 feet when the regulations were revised. After thissubmission, DEP determined that the proposed project expansion site did not meet one of thefacility siting criteria. Specifically, the expansion site is located within the conceptual ZoneII area delineated for the Maloney water supply well in Easthampton, Massachusetts. TheZone II was delineated after the application was deemed complete.The regulations state that the proposed site for landfill facility is not suitable if "any area ofwaste deposition would be within a Zone II or Interim Wellhead Protection Area (IWP A) ofan existing public water supply well ... " (310 CMR 16.40(3)(a)2). In accordance with theprovisions in the Site Assignment Regulations (310 CMR 16.18 and 310 CMR 16.40(6)), theCity of Northampton is requesting a waiver from the Zone II site suitability criteria (31 0CMR 16.40(3)(a)2).Based on changes to the conceptual design limits of the Phase 5 landfill expansion, thelandfill increased in area. Discussion with DEP revealed that another Site Suitability ReportApplication must be submitted for the additional 4.1-acre area. This additional 4.1-acre areais subject to the current regulated 1000-foot setback from residential dwellings. This sitesuitability report application request a waiver from the Zone II criteria as discussed above.The application for Phase 5 and for Phase 5B will be coordinated so that only one publichearing with the Northampton Board of Health will be held for the Phase 5 and Phase 5BexpansiOn areas.03/06 4-1 Dufresne-Henry
  • 65. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill- Phase 5B Expansion Section 4Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) WaiverThe DEP has determined that the expansion area is located within the Zone II for theEasthampton Massachusetts Maloney Well. The Maloney Well is a gravel-developed, publicwater supply well located near the Manhan River approximately 500 feet east ofLovefieldStreet in the City of Easthampton. The well was installed in November 1975, and, based ona 4-day pumping test, the DEP, then known as the Department of Environmental QualityEngineering (DEQE), approved a pumping rate of 1042 gpm orl.5 mgd. Due to high levelsof manganese detected in water samples, the Maloney Well serves the City of Easthamptonin a back-up capacity.The Maloney Well Zone II delineation was completed as part of the DEP Source WaterProtection Program (SWAP) Zone II Delineation Project. Zone II refers to the wellheadprotection area, the land area that contributes water to a well under the worst case pumpingand recharge conditions. A conceptual Zone II delineation was completed for the MaloneyWell in June 2001. See Appendix L for the Zone II Delineation. The DEP approvedpumping rate, in conjunction with an analysis of the regional geology and groundwater flow,and conservative assumptions about the aquifer characteristics formed the basis for the ZoneII delineation.The following sections are organized to respond to the criteria listed in the Site SuitabilityReport Application Form.4.1 CRITERIA REQUIRING THE WAIVERThe proposed Phase 5/5B expansion is within the Zone II area of the Maloney Well, a publicwater supply well in Easthampton. The City of Northampton requests a waiver from 310CMR 16.40(3 )(a)( 1) which prevents the siting of a landfill in the Zone II of an existingpublic water supply.03/06 4-2 Dufresne-Henry
  • 66. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill- Phase 5B Expansion Section 4Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) Waiver4.2 HARDSHIPThe current Phase 4landfill is scheduled to reach final grade at the end of2007 or early 2008.If the Phase 5/5B expansion to the Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill is not sited thehardship will be the loss of the solid waste disposal facility that is relied on by the 44communities that send municipal or commercial solid waste to it. Of the 44 communities, 23send all of their waste to the Northampton Landfill. Each community would need to identifyand alternative location for its solid waste disposal needs.In the DEIR, "no build" scenarios were identified which involves allowing the existinglandfill facility to close in late 2007 early 2008 as the existing permitted capacity is filled,with future regional waste disposal needs met by hauling solid wastes to private vendorfacilities in Western Massachusetts or outside the region.Possible in-state disposal facilities in the Western Massachusetts Region have been identifiedthrough information published by DEP in the 3rd Annual Progress Report on the Beyond2000 Solid Waste Master Plan. Specifically, the following landfills facilities are identified ashaving air space remaining in 2008 and beyond: • Chicopee Landfill has permitted capacity through 2008 with potential additional capacity through 2013. • Granby Landfill has permitted capacity through 2007 with potential additional capacity through 2010. • South Hadley Landfill: has permitted capacity through 2013.It is possible that these facilities would need to file for a permit modification with DEP toaccept a portion of the 50,000 tons per year of solid waste currently being disposed at theNorthampton Sanitary Landfill. Since the 50,000 tons per year disposed of at theNorthampton Landfill comes from many different communities, it is most likely the tonnagewould be spread among several private facilities.03/06 4-3 Dufresne-Henry
  • 67. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill - Phase 5B Expansion Section 4Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) WaiverAccording to DEP data base information (Active MSW Combustion Facilities inMassachusetts, dated October 2004) there are two combustion facilities in the WesternMassachusetts region: • The Pioneer Valley Resource Recovery Facility in Agawam • The Pittsfield Resource Recovery facility in PittsfieldAgain, it is unknown if these facilities currently have the capacity to accept all the wastecurrently disposed of at the existing Northampton Landfill.This disposal of waste at these private facilities is not preferred by the City or othercommunities in the region since they will lose the ability to control the management of theirwaste disposal costs. The Phase 5/5B expansion allows the City and surroundingcommunities control of their solid waste disposal needs for over the next 20 years.4.3 INTEREST SERVEDThe regional interest in the Phase 5/5B expansion includes the 23 communities that send allof their collected solid waste to the landfill, and the other 16 communities that have signed acontractual agreement to use the Northampton landfill. These communities are listed inSection 2.3 of the DEIR (See Appendix K) The facility is permitted to accept 50,000 tonsper year of solid waste, which will have to find a new disposal facility ifthe NorthamptonLandfill Phase 5/5B expansion is not approved.4.4 MAINTAIN PROTECTIONThe waiver will not result in less protection of the public health, safety, and the environmentthan would exist in the absence of the waiver. This statement is based on the results of acontaminant transport model that was completed to evaluate the impact of a leachate releasefrom the Phase 5 landfill on the Maloney Well in Easthampton.03/06 4-4 Dufresne-Henry
  • 68. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill- Phase 5B Expansion Section 4Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) WaiverA summary report of the modeling completed and detailed results of the modeling werepresented in the DEIR. Several minor revisions to the report have been made since the DEIRfiling in order to address DEP comment. The report is located in Appendix M.An excerpt from Section 3 Summary of that document reads as follows:"A high degree of conservatism was used throughout the selection of model input parametersto overestimate potential impacts at the well. These are summarized as follows: • Overestimation of liner leakage and leachate volume release. • Selection of highest concentrations of representative contaminants evaluated in leachate from the Northampton Landfill and other Western Massachusetts landfills. • Modeling the leakage and leachate release for 30 to 80 years longer than the estimated life of the proposed Phase 5 Landfill expansion.The results of the modeling of the three contaminant specific release scenarios indicate thatno contaminant plume leaves the landfill site. In addition, the model for a theoreticalcontaminant release reveals that for a non-reactive pollutant the dilution factor is 6.7 xl0-5(99.99985%), meaning that there is near total dilution in the aquifer between the landfill siteand the well.Based on the results of the contaminant transport model described above, the proposed Phase5 Landfill does not present a risk to future water quality at the Maloney Well inEasthampton."Refer to the full text of the report in Appendix M for more technical information about thecontaminant transport model.03106 4-5 Dufresne-Henry
  • 69. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill - Phase 5B Expansion Section 4Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) Waiver4.4.1 OTHER POTENTIAL CONTAMINATION SOURCESOther than the existing Northampton Landfill and the proposed Phase 5 expansion, there aremany other potential contamination sources that threaten the water quality at the MaloneyWell. As part of the SWAP Report prepared for the Maloney Well, a survey was completedof potential contamination sources (PCS) within the boundaries of the conceptual Zone II forthe Maloney Well. A total of 91 potential contamination sources were identified. Theexcerpt from the SWAP report and the table summarizing the PCS locations can be found inAppendixN.Since the Phase 5/5B landfill expansion will be designed with a double-composite linersystem with leak detection it represents minimal risk to groundwater quality when comparedto these other potential contamination sources.4.5 ALTERNATIVE SITEAs required by the siting regulations, (310 CMR 16.40 (6) (c) (1) and (3)), the waiverapplication must review the availability of alternative project sites. This section discussesthe methods used for a site suitability analysis that determines both the minimum facility sizerequired to reasonably meet essential waste handling activities and the availability of othersuitable landfill sites in Northampton, Massachusetts.A sanitary landfill is an engineered facility that is designed for the final disposal of municipalsolid wastes. Sanitary landfills are strictly regulated facilities that must meet stringentrequirements for planning, siting, design, construction, operations, monitoring, closure andpost-closure. Minimum design standards have been set by the DEP for the location anddesign of sanitary landfill facilities in the Solid Waste Management Facility Regulations (310CMR 19.000). These standards are used to design the environmental control systems, suchas the liner and leachate collection system, surface water management design and relatedsystems. The DEP requires a double composite liner system for all new landfills. Thisdouble composite liner is constructed on a subgrade layer, consisting typically of on-sitesoils that have been screened to remove stones greater than three inches, compacted to03/06 4-6 Dufresne-Henry
  • 70. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill- Phase 5B Expansion Section 4Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) Waiverstable base for the double composite liner system. This liner system must also be designed toprovide minimum four-foot separation between the lowermost point of the liner and themaximum high groundwater elevation.The leachate collection system is constructed on top of the upper composite lining system andincludes a network of collection pipes contained within a drainage layer. The drainage layerconsists of 18 inches of sand (permeability (K)> 1x 1o-2 em/sec). The pipe network collectsand transports leachate from the drainage layer to a central storage point. Regulations alsostipulate minimum slope requirements for lateral collection lines and trunk lines. Collectionlines are typically perforated HDPE pipe. The spacing of collection lines is designed toensure that the hydraulic head of leachate can be maintained at less than one foot at theexpected flow except during storm events.Some ofthe minimum design criteria required by the DEP regulations (310 CMR 19.00) thatwere used to determine the minimum site size for a new landfill facility are summarized asfollows: • Maximum landfill side slopes of 3 (horizontal) to 1 (vertical); • Minimum final top slope of not less than 5 percent; • Storm water control systems must be providedIn order to seek out the availability of suitable landfill sites in Northampton, Massachusetts, aconceptual landfill design was completed using the aforementioned design criteria as well asadditional criteria listed below: • A gross landfill volume of 2.5 million cubic yards, equivalent to the Phase 5/5B Expansion volume; • The inclusion of a 15 foot wide terrace every 25 vertical feet on the landfill side slope for stormwater control; • Minimum of one acre on final top slope; • A 30-foot wide access road around the perimeter of the landfill site;03/06 4-7 Dufresne-Henry
  • 71. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill- Phase 5B Expansion Section 4Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) Waiver • A rectangular area equaling an acre for storm water control facilities that is 100 feet from the waste limit and 50 feet from the property line; • An access road into the landfill with a scale and a scale house; • A 100-foot offset of the landfill footprint from the property line.Designing a conceptual landfill allows for the determination of the minimum facility sizerequired to reasonably meet essential waste handling activities. Figure 4-1 depicts thisconceptual landfill. The minimum size requirement for a new landfill site is about 44 acres.4.5.1 SITE SUITABILITY CRITERIAOnce the minimum facility size is determined for a landfill, site suitability criteria listed at310 CMR 16.40 (3) can be used to determine if a proposed site is acceptable for use as alandfill facility. The criteria encompass a range of environmental impacts. Table 4-1, SiteSuitability Criteria, lists the criteria. These criteria were applied to the City ofNorthamptonto identify potential locations for the construction of a landfill facility.4.5.2 SITE SCREENING MAPSMassGIS data available in 2003 was used to apply the Site Suitability Criteria listed in theregulations to the City ofNorthampton to identify potential alternative locations for a newlandfill facility. A series of five maps were created that identified areas ofNorthampton thatmeet the various criteria.These maps are located in Appendix 0 and are entitled: • Water Supply Protection Map • Existing Land Use Map • Open Space and Environmental Conservation Map • Physical and Natural Resources Map • Composite Map03/06 4-8 Dufresne-Henry
  • 72. •- - ~ - - - - - - - ~ - - - - LANDFILL I 2.5 JVIILLION ,.-------------------100 --------------- GROSS CU. YDS. VOLUJVIE PARCEL 44 AC AREA 1 (ONE 280 ACRE) 208.1 1 ~ -- (ONE 1 11215 ACRE) STORJVIVIATER 225 CONTROL FACILITIElS 200 11_ n Tl 15 .... SCAL~ HOUSE AND f,CALE 125 100 ...... ~ 11 1 I ---------PERIMETER AC.C.ESS ROAD I SCALE:l =200 ..... 14Cf0 1 - Figure 4-1 Phase 5 Waiver Application Generic Conceptual Landfill Northampton, Massachusetts
  • 73. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill Phase 5B Expansion Section 4Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) WaiverTable 4-1SITE SUITABILITY CRITERIA(Required by Massachusetts Site Assignment Regulations for Solid Waste Facilities (31 0CMR 16.00) and the Solid Waste Management Facilities Regulations (310 CMR 19.00))Criteria LandfillFacility Specific Criteria (31 0 CMR 16.00)Outside Existing Water Supply Well Zone II Area XOutside Potential Public Water Supply Well Zone II Area XOutside Existing Interim Well Head Protection Area XOutside Potential Well Head Protection Area XGreater than 15,000 ft Upgradient of Existing Well XOutside Existing Drinking Water Source Area XOutside Potential Drinking Water Source Area XOutside Recharge Area of Sole Source Aquifer XOutside Recharge Area of a Surface Drinking Water Supply Pursuant to Municipal Ordinance XOutside the Zone A of a Surface Drinking Water Supply XOutside of the Zone B of a Surface Drinking Water Supply XDistance Up gradient of Perennial Water Course Draining To a Surface Drinking Water Supply > 400 feetOutside a Potentially Productive Aquifer XDistance Up gradient of a Private Water Supply Well > 1000 feetDistance to High Groundwater Table > 4 feetOutside Wetland Areas > 100 feetDistance to a Lake > 400 feetDistance to a Riverfront Area > 200 feetDistance to a Residential Dwelling, School, Hospital, Etc. >1000 feet03/06 4- 10 Dufresne-Henry
  • 74. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill- Phase 5B Expansion Section 4Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) WaiverTable 4-1 (Cont.)SITE SUITABILITY CRITERIA(Required by Massachusetts Site Assignment Regulations for Solid Waste Facilities (31 0CMR 16.00) and the Solid Waste Management Facilities Regulations (310 CMR 19.00))Criteria LandfillGeneral Criteria (310 CMR 16.00)Buffer from Agricultural Land > 100 feetTraffic and Access to the Site XWildlife and Wildlife Habitat XAreas of Critical Environmental Concern XProtection of Open Space XAir Quality Impacts XNuisance (Noise, Litter, Vectors, etc ... ) XDistance from Property Boundary > 100 feetAreas Previously Used for Solid Waste Disposal XExisting Facilities XOther Sources of Contamination or Pollution XRegional Participation XFacility Specific Criteria (310 CMR 19.00)Feasible Environmental Monitoring XThreat to Health, Safety or Environment XDistance Up gradient of a Surface DrinkingWater Supply > 2500 feetDistance from Holocene Time Fault Line > 200 feetSeismic Impact Zone Design FactorUnstable Area Design FactorFAA CriteriaDistance from Any Airport Runway > 10,000 feet03/06 4- 11 Dufresne-Henry
  • 75. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill- Phase 5B Expansion Section 4Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) WaiverFor example, the Water Supply Protection Map designated areas that were in a public watersupply, an Interim Wellhead Protection Area and a DEP approved Zone II Area. TheExisting Land Use Map delineated all ofNorthampton by land use (e.g., cropland, forest,wetland, residential, commercial, urban open, etc.). The Physical and Natural ResourcesMap delineated areas that had schools, hospitals, prisons, railroads, rivers, wetlands, waterbodies, etc. Isolation distances were also included on all maps (e.g., 1000-foot buffer aroundschools, prisons and hospitals; and 400-foot buffer around all waterways). In addition to theregulatory siting setback criteria, sites that have an existing topography of greater than 8percent were removed from consideration for landfill development, since such a steep slopemakes landfill containment and access road construction very difficult and also will carry apremium cost for construction. Finally, a Composite Map was created using all of the otherdata layers that designated areas as suitable and not suitable for a landfill.4.5.3 RESULTS OF SITING ANALYSESBased on the conceptual landfill design, an area of a minimum of 44 acres would be neededin order to reasonably meet essential waste handling activities. As depicted on theComposite Map, there are very few areas that are 44 acres in size or greater. Many areas thatmeet the siting criteria are located in developed residential or commercial, making themgenerally undesirable as the location for a new landfill facility. However, as depicted on theComposite Map, there appears to be an area on the western City line that meets these criteria.The site is located on the south side of Montague Road, north of Mineral Hill and northeastof Bald Hill.This area of Northampton is zoned rural residential (RR). The development of a landfill(defined as a Heavy Public Use) in this location would require a special permit issued by theCity Council and would also require a site plan approval from the City. These same localpermit steps are also required for the Phase 5/5B Expansion on Glendale Road. It isanticipated that there would be considerable opposition to siting a new facility in the westernhills area in Northampton, since the area is undisturbed forest surrounded by residences. Theexpansion of the existing facility is preferable to siting and constructing a new facility inanother area of the City since the landfill has been operational on Glendale Road for many03/06 4- 12 Dufresne-Henry
  • 76. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill Phase 5B Expansion Section 4Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) Waiveryears. In addition, the Phase 5/5B area is proposed in an old gravel pit and area that hasalready been significantly disturbed from past gravel operations.4.6 PREFERRED MUNICIPALITYThe City of Northampton is not a preferred municipality as defined in MGL c.lll s.150Al/2since the City has an existing disposal facility.4.7 ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITThe permit application asks: "Will granting the waiver result in any environmental benefitsin excess of those achievable in the absence of the waiver.?"The granting of the waiver for the Phase 5/5B expansion would result in the benefit ofcontinuing the operation of a regional disposal facility that is centrally located in the region inwhich it serves. The benefit is related to minimizing the distance trucks have to travel toreach the disposal facility, thus reducing air quality and traffic impacts.If the waiver is not granted and the 50,000 tons per year of solid waste is diverted to an in-state permitted landfill other environmental benefits, not related to transportation, wouldtheoretically be the same, since all siting criteria, landfill design and operation criteria wouldhave to be met.4.8 INTEGRATED SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENTSection 2.3 of the DEIR provides a detailed description of the facilitys contribution tointegrated solid waste management. This excerpt can be found in Appendix K.4.9 WAIVER NEEDED FOR PROJECT GOALSThe City of Northampton is proposing the development of a horizontal expansion (Phase5/5B) to the existing Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill on Glendale Road. For manyyears, the Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill has proven to be the cornerstone in the03/06 4- 13 Dufresne-Henry
  • 77. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill- Phase 5B Expansion Section 4Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) WaiverIntegrated Solid Waste Management Plan for many communities in the Pioneer Valley. Thenumber of communities that rely on this facility for disposal of waste is continuing toincrease. Through the efforts of the City of Northampton, the Franklin County Solid WasteManagement District, the Hilltown Resource Management Cooperative and the communitiesthemselves, excellent recycling access is provided and excellent rates are achieved in allcommunities that send residual waste materials to Northampton for disposal. The City ofNorthampton and the other user communities seek long term control over solid wastedisposal facility. Ifthe Phase 5/5B expansion cannot be developed by the City, the requireddisposal capacity must be provided by out-of-state facilities or by private companies in thewestern Massachusetts area.The Source Water Assessment Program Report for the Maloney Well identified 91 potentialcontamination sources within the Zone II area. Some of these sources are potentialcontamination sources and some of them are actual releases that have occurred, have assignedRelease Tracking Numbers, and are being regulated under the Massachusetts ContingencyPlan. There are many other smaller spills that have occurred that are not noted in the SWAPReport.Given all the existing and potential sources of contamination in the Zone II area of theMaloney Well, the Phase 5/5B Landfill Expansion would be one of the least likely potentialsources of contamination, since it will be constructed with a double composite liner with leakdetection, and it will be required to have ongoing groundwater monitoring at the site. AnAction Leakage Rate will be established during the DEP permit process that will requireinvestigation and remedial activity, if it is found that leachate is detected at a certain rate inthe secondary/detection collection zone. This type of containment system with leak detectionsubstantially reduces the likelihood that a release ofleachate to the groundwater will occur.DH developed a contaminant transport model for the Northampton Landfill Phase 5/5Bexpansion to determine the effects that a contaminant release at the site would have on the03/06 4- 14 Dufresne-Henry
  • 78. Northampton Regional Sanitary Landfill- Phase 5B Expansion Section 4Site Suitability Report (BWP SW 01) Waiverwater quality at the Maloney Well. The results of the model revealed that a leak or leachaterelease from the landfill would not have any adverse impact on the water quality at the well.The projects solid waste management objectives could not be achieved in the absence of thewaiver since the Phase 5/5B expansion can not otherwise receive a site assignment. It isrequested that DEP approve the requested waiver and issue a Conditional Positive SiteSuitability Report for this Phase 5/5B expansion site.03/06 4- 15 Dufresne-Henry