A. A person who owns or operates a facility that meets the reporting requirements prescribed by section 49-962 shall prepare and implement a pollution prevention plan that addresses a reduction in the use of toxic substances and the generation of hazardous wastes. By January 1, 1994, the director shall establish a numeric goal for the state for waste minimization. By January 1, 1999 the director shall establish a numeric goal for the state for toxic use reduction. For purposes of this section, "toxic substance" does not include material used or produced in connection with a mining or metallurgical operation.

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 49-963

  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Facility: means all buildings, equipment, structures and other stationary items located on a single site or on contiguous or adjacent sites and owned or operated by the same person or by any person who controls, is controlled by or is under common control with any person. See Arizona Laws 49-961
  • Generator: means a person who, by virtue of ownership, management or control, is responsible for causing or allowing to be caused the creation of hazardous waste. See Arizona Laws 49-961
  • Hazardous waste: means hazardous waste as defined in section 49-921. See Arizona Laws 49-961
  • including: means not limited to and is not a term of exclusion. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Month: means a calendar month unless otherwise expressed. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Person: means an individual, the United States, this state or a public or private corporation, local government unit, public agency, partnership, association, firm, trust or estate or any other legal entity. See Arizona Laws 49-961
  • Pollution: means the disposal of a toxic substance or hazardous waste into the air, land, surface water or groundwater. See Arizona Laws 49-961
  • Pollution prevention: means operational procedures and processes and improvements in housekeeping or management techniques that reduce potential or actual releases of pollutants to the overall environment including all air, water and land resources affected by those pollutants. See Arizona Laws 49-961
  • Recycling: means a reuse, further use, reclamation or extraction through a process or activity that is separate from the process or activity that produced the waste stream but does not include combustion or incineration. See Arizona Laws 49-961
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • toxics: means a toxic chemical listed pursuant to the pollution prevention act of 1990 (42 United States Code section 13102 (3)). See Arizona Laws 49-961

B. By December 31, 1992, the following shall file a plan as prescribed by this section:

1. A facility that shipped off site for purposes other than recycling the lesser of:

(a) Twelve thousand or more kilograms cumulative total of hazardous wastes in calendar year 1991.

(b) An average of one thousand kilograms or more per month cumulative total of hazardous waste in calendar year 1991.

2. A facility that shipped off site for purposes other than recycling an average of one kilogram or more per month cumulative total of acutely hazardous wastes, as defined in 40 Code of Federal Regulations part 261, in calendar year 1991.

C. By December 31, 1995, a facility that shipped off site for purposes other than recycling from ten thousand kilograms to twelve thousand kilograms cumulative total of hazardous wastes in calendar year 1994 shall file a plan as prescribed by this section.

D. From and after December 31, 1994, a facility that uses in excess of ten thousand pounds in a calendar year of a toxic substance as defined in section 49-961 shall file a pollution prevention plan by December 31 of the following year covering those toxic substances that exceed the threshold quantity. From and after December 31, 1998, the director may adopt by rule threshold quantities of toxic substances different from those established pursuant to this section if the director determines there is sufficient evidence to establish any one of the following:

1. The chemical is known to cause or can reasonably be anticipated to cause significant acute adverse human health effects at concentration levels that are reasonably likely to exist beyond the boundaries of a facility site as a result of continuous or frequently recurring releases, or to cause or can reasonably be anticipated to cause a significant adverse effect on the environment of sufficient seriousness to warrant inclusion in the pollution planning program because of any of the following:

(a) Its toxicity and persistence in the environment.

(b) Its toxicity and tendency to bioaccumulate in the environment.

2. The chemical is known to cause or can reasonably be anticipated to cause in humans either of the following:

(a) Cancer or teratogenic effects.

(b) Serious or irreversible reproductive dysfunctions, neurological disorders, heritable genetic mutation or other chronic health effects.

E. After December 31, 1992, a facility that meets the quantitative threshold filing requirements prescribed in subsection B of this section and that has not filed a plan with the department shall file a plan no later than December 31 of the following year.

F. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person required to file a toxic data report under section 49-962, subsection A, paragraph 1 shall prepare, submit and begin to implement a pollution prevention plan no later than December 31, 1992.

G. A facility required to prepare a pollution prevention plan under this section shall maintain and implement that plan until the facility ceases operation or the facility no longer meets the quantitative threshold filing requirements prescribed in this section.

H. A person who is not required to prepare a pollution prevention plan may voluntarily comply with this section and shall be deemed a generator who may certify compliance as prescribed by section 49-931, subsection A.

I. A person who owns or operates more than one facility that is required to prepare and implement a pollution prevention plan pursuant to subsection A of this section may prepare and implement a single pollution prevention plan that covers more than one facility.

J. The pollution prevention plan required by this section shall include all of the following:

1. The name and location of and principal business activities at the facility.

2. The name, address and telephone number of the owner or operator of the facility and of the senior official with management responsibility at the facility.

3. A certification by the senior official with management responsibility at the facility that he has read the plan and that it is to the best of his knowledge true, accurate and complete.

4. Specific performance goals for the prevention of pollution, including an explanation of the rationale for each performance goal. The plan must include a goal for the facility and may include goals for individual production processes.

5. A written policy setting forth management and corporate support for the pollution prevention plan and a commitment to implement the plan to achieve the plan goals.

6. A statement of the plan’s scope and objectives.

7. An analysis identifying pollution prevention opportunities to reduce or eliminate toxic substance releases and hazardous waste generation.

8. An analysis of pollution prevention activities that are already in place and that are consistent with the requirements of this article.

9. Employee awareness and training programs to involve employees in pollution prevention planning and implementation to the maximum extent feasible.

10. Provisions to incorporate the plan into management practices and procedures in order to ensure its institutionalization.

11. A description of the options considered and an explanation of why the options considered were not implemented.

K. The pollution prevention plan, at a minimum, shall cover a two-year time period and may cover a longer time period at the discretion of the facility.

L. Each owner and operator required to prepare and maintain a pollution prevention plan under this section shall file an annual progress report. The annual progress report shall both:

1. Analyze the progress made, if any, in pollution prevention including toxics use reduction, source reduction and hazardous waste minimization relative to each performance goal established and relative to the plan contents prescribed in subsection J, paragraphs 4 through 11 of this section. Pollution prevention achieved under previously implemented activities may also be included.

2. Set forth amendments to the pollution prevention plan and explain the need for the amendments.

M. A facility that causes a one-time event that generates a hazardous waste or an acutely hazardous waste from an unused hazardous substance is exempt from filing a pollution prevention plan and an annual progress report if all of the following conditions are met:

1. The unused hazardous substance cannot lawfully be used due to changes in statute or rule.

2. A toxic data report has been filed for the event as prescribed in section 49-962.

3. The toxic data report is required solely as a result of the one-time generation event.

N. This section does not apply to an episodic, accidental or remediation related release or occurrence.

O. A person who would be required to file a plan as prescribed by subsection A of this section solely due to the storage, supply, application or use of a pesticide as defined in section 3-361 for agricultural application and who is subject to reporting or record keeping requirements pursuant to section 49-305 or rules adopted pursuant to section 3-363 or a person who is issued an agricultural general permit pursuant to section 49-247 is exempt from the plan filing prescribed in subsection A of this section.