§22-15-8. Limit on the size of solid waste facilities; rulemaking.
(a) On and after the first day of October, one thousand nine hundred ninety-one, it is unlawful to operate any commercial solid waste facility that handles between ten thousand and thirty thousand tons of solid waste per month, except as provided in section nine of this article and sections twenty-six, twenty-seven and twenty-eight, articles four and four-a, chapter twenty-two-c of this code.

(b) Except as provided in section nine of this article, the maximum quantity of solid waste which may lawfully be received or disposed of at any commercial solid waste facility is thirty thousand tons per month.

(c) The director shall, within the limits contained in this article, place a limit on the amount of solid waste received or disposed of per month in commercial solid waste facilities. The director shall consider at a minimum the following criteria in determining a commercial solid waste facility's monthly tonnage limit:

(1) The proximity and potential impact of the solid waste facility upon groundwater, surface water and potable water;

(2) The projected life and design capacity of the solid waste facility;

(3) The available air space, lined acreage, equipment type and size, adequate personnel and wastewater treatment capabilities; and

(4) Other factors related to the environmentally safe and efficient disposal of solid waste.

(d) Within the limits established in this article, the director shall determine the amount of sewage sludge which may be safely treated, stored, processed, composted, dumped or placed in a solid waste facility.

(e) The director shall promulgate emergency rules, and propose for legislative promulgation, legislative rules pursuant to the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to effectuate the requirements of this section. When developing the rules, the director shall consider at a minimum the potential impact of the treatment, storage, processing, composting, dumping or placing sewage sludge at a solid waste facility:

(1) On the groundwater, surface waters and potable waters in the area;

(2) On the air quality in the area;

(3) On the projected life and design capacity of the solid waste facility;

(4) On the available air space, lined acreage, equipment type and size, personnel and wastewater treatment capabilities;

(5) The facility's ability to adequately develop markets and market the product which results from the proper treatment of sewage sludge; and

(6) Other factors related to the environmentally safe and efficient treatment, storage, processing, composting, dumping or placing of sewage sludge at a solid waste facility.

(f) Sewage sludge disposed of at a landfill must contain at least twenty percent solid by weight. This requirement may be met by adding or blending sand, sawdust, lime, leaves, soil or other materials that have been approved by the director prior to disposal. Alternative sewage sludge disposal methods can be utilized upon obtaining written approval from the director. No facility may accept for land filling in any month sewage sludge in excess of twenty-five percent of the total tons of solid waste accepted at the facility for land filling in the preceding month.