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Alaska Geothermal Waste & Hazardous Material Assessment(18-AK)

If the developer’s project requires installation of an underground storage tank, then they will be required to obtain approval from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC). Developers may also be required to obtain a Hazardous Waste Permit and a Waste Disposal Permit.

Developers must obtain registration from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) if their project will require the use of an underground storage tank or tank system. Developers must register their tank within 30 days of acquisition. In Alaska, “underground storage tank system” means one or more stationary devises, including any connected to underground pipes, designed to contain an accumulation of petroleum. Developers must submit the registration form to ADEC, with the required fee, for review. Once ADEC approves the application, a UST operations tag and decal will be issued to the developer.

Developers must obtain a Hazardous Waste Permit from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) if their project must treat, store, dispose, or transport hazardous waste. Developers must submit an application for a Hazardous Waste Permit to ADEC for review. ADEC will issue a Hazardous Waste Permit following review.

Developers must obtain a Waste Disposal Permit from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) if their project requires the modification or operation of any sewage system or treatment works. Developers may qualify for coverage under a general permit, which is issued on a statewide, regional or other geographical basis. If a developer does not qualify for coverage under a general permit, then an individual permit must be obtained. In Alaska, geothermal drilling wastes are regulated in the same manner as oil and gas drilling wastes. Developers may be able to obtain a waiver for the Waste Disposal Permit requirement if they have obtained a NPDES permit which covers the same waste. Developers must submit an application to ADEC for review. If ADEC issues a permit, then the permit will be valid for no more than five years.

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