The real sludge regulation requires the protection of groundwater,

The relevant point of compliance specified by the Director of an approved State shall be no more than
150 meters from the waste management unit boundary and shall be located on land owned by the
owner of the MSWLF unit

The design must ensure that the concentration values listed in Table 1 of this section will not be
exceeded in the uppermost aquifer at the relevant point of compliance
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Title 40: Protection of Environment
PART 258—CRITERIA FOR MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE LANDFILLS
Subpart D—Design Criteria


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§ 258.40   Design criteria.
(a) New MSWLF units and lateral expansions shall be constructed:

(1) In accordance with a design approved by the Director of an approved State or as specified in §258.
40(e) for unapproved States. The design must ensure that the concentration values listed in Table 1
of this section will not be exceeded in the uppermost aquifer at the relevant point of compliance, as
specified by the Director of an approved State under paragraph (d) of this section, or

(2) With a composite liner, as defined in paragraph (b) of this section and a leachate collection system
that is designed and constructed to maintain less than a 30-cm depth of leachate over the liner.

(b) For purposes of this section, composite liner means a system consisting of two components; the
upper component must consist of a minimum 30-mil flexible membrane liner (FML), and the lower
component must consist of at least a two-foot layer of compacted soil with a hydraulic conductivity of
no more than 1×10−7 cm/sec. FML components consisting of high density polyethylene (HDPE) shall
be at least 60-mil thick. The FML component must be installed in direct and uniform contact with the
compacted soil component.

(c) When approving a design that complies with paragraph (a)(1) of this section, the Director of an
approved State shall consider at least the following factors:

(1) The hydrogeologic characteristics of the facility and surrounding land;

(2) The climatic factors of the area; and

(3) The volume and physical and chemical characteristics of the leachate.

(d) The relevant point of compliance specified by the Director of an approved State shall be no more
than 150 meters from the waste management unit boundary and shall be located on land owned by
the owner of the MSWLF unit. In determining the relevant point of compliance State Director shall
consider at least the following factors:

(1) The hydrogeologic characteristics of the facility and surrounding land;

(2) The volume and physical and chemical characteristics of the leachate;

(3) The quantity, quality, and direction, of flow of ground water;

(4) The proximity and withdrawal rate of the ground-water users;

(5) The availability of alternative drinking water supplies;

(6) The existing quality of the ground water, including other sources of contamination and their
cumulative impacts on the ground water, and whether the ground water is currently used or
reasonably expected to be used for drinking water;

(7) Public health, safety, and welfare effects; and

(8) Practicable capability of the owner or operator.

(e) If EPA does not promulgate a rule establishing the procedures and requirements for State
compliance with RCRA section 4005(c)(1)(B) by October 9, 1993, owners and operators in
unapproved States may utilize a design meeting the performance standard in §258.40(a)(1) if the
following conditions are met:

(1) The State determines the design meets the performance standard in §258.40(a)(1);

(2) The State petitions EPA to review its determination; and

(3) EPA approves the State determination or does not disapprove the determination within 30 days.

Note to subpart D: 40 CFR part 239 is reserved to establish the procedures and requirements for
State compliance with RCRA section 4005(c)(1)(B).


                            Table 1
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                                                           MCL (mg/
                      Chemical                                l)
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Arsenic.......................................................   0.05
Barium........................................................   1.0
Benzene.......................................................   0.005
Cadmium.......................................................   0.01
Carbon tetrachloride..........................................   0.005
Chromium (hexavalent).........................................   0.05
2,4-Dichlorophenoxy acetic acid...............................   0.1
1,4-Dichlorobenzene...........................................   0.075
1,2-Dichloroethane............................................   0.005
1,1-Dichloroethylene..........................................   0.007
Endrin........................................................   0.0002
Fluoride......................................................   4
Lindane.......................................................   0.004
Lead..........................................................   0.05
Mercury.......................................................   0.002
Methoxychlor..................................................   0.1
Nitrate.......................................................  10
Selenium......................................................   0.01
Silver........................................................   0.05
Toxaphene.....................................................   0.005
1,1,1-Trichloromethane........................................   0.2
Trichloroethylene.............................................   0.005
2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxy acetic acid............................   0.01
Vinyl Chloride................................................   0.002
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