Class A & Nonhazardous Special Waste Exam Study Guide

Introduction

The purpose of this study guide is to explain the testing process and to give preparation guidance for the Class A exam and the Special Waste Endorsement Exam.  You are given 3 hours to complete the Class A exam (132 multiple choice questions) and 45 minutes for the special waste exam (31 multiple choice questions. Questions are drawn from the Laws and Regulations listed below and a few questions were based on general knowledge of landfill operations.

Class A Exam Topics

Regulation or Law: Specific Topics
Illinois Environmental Protection Act - Title V - Land Pollution & Refuse DisposalTitle V, XII, 415 ILCS 5Sections 21(O) - Sanitary LF Operations
21.6(b) - Liquid Used Oil
22.22(c) - Landscape Wastes
22.23(f)(2) - Batteries
22.28(b) - White Goods
42(b)(4) - Civil Penalties
55(b)(1) - Used Tires
56.1(a) - PIMW
Public Act 095-0959 - Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse ActPublic Act 095-0959Electronic Waste
General Math & Knowledge of Landfill Operations Slope ratio, topography, elevations, cubic feet and cubic yards, daily landfill operations, asbestos regulatory authority
TITLE 35 IAC - SUBTITLE G: WASTE DISPOSAL
Prior Conduct Certifications (Chief Operator)Title 35 IAC, Part 745Scope and Applicability; Prohibitions
General Provisions & DefinitionsTitle 35 IAC, Part 810Definitions
Standards for New Solid Waste LandfillsTitle 35 IAC, Part 811See Specific Items Listed Below
Title 35 IAC - SUBPART A - GENERAL STANDARDS FOR ALL LANDFILLS
Prior Conduct Certification (Chief Operator)811.102Flow restrictions, historic sites, endangered species
Location Standards811.102Flow restrictions, historic sites, endangered species
Location Standards811.102Flow restrictions, historic sites, endangered species
Surface Water Drainage811.103(a)(4)25-year, 24-hour rainfall event, flow velocities, commingled runoff
Compaction811.105Frequencies and control monuments
Daily Cover811.106General Knowledge
  General Knowledge
Operating Standards811.107Phasing, working face, equipment, utilities, maintenance, burning, dust, noise, vectors, fire, litter mud
Salvaging811.108Management Principles
Boundary Controls811.109Sign Information
Closure and Written Closure Plan811.110(a-d)General Conditions of Closure and Closure Plan
SUBPART C - PUTRESCIBLE and CHEMICAL WASTE LANDFILLS 
Facility Location811.302Distance considerations
Foundation Construction811.305Materials, Placement
Liner System811.306Dimensions, earth liners & geomembrane, general considerations, slurry trenches & cutoff walls
Leachate Drainage System811.307Design features, thickness
Leachate Collection System811.308General features & operations
Leachate Treatment and Disposal811.309Standards for treatment, storage, discharge, recycling and monitoring
Landfill Gas Management System811.311Frequencies, distances, numbers and parameters
  Requirements for installation, system standards, and collection
Landfill Gas Processing and Disposal811.312Discharge conditions
Intermediate Cover811.313Purpose and general standards
Final Cover System811.314Purpose, permeability considerations, and standards
Plugging and Sealing of Drill Holes811.316General knowledge and standards
Groundwater Impact Assessment811.317(a)Purposes and transport model approval
Design, Construction and Operation of Groundwater Monitoring Systems811.318(a,b,e)Purpose, records, design and sample collection standards
Groundwater Monitoring Programs811.319(a)Monitoring and sampling schedules
Waste Placement811.321Location considerations, phasing and initial placement
Final Slope and Stabilization811.322Slope purposes, vegetation, and structure restrictions
Load Checking Program811.323Purpose, frequency, records, responsibilities, and appropriate responses
CQA Inspections Activities811.502 & 811.503CQA Responsibilities
Financial Assurance811.700Scope, closure cost estimates, revisions, Trust Fund evaluations and notifications, mechanisms and timeliness
Upgrading Financial Assurance811.701Reasons
Closure Care Cost Estimates811.704Revisions and estimates
Revision of Cost Estimate811.705Reasons
Trust Fund811.706Frequency of change and notifications
Approval by Unit of Local Government812.105 

SPECIAL WASTE EXAM TOPICS (Non-Hazardous)

TITLE 35 IAC, PART 811, SUBPART D - MANAGEMENT OF SPECIAL WASTE AT LANDFILLS
 
Notice to Generators and Transporters811.402Sign Information
Special Waste Manifests811.403All manifest information, distribution requirements
Identification Record811.404Profile sheet requirements, re-certification purpose and pertinent information
Record Keeping Requirements811.405General requirements
Procedures for Excluding Regulated Hazardous Wastes811.406Load Checking Program

Definitions

The following terms are defined in Part 810 - Section 103 "Definitions." Any of the below could be on the exam.
 
Act Groundwater
Admixtures Household Waste
  All manifest information, distribution requirements
Agency Landfill
Applicant Leachate
Aquifer Lift
Bedrock Malodor
Beneficially Usable Waste Lateral Expansion
Board Municipal Solid Waste landfill Unit (MSWLF unit)
Borrow Area National Pollutant discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
Chemical Waste Potentially Infections Medical Waste (PIMW) - See Section 3 of Act
Coal Combustion power generating facilities Putrescible Waste
Contaminated Leaachate Publically Owned Treatment Works (POTW)
Design Period Salvaging
Disposal Scavenging
Disturbed Areas Settlement
Earth Liners Significant Modification
Facility Solid Waste
Gas Collection System Special Waste
Gas Condensate Uppermost Aquifer
Gas Venting System Waste Pile
Geomembranes Waste Stabilization
Geotextiles Working Face