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Plain English Guide to Regulations
Solid/Hazardous Waste Management

State Hazardous Waste Regulations

Although the RCRA regulations are federal rules, EPA has delegated the primary responsibility of implementing the RCRA hazardous waste program to individual states.  This process ensures national consistency while providing flexibility to states in implementing rules. Currently, most states and some territories have been granted authority to implement the base, or initial, program. Many also are authorized to implement additional parts of the RCRA program that EPA has since promulgated, such as Corrective Action and the Land Disposal Restrictions. State RCRA programs must always be at least as stringent as the federal requirements, but states can adopt more stringent requirements as well.

Since the rules for managing hazardous waste can vary from state to state, find your states regulations, along with permit forms, guidance, contact information and other helpful resources: RCRA/Hazardous Waste State Locator.



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You should consult with legal counsel and appropriate authorities before interpreting any regulations or undertaking any specific course of action.

Please note that many of the regulatory discussions on STERC refer to federal regulations. In many cases, states or local governments have promulgated relevant rules and standards
that are different and/or more stringent than the federal regulations. Therefore, to assure full compliance, you should investigate and comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.