Washington Environmental Protection Agency: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 43.21C

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Solid waste management, waste reduction, and recycling laws: RCW 70.95, RCW 70.95B, RCW 70.95D, and RCW 70.95J

Hazardous waste management laws: RCW 70.95E 70.105, RCW 70.105A, and Waste Reduction, Recycling, and Model Litter Control Act, RCW 70.93

Washington Model Toxics Control Act, RCW 70.105D

Hazardous materials incidents laws: RCW 70.136

Underground storage tanks laws: RCW 90.76

Underground petroleum storage tanks laws: RCW 70.148 (expires June 1, 2007)

Worker and Community Right-to-Know Act, RCW 49.70

Washington Clean Air Act, RCW 70.94

Water pollution control laws: RCW 90.48

Shoreline Management Act of 1971, RCW 90.58

Notification and identification (ID) numbers: Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-303-060

Special requirements for used oil: WAC 173-303-515

Regulatory Agency

Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The counterpart to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington is WDOE. WDOE implements the state's environmental laws and regulations.

Administration and enforcement. WDOE has received authorization from EPA to implement the state's air, water, and waste management rules. To receive federal authorization, WDOE's air, water, and waste management rules are required to be at least as stringent as the federal rules. To maintain its federal authorization, the Department continues to either adopt EPA's latest environmental rules or implement more stringent state standards.

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