Governing Law and Regulations
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Waste, Air, and Radiation Management Bureau of Waste Management Division of Hazardous Waste Management
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Pennsylvania has adopted by reference the federal contingency plan requirements applicable to large quantity generators; permitted hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs); and interim-status TSDFs, and adds a notification requirement.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Waste Management administers and enforces the contingency plan requirements in Pennsylvania.
25 Pa. Code 264a.56 and 25 Pa. Code 265a.56
Once a contingency plan has been implemented, the federal rules require the emergency coordinator to notify immediately either the National Response Center or the government official designated as the on-scene coordinator for that geographical area.
In addition, Pennsylvania requires that the emergency coordinator immediately notify either the appropriate regional DEP office or DEP's Central Office at 717-787-4343.