Governing Law and Regulations
Hazardous substance definition: General Statutes of North Carolina (N.C. Gen. Stat.) 143-215.77
North Carolina Hazardous Chemicals Right-to-Know Act, N.C. Gen. Stat. 95-173 to 95-218
Aboveground storage tanks (ASTs): N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-138
Underground storage tank (UST) regulations: 15A North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 2N.0101 to 15A NCAC 2N.0805
North Carolina Oil Pollution and Hazardous Substances Act, N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-215.75 to 143-215.104
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of the State Fire Marshal
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. "Hazardous substances" is a broad classification that includes hazardous wastes, toxic pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and certain hazardous chemical substances or mixtures. North Carolina generally adopts the definition of hazardous substances as set forth under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), but not if regulated as a hazardous waste under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). For additional information about CERCLA and RCRA requirements, see the national section HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE STORAGE.
The term also does not normally include petroleum substances, although North Carolina has enacted the North Carolina Oil Pollution and Hazardous Substances Control Act to protect people and the environment from pollution by oil and other hazardous substances discharged to either the land or waters of the state. See the state section OIL ...