Governing Law and Regulations
California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Department of Toxic Substance Control Hazardous Waste Management Program
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. California generators must identify their hazardous wastes by determining whether it is a listed waste or exhibits a hazardous waste characteristic. The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) follows the federal rules for identifying the characteristics of hazardous waste, except that California refers to a "waste" that exhibits the characteristics of hazardous waste and not a "solid" waste that exhibits such characteristics under federal rules. See the national section CHARACTERISTIC WASTE for more information.
To determine the characteristic of toxicity, Cal/EPA has added lists of inorganic and organic persistent and bioaccumulative toxic substances and their soluble threshold limit concentration. California regulates more substances as hazardous waste than the federal rules. See the state sections HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) and LISTED WASTES for additional guidance.
Although California has received EPA authorization to administer the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules, Cal/EPA does not have authority to delist RCRA wastes. The federal rules and procedures for delisting petitions are effective ...