California Characteristic Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Characteristic waste: 22 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 66261.10 to 66261.24, 22 CCR 66260.11 (bioassay procedures), 22 CCR 66260.200

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Toxicity characteristic: 22 CCR 66261.24

Nonhazardous characteristic waste: 22 CCR 66261.24(b)

Regulatory Agency

California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Department of Toxic Substance Control Hazardous Waste Management Program

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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 ...

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