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Illinois Characteristic Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Characteristics of hazardous waste: 35 Illinois Administrative Code 721.110 to 721.124

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Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Bureau of Land

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Illinois regulations for identifying characteristic hazardous waste are the same as the federal regulations, including the criteria for identifying hazardous waste by the characteristics of ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity. The federal characteristic waste requirements are described in the national section CHARACTERISTIC WASTE.

Wastes may be classified as hazardous because of their characteristics or if they have been placed on hazardous waste lists by EPA. See the state sections HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) and LISTED WASTES for additional guidance.

Many wastes that have been determined not to be hazardous wastes may still be dangerous and have special handling requirements for disposal. Nonhazardous wastes are managed under the Illinois solid waste regulations. See the state section SOLID WASTE for more information.

Illinois has EPA authorization to delist hazardous waste. However, Illinois follows most federal regulations for delisting petitions and includes a few administrative and procedural differences. See the state section DELISTING PETITIONS for more information.

Administration and enforcement. IEPA's Bureau of Land administers and enforces the state's rules for characteristic waste.


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