Iowa Characteristic Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste characteristics: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), 42 USC 6903, and regulations at 40 CFR 260.11 and 40 CFR 261.21 to 261.24

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Iowa follows the federal regulations for identifying and classifying hazardous waste, including the federal regulations that contain the criteria for identifying hazardous waste by the characteristics of ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity. See the national section CHARACTERISTIC WASTE for more information. Wastes may be classified as hazardous because of their characteristics or if they have been placed on hazardous waste lists by the EPA. See the national sections HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) and LISTED WASTES for additional guidance.

Iowa follows the federal rules for petitions to delist hazardous wastes under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). For additional information, see the national section DELISTING PETITIONS.

Iowa initially adopted a state hazardous waste management program but returned its authority to the EPA in 1985. While hazardous waste rules remain in the state's Administrative Code, the federal rules for identifying and classifying hazardous waste are in effect in Iowa. See the national section HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) for additional information.

Administration and enforcement. Iowa does not have RCRA authority; therefore, EPA's Region 7 office administers and enforces the RCRA hazardous waste management ...

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