Governing Law and Regulations
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Kentucky has adopted by reference the federal rules (40 CFR 261) that define a waste that exhibits the characteristics of ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity as a hazardous waste. 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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. See the state sections HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) and LISTED WASTES for additional guidance.
Kentucky has U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authorization to delist Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) wastes. See the state section DELISTING PETITIONS for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Division of Waste Management administers and enforces the state's rules for characteristic waste in Kentucky.