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West Virginia Characteristic Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste characterization: West Virginia Regulations (WV Reg.) 33-20-3

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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water and Waste Management

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. West Virginia has adopted by reference 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 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 West Virginia solid waste regulations. See the state section SOLID WASTE for more information.

West Virginia has incorporated by reference the federal delisting rules at 40 CFR 260, with additional requirements for fees and costs. See the state section DELISTING PETITIONS for more information.

Administration and enforcement. DEP's Division of Water and Waste Management administers and enforces the state's rules for identifying hazardous waste characteristics.


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