Pennsylvania Closure/Post-Closure Plans: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) closure and post-closure rules: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 264a.1 and 265a.1

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Closure certification: 25 Pa. Code 264a.115 and 25 Pa. Code 264a.166; 25 Pa. Code 265a.115 and 25 Pa. Code 265a.166 (interim status)

Post-closure certification: 25 Pa. Code 264a.120 and 25 Pa. Code 264a.166; 25 Pa. Code 265a.120 and 25 Pa. Code 265a.166 (interim status)

Closure and post-closure certification: 25 Pa. Code 264a.166 and 25 Pa. Code 265a.166 (interim status)

Bond for financial assurance for closure and post-closure: 25 Pa. Code 264a.153, 25 Pa. Code 264a.156(e), 25 Pa. Code 265a.153, and 25 Pa. Code 265a.156(e) (interim status)

Closure fee: 25 Pa. Code 264a.83 and 25 Pa. Code 265a.83

Regulatory Agency

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Waste, Air, and Radiation Management Bureau of Waste Management Division of Hazardous Waste Management

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Pennsylvania has adopted the federal closure and post-closure rules for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) but has substituted its own rules in connection with certification of closure, certification of completion of post-closure care, and financial responsibility. In addition, the state assesses closure fees.

Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Waste Management administers and enforces the TSDF closure and post-closure requirements in Pennsylvania.

State Requirements


25 PA Code 264a.166 and 25 PA Code 265a.166

Owners and operators must submit a request for closure or post-closure certification in accordance with the federal rules. Within 60 days of receiving the request, DEP will initiate an investigation of the facility to determine if closure or post-closure was carried out in accordance with the approved plan.

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