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Massachusetts Containers: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Container management requirements: 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 30.680 to 30.689, 310 CMR 30.341(2), 310 CMR 30.342, and 310 CMR 30.351(8)

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Federal organic air emissions standards: 40 CFR 264.1030 to 264.1090 and 40 CFR 265.1030 to 265.1090 (interim status)

Additional labeling requirements: 310 CMR 30.682

Storage area requirements: 310 CMR 30.685 and 310 CMR 30.686

Containment systems: 310 CMR 30.687

Polyhalogenated aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs): 310 CMR 30.688(5)

Empty container standards: 310 CMR 30.106

Regulatory Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention Business Compliance Division

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1

Massachusetts Bureau of Fire Prevention

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The Massachusetts hazardous waste container requirements include the federal rules and more stringent state rules, including container labeling, on-site storage restrictions for generators, container management requirements, empty containers, and facility permits and fees. The federal organic air emissions standards applicable to containers are also in effect in Massachusetts.

Note: In contrast to the federal rules, Massachusetts regulates waste oil (used oil) as a listed hazardous waste. Therefore, containers of waste oil in Massachusetts are subject to the state's hazardous waste container rules. In addition, containers of waste oil must meet certain waste oil labeling requirements. Refer to the state section USED OIL MANAGEMENT for more information.

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