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Pennsylvania Containers: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste container rules: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 264a.1, 25 Pa. Code 261a.7, and 25 Pa. Code 264a.173; 25 Pa. Code 265a.1, 25 Pa. Code 265a.173, and Pa. Code 265a.179 (interim status)

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Empty container standards: 25 Pa. Code 261a.1 and 25 Pa. Code 261a.7

Container storage areas:

Ignitable and reactive wastes: 25 Pa. Code 264a.173(1), 25 Pa. Code 264a.173(2), 25 Pa. Code 265a.173(1), and 25 Pa. Code 265a.173(2)

Nonreactive, nonignitable wastes: 25 Pa. Code 264a.173(3) and 25 Pa. Code 265a.173(3)

Secondary containment for interim-status facilities: 25 Pa. Code 265a.179

Regulatory Agency

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Waste, Air, Radiation and Remediation 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's hazardous waste container rules include the federal requirements and the state's more stringent specifications for indoor and outdoor storage areas at both permitted and interim-status treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs). In addition, the state requires interim-status facilities to have a secondary containment requirement for their container storage areas. The state follows the federal rules concerning the management of empty containers.

In addition, owners and operators of hazardous waste TSDFs that use containers must comply with additional permit application requirements and pay several state permit and facility fees. The state's more stringent permit standards and fees are reviewed in the state section TSDF ...


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Pennsylvania Containers Resources

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Hazardous Waste Container Management - Guide Book
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Hazardous Waste Container Management Guide - PDF
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