Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention Business Compliance Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Massachusetts has not received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authorization under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to delist hazardous wastes. All delisting petitions must be filed with EPA Region 1. A copy of the delisting petition filed with the EPA must be submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). See the national section DELISTING PETITIONS for more information. The federal listed hazardous wastes are reviewed in the national section LISTED WASTES.
DEP's listed hazardous wastes include the federal list plus state-designated state hazardous wastes with the letters "MA" preceding a DEP assigned number. See the state section LISTED WASTES for more information.
If a waste cannot be identified in one of the federal hazardous waste lists, it still might be hazardous because it exhibits one or more characteristics of hazardous waste—ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity. See the national section CHARACTERISTIC WASTE for additional information.
Massachusetts follows the majority of federal regulations for identifying and classifying hazardous waste, with stricter provisions. See the state ...