Governing Law and Regulations
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Waste, Air, Radiation and Remediation Management Bureau of Waste Management Division of Hazardous Waste Management
Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the state's hazardous waste management program in lieu of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations. As part of that program approval and delegation, the DEP is authorized to review and approve petitions for delisting of such waste. DEP's hazardous waste regulations incorporate by reference the federal delisting rules, with additional rules for delisting petition submittal. For the federal requirements, see the national section DELISTING PETITIONS.
Pennsylvania has adopted by reference the federal lists of hazardous wastes. See the national 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 ...