Hazardous Waste Determination: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Statutes and rules for determining a hazardous waste status: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), 42 USC 6903, and regulations at 40 CFR 260 and 40 CFR 261

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Determining solid waste status:

Solid waste defined: RCRA, 42 USC 6903(27) and 40 CFR 261.2

Other key definitions: 40 CFR 260.43, 40 CFR 261.2(g), and 40 CFR 261.2(c)(8)

Materials excluded from the solid waste definition: 40 CFR 261.4(a)

Conditional exclusion for cathode-ray tubes (CRTs): 40 CFR 260.10, 40 CFR 261.4(a)(22), and 40 CFR 261.39 to 261.41

Conditional exclusion for laundered solvent contaminated wipes: 40 CFR 261.4(a)(26) and 40 CFR 260.10

Materials excluded from the hazardous waste definition:

Solid wastes excluded from being hazardous wastes: 40 CFR 261.4(b)

Raw material, product, and process unit wastes: 40 CFR 261.4(c)

Sample and treatability study exclusions: 40 CFR 261.4(d) to 261.4(f)

Dredged material exclusion: 40 CFR 261.4(g)

Conditional exclusion for carbon dioxide streams: 40 CFR 261.4(h)

Conditional exclusion for disposed of solvent-contaminated wipes: 40 CFR 261.4(b)(18) and 40 CFR 260.10

Determining hazardous waste status:

Definitions of "hazardous": RCRA, 42 USC 6903(5) and 40 CFR 261.3

Listed wastes:

Listing criteria: 40 CFR 261.11 and Appendices to 40 CFR 261

F, K, P, and U wastes: 40 CFR 261.31 to 261.33

EPA Hazardous waste numbers: 40 CFR 261.30(c)

Hazard codes: 40 CFR 261.30(b)

The F-list wastes from nonspecific sources: 40 CFR 261.31

The K-list wastes from specific sources: 40 CFR 261.32

P and U wastes—discarded commercial chemicals: 40 CFR 261.33

Hazardous constituents and chemical abstract (CAS) numbers: 40 CFR 261, Appendices VII to IX

Delisting petitions: 40 CFR 260.20, 40 CFR 260.22, and 40 CFR 261, Appendix IX

Characteristic wastes:

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agency
Hazardous Waste Determination Overview
Determining Solid Waste Status
Materials Excluded from the Hazardous Waste Definition
Determining Hazardous Waste Status
Listed Wastes
Characteristic Wastes
When the Hazardous Waste Definition No Longer Applies
Petitions, Variances, and Nonwaste Determinations
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