Pennsylvania Hazardous Waste Determination: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Identification and classification rules: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 261a.1 to 261a.4

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Solid waste: 25 Pa. Code 261a.2

Hazardous waste: 25 Pa. Code 261a.3(b)


Hazardous wastes: 25 Pa. Code 261a.3(a) and 25 Pa. Code 261a.4

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 Hazardous Waste Program

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Pennsylvania incorporates by reference the federal regulations for identifying and classifying hazardous waste with some exceptions. Because the state's adoption of the regulations as set forth in the 1999 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) "includes any subsequent modifications and additions to the CFR," conditional exclusions from the definitions of solid and/or hazardous waste, such as those for solvent-contaminated wipes, cathode-ray tubes, carbon dioxide streams in geological sequestration activities are in effect in Pennsylvania. In addition, because the state adopted by reference the 2008 definition of solid waste (DSW) rule (concerning the recycling of hazardous secondary materials), the state adopts by reference the subsequent revised rule, the 2015 DSW. See the national section HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) for more information.

Pennsylvania explicitly states those federal regulations that it has not adopted and those requirements that it has added. The state has not adopted the federal hazardous waste exclusion in connection with ...

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