Governing Law and Regulations
Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Washington refers to its hazardous waste as dangerous waste (DW), extremely hazardous waste (EHW), and special waste. The state's regulations for identifying and listing DW are considerably more stringent than the federal rules. While Washington uses an identification process that is similar to the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA) program to determine whether waste is regulated as a DW or EHW, the additional state testing requirements make this process somewhat cumbersome and difficult to understand. However, the state rules are similar to the federal rules in many respects, including the state's adoption of the federal conditional exclusion from the definition of solid waste for cathode ray tubes.
In addition, and unlike the federal ...