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. The federal hazardous waste disposal rules are effective in Massachusetts, as are several more stringent state requirements. The state rules regulate: disposal prohibitions, the facility permit application process, and facility operation and fees.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP administers and enforces the hazardous waste disposal rules in Massachusetts. EPA's Region 1 office enforces the federal organic air emissions standards for surface impoundments and the rules for hazardous waste incinerators.