Governing Law and Regulations
California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. California follows the federal requirements for exports and imports of hazardous waste. The state also requires notice of export activity to Cal/EPA 60 days before the initial international shipment, and then once a year. Specific regulations and forms apply to exports and imports with Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. See the national section EXPORTS AND IMPORTS OF HAZARDOUS WASTE for OECD requirements. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has participated in numerous meetings between representatives of border states, the Mexican Federal Environmental Enforcement Agency, and EPA. DTSC offers training and workshops to provide information regarding Mexican, U.S., and California regulations and requirements for import and export of hazardous waste. Contact DTSC for more information.
California's regulations for transporters of hazardous waste are more stringent than the ...