Governing Law and Regulations
Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Washington's rules for shipments of hazardous waste exported outside the United States (and for hazardous waste imported to Washington from outside the United States) are the same as the federal regulations, with one additional requirement. The state requires that copies of all forms or reports submitted to EPA also be submitted to WDOE.
As of September 5, 2006, EPA required Washington (and all states) to use the revised federal form of manifest: the new standardized Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest (EPA Form 8700-22) and its continuation sheet (EPA Form 8700-22A). The state plans to revise its manifest regulations as a result of the requirement to use the federal form and because EPA also revised various regulations relating to the manifest (e.g., rules concerning manifest discrepancies and rejected shipments). Washington's rules for hazardous waste manifest preparation and use must now be the same as the federal rules and waste handlers should go to the national section MANIFESTS for guidance. The state has its own state requirements in connection with waste shipments to the Hanford, WA facility, exception reports, recordkeeping, and unmanifested waste reports. Washington may or may not change some of its state provisions when it revises its regulations to correspond to their federal ...