Governing Law and Regulations
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management Hazardous Waste Branch Hazardous Waste Management Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Kentucky's hazardous waste management rules include the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules and several more stringent state requirements. The state's rules apply to hazardous waste generators, transporters, owners and operators of TSDFs, handlers of universal wastes, and handlers of used oil.
• Administration and enforcement. Kentucky has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows DEP's Hazardous Waste Branch to enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.
To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, Kentucky's hazardous waste management rules must be at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal hazardous waste RCRA rules at the time of authorization. To maintain federal authorization, DEP must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules, or adopt more stringent state standards.
Note: Any federal regulation that is promulgated under the 1984 amendments to RCRA (the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 ...