Governing Law and Regulations
Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Permits and Compliance Division Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau Hazardous Materials Section Hazardous Waste Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Montana'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 and transporters; owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs); and handlers of used oil and universal waste.
• Administration and enforcement. Montana has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows the Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.
To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, Montana's hazardous waste management rules must have been, at the time of authorization, at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal hazardous waste RCRA rules. To maintain federal authorization, DEQ must ...