Governing Law and Regulations
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Waste, Air, and Radiation Management Bureau of Waste Management Division of Hazardous Waste Management
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Pennsylvania adopts by reference the federal land treatment facility requirements and several more stringent state standards. The state rules cover:
—Hazardous waste application
—Facility permits and fees
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Waste Management administers and enforces the land treatment requirements in Pennsylvania.
25 Pa. Code 264a.273(5) and 25 Pa. Code 264a.273(6)
The state has established specific standards for the type and quality of soil used for land treatment facilities. The state requires that:
- Hazardous waste must be applied only to soils that fall within the U.S. Department of Agriculture textural classes of sandy loam, loam, sandy clay loam, silty clay loam, and silt loam.
- Soils have sola with a minimum depth of 20 inches and at least 40 inches of soil depth.
HAZARDOUS WASTE APPLICATION
25 Pa. Code 264a.273
Pennsylvania specifies when and how hazardous waste may be applied to the land. It prohibits waste ...