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. At present, Pennsylvania has no commercial landfills that accept hazardous waste. However, the state's hazardous waste program retains hazardous waste landfill regulations that follow the federal rules and have more stringent requirements in connection with liners and facility permits.
Pennsylvania has its own rules for solid (nonhazardous) waste landfills. In addition, the federal solid waste landfill requirements apply in Pennsylvania. See the state section SOLID WASTE for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Waste Management administers and enforces both the hazardous and solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill requirements in Pennsylvania.
HAZARDOUS WASTE LANDFILLS
25 Pa. Code 264a.301
A minimum distance of 4 feet must be maintained between the bottom of the liner and the seasonal high water table without the use of artificial or man-made groundwater drainage or dewatering systems. (Soil mottling may indicate the ...