California Listed Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Listing and criteria for identification of hazardous wastes: California Health & Safety Code (CH & SC) 25140 to 25145.4

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Identification and listing of hazardous wastes: 22 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 66261.1 to 66261.126 (including Appendixes I to XII)

Listed hazardous waste presumption: 22 CCR 66261.3

Mercury-containing products: 22 CCR 66261.50

Exclusions: 22 CCR 66261.4

Regulatory Agencies

California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. California has adopted the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) listed hazardous wastes. California's Title 22 incorporates the federal 40 CFR 261 regulations, which means that anything that is a RCRA hazardous waste is a California hazardous waste by reference.

However, California regulations include additional lists that include specific chemical compounds and general descriptions of wastes.

· Administration and enforcement. Both Cal/EPA and EPA Region 9 administer and enforce the listed hazardous waste and hazardous waste identification requirements in California.

State Requirements

Roughly half of the total volume of waste that must be managed as hazardous waste in California is not identified as hazardous by the RCRA regulations. This makes the cost of compliance in California much higher than in states where the RCRA wastes alone constitute hazardous waste.


22 CCR 66261.3

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