Governing Law and Regulations
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Waste Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Virginia's listed hazardous wastes are identical to the federal list. Virginia recognizes non-RCRA listed waste shipped into the state as hazardous if the originating state designates it as hazardous. In addition, DEQ oversees a category of waste designated as "special waste." See the national sections CHARACTERISTIC WASTE and HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) for additional information on hazardous waste identification and classification. See the national section LISTED WASTES to review the federal listing criteria.
Virginia does not have EPA authorization to delist Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous wastes. All delisting petitions must be submitted to EPA Region 3. However, EPA Region 3 recommends that persons filing delisting petitions contact DEQ to find out if there are any state procedures that have to be followed for the waste for which delisting is sought. A copy of the delisting petition must be filed with DEQ. See the state section DELISTING PETITIONS for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ administers and enforces the listed hazardous waste requirements in Virginia.
9 VAC 20-80-10
Special waste is solid waste that is difficult to handle, requiring special precautions ...