Governing Law and Regulations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) Waste Management Division
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. New Hampshire has no property transfer law that requires the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) to certify the condition of property before a real estate transfer may take place. However, New Hampshire has adopted the federal regulations that require hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) owners and operators to record in the appropriate land records certain information about the facility when it is closed.
• Administration and enforcement. DES enforces the closure rules in New Hampshire, while U.S. EPA enforces the rules for transfer of federal property.
For more information on contaminated sites, see the state section SUPERFUND. In addition to this section, management of older abandoned commercial sites are discussed in the state section BROWNFIELDS. For information on transfer of sites that actively manage hazardous wastes, see the state sections RCRA and CLOSURE AND POST-CLOSURE PLANS.
Any site that has an active water or air discharge permit will typically require agency notification that an ownership change is anticipated, with the new owner certifying that all existing permit requirements will be met. This can typically ...