Governing Law and Regulations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
State and local agencies
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
Under RCRA, wastes are separated into two broad categories: hazardous and nonhazardous. Hazardous wastes are regulated under Subtitle C , and nonhazardous wastes are regulated under Subtitle D. RCRA Subtitle D was designed to assist waste management officials in developing and encouraging environmentally sound methods for the disposal of nonhazardous solid waste (RCRA Section 4001). EPA does not have enforcement authority under RCRA Subtitle D; regulation of solid waste is the responsibility of the states. See the national section SOLID WASTE for more information about federal solid waste management requirements.
Although hazardous wastes are a subset of solid wastes, this section does not discuss requirements for transporters of hazardous materials or hazardous wastes. For more information on these requirements, see the national sections HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTERS and HAZARDOUS WASTE TRANSPORTERS.
State and local agencies are responsible for developing, administering, and enforcing requirements for nonhazardous solid waste ...