Governing Law and Regulations
Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Washington's dangerous waste surface impoundment requirements include both the federal rules and the state's more stringent requirements. The state's more stringent requirements apply to disposal restrictions, location standards, design requirements, and facility performance standards.
• Administration and enforcement. The Washington Department of Ecology's (WDOE) Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program administers and enforces the dangerous waste surface impoundment requirements in Washington, including the organic air emission standards.
Washington has disposal restrictions in addition to the federal land disposal restrictions, which are reviewed in the national section LAND DISPOSAL RESTRICTIONS/LAND BAN.
Waste-specific bans. In general, Washington restricts the disposal of the following wastes in surface impoundment facilities (WAC 173-303-140(4)