Governing Law and Regulations
California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
Cal/EPA California Air Resources Board
Local air pollution control districts
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. Federal rules governing the combustion of hazardous waste in boilers and industrial furnaces (BIF) have been promulgated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Clean Air Act (CAA).
California follows the RCRA rules for burning hazardous waste in BIFs with few exceptions. However, unlike the federal rules, California does not exempt coke ovens burning hazardous waste (K087) from the requirements for burning hazardous waste in BIFs. Applicable sources in California must also comply with the source-specific NESHAP, also known as the maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standard, for hazardous waste combustors. See the national section BOILERS AND INDUSTRIAL FURNACES for information on the federal rules.
• Administration and enforcement. DTSC administers and enforces the BIF regulations in California. The air quality regulations in California are administered through local air pollution control districts. As a result, there are 35 different air quality agencies in ...