Pennsylvania Financial Responsibility regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Financial Responsibility: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste:

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Treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs): 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 264a.141 to 264a.169

Interim-status TSDFs: 25 Pa. Code 265a.141 to 265a.169

Transporters: 25 Pa. Code 263a.13 and 25 Pa. Code 263a.32

Municipal waste landfills: 25 Pa. Code 287.301 to 287.375

Underground storage tanks (USTs): 25 Pa. Code 245.701 to 245.708

Pesticide application businesses: 7 Pa. Code 128.34

Wetlands and dams: 25 Pa. Code 105.13b

Regulatory Agencies

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) Bureau of Plant Industry Pesticide Division

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Pennsylvania generally follows the federal financial responsibility requirements, with additional requirements for hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities (TSDFs), hazardous waste transporters, solid waste landfills, underground storage tanks (USTs), pesticide businesses, and wetlands activities. See the national section FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY for federal rule guidance.

Administration and enforcement. The DEP is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's financial responsibility requirements for TSDFs, USTs, solid waste landfills, pesticide applicators, and wetlands activities. PDA's Pesticide Division administers and enforces the pesticide financial responsibility requirements.

State Requirements


In Pennsylvania, there are several financial assurance mechanisms that owners or operators may use alone or in combination to demonstrate that they meet ...

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