Governing Law and Regulations
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Waste Management Hazardous Waste Section
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. North Carolina adopts by reference the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, effective on the federal level as of May 30, 2017, and effective in North Carolina as of March 1, 2018, which includes the federal contingency plan requirements for large quantity generators (LQGs). The state follows the federal rules for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) contingency plans. There are no additional state requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Division of Waste Management administers and enforces the contingency plan requirements in North Carolina.