Pennsylvania Contingency Plan regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Contingency Plan: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Contingency plan rules: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 264a.1(a) and 25 Pa. Code 264a.56; 25 Pa. Code 265a.1(a) and 25 Pa. Code 265a.56 (interim status)

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Notification: 25 Pa. Code 264a.56 and 25 Pa. Code 265a.56

Large quantity generator (LQG) contingency plan rules: 25 Pa. Code 262a.10

Regulatory Agency

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Waste, Air, Radiation, and Remediation Management Bureau of Waste Management Division of Hazardous Waste Management

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Pennsylvania incorporates by reference the federal contingency plan requirements applicable to permitted and interim-status hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) and adds a notification requirement.

Pennsylvania also incorporates by reference the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule (New Rule), effective on the federal level and in Pennsylvania as of May 30, 2017. For large quantity generators (LQGs), this means that they must comply with the New Rule's requirement that the LQG provide a "quick reference guide" of the contingency plan to the local emergency responders identified in its plan or, as appropriate, the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

Administration and enforcement. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Bureau of Waste Management administers and enforces the contingency plan requirements in Pennsylvania.

State Requirements


25 Pa. Code 264a.56 and 25 Pa. Code 265a.56

Once a contingency plan has been implemented, the federal rules require the emergency coordinator to notify ...

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