Governing Law and Regulations
Exports and imports of hazardous waste: 25 Pennsylvania Code 262a.10
Mercury-Free Thermostat Act, 35 Pennsylvania Statutes (Pa. Stat.) 6030.1 to 6030.7
Phosphates: 35 Pa. Stat. 722.1 to 722.10
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Pennsylvania follows federal rules for the export and import of hazardous chemicals. Pennsylvania has also implemented legislation banning the sale, installation, and disposal of mercury thermostats in Pennsylvania. Some states, including Pennsylvania, have passed laws limiting the amount of phosphates in cleaning and detergent products sold in the state. State manufacturers, importers, and distributors must watch for future state product bans.
Pennsylvania follows the federal hazardous materials transportation requirements for the import and export of chemicals. Export licenses may be required for the export of controlled chemicals. See the national sections HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTERS and IMPORTS AND EXPORTS OF CHEMICALS for a summary of federal requirements. In addition, a security plan may be required by hazardous materials transporters. The plan must include an assessment of possible transportation security risks for hazmat shipments. See the national section SECURITY for more information.
Internationally, a number of countries have developed or are developing laws with restrictions on the import of hazardous substances and electronic equipment ...