Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention Business Compliance Division
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The federal accumulation time rules set forth the length of time that each class of generator may store hazardous waste on-site without a storage facility permit. Massachusetts follows the federal rules with a few exceptions. Unlike the federal rules, the state rules for SQGs (persons generating 100 kilograms (kg) or more but less than 1,000 kg of hazardous waste per month) do not allow them to store hazardous waste on-site for more than 180 days. The accumulation commencement date is also specified in the state regulations for SQGs and LQGs. In addition, because Massachusetts regulates waste oil as a hazardous waste, the state's accumulation time rules apply not only to hazardous waste but to waste oil as well. These requirements make the state accumulation time rules more stringent than the federal rules.
DEP follows the federal accumulation time standards from March 2000 that allow LQGs that generate wastewater treatment sludges from the metal finishing industry (i.e., EPA Waste F006) to accumulate F006 beyond the usual 90-day LQG limitation.
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