Governing Law and Regulations
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office of Remediation and Materials Management Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials Bureau of Hazardous Waste Regulation
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. New York follows the federal rules that define a waste that exhibits the characteristics of ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity as a hazardous waste, See the national section CHARACTERISTIC WASTE for more information. Testing procedures follow federal guidelines, but also include state-mandated methods designed to measure or detect wastes that are potential health hazards.
New York follows the majority of federal regulations for identifying and classifying hazardous waste. However, the state's provisions are more stringent because New York has not adopted all the federal exclusions from hazardous waste regulation and has, in several instances, limited the availability of exclusions. In addition to following the federal list of hazardous wastes, New York regulates state waste containing certain quantities of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) as listed hazardous wastes. See the state sections HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) and LISTED WASTES for more information.
New York has adopted the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA) list of hazardous wastes and added some additional state-only listed wastes. Waste generators may petition DEC to have one ...