Governing Law and Regulations
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) Division of Hazardous Waste Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Ohio follows federal regulations concerning characteristic hazardous wastes. If a waste cannot be identified in one of the state hazardous waste lists, it still might be hazardous because it exhibits one or more characteristics of hazardous waste—ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity. See the national sections CHARACTERISTIC WASTE and HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) for additional information on hazardous waste identification and classification.
Wastes may be classified as hazardous because of their characteristics or if they have been placed on hazardous waste lists by EPA. Ohio has adopted EPA's federal listed waste regulations. See the national section LISTED WASTES for a discussion of the federal listed wastes rules.
EPA provides an exclusion (delisting) procedure, allowing persons to demonstrate that a listed waste from a particular generating facility should not be regulated as a hazardous waste. Ohio does not have EPA authority to delist Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) wastes. The federal rules for delisting petitions are effective in Ohio. All delisting petitions must be filed with EPA Region 5. EPA Region 5 recommends that persons wishing to file delisting petitions first contact Ohio EPA for specific ...