Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention Business Compliance Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1
Massachusetts Bureau of Fire Prevention
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The Massachusetts hazardous waste container requirements include the federal rules and more stringent state rules, including container labeling, on-site storage restrictions for generators, container management requirements, empty containers, and facility permits and fees. The federal organic air emissions standards applicable to containers are also in effect in Massachusetts.
Note: In contrast to the federal rules, Massachusetts regulates waste oil (used oil) as a listed hazardous waste. Therefore, containers of waste oil in Massachusetts are subject to the state's hazardous waste container rules. In addition, containers of waste oil must meet certain waste oil labeling requirements. Refer to the state section USED OIL MANAGEMENT for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's ...