New Mexico Containers regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New Mexico Containers: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Container management rules and organic air emissions standards: 20.4.1.300 New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) , 20.4.1.500 NMAC, and 20.4.1.600 NMAC (interim status) Empty container rules: 20.4.1.200 NMAC

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New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Resource Protection Division Hazardous Waste Bureau

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. New Mexico adopts by reference the federal requirements for managing hazardous waste containers that are applicable to owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs). In addition, New Mexico adopts by reference the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, effective in New Mexico as of December 1, 2018, which includes standards that allow generators to accumulate hazardous waste on-site in containers. The federal container requirements include empty container standards and organic air emissions standards. There are no additional state requirements.

· Administration and enforcement. The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Hazardous Waste Bureau administers and enforces the container rules in New Mexico.


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