Governing Law and Regulations
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.