Pennsylvania Containers regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Containers: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) hazardous waste container rules: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 264a.1, 25 Pa. Code 261a.7, and 25 Pa. Code 264a.173; 25 Pa. Code 265a.1, 25 Pa. Code 265a.173, and Pa. Code 265a.179 (interim status)

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Empty container standards: 25 Pa. Code 261a.1 and 25 Pa. Code 261a.7

Generator container rules: 25 Pa. Code 262a.10 and 25 Pa. Code 262a.34

Container storage areas:

Container configuration: 25 Pa. Code 262a.34, 25 Pa. Code 264a.173, and 25 Pa. Code 265a.173

Secondary containment: 25 Pa. Code 262a.34 and 25 Pa. Code 265a.179

Regulatory Agency

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Waste, Air, Radiation, and Remediation Management Bureau of Waste Management Division of Hazardous Waste Management

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Pennsylvania's hazardous waste container management rules include the federal requirements and the state's more stringent specifications for indoor and outdoor storage areas at both permitted and interim-status treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs). In addition, the state requires interim-status TSDFs to have a secondary containment requirement for their container storage areas. Pennsylvania also incorporates by reference the federal empty container requirements and the organic air emissions standards.

The state also incorporates by reference the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule (New Rule) requirements for containers, effective on the federal level and in Pennsylvania as of May 30, 2017. See the national sections CONTAINERS and HAZARDOUS WASTE STORAGE for ...

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