Alabama Containment Buildings regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Alabama Containment Buildings: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Containment building rules: Alabama Administrative Code (Ala. Admin. Code r) 335-14-5-.30 and Ala. Admin. Code r 335-14-6.30 (interim status)

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Inspections and recordkeeping: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-14-5-.30(2)(c)(4) and Ala. Admin. Code r 335-14-6-.30(2)(c)(4) (interim status)

Regulatory Agency

Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Land Division Governmental Hazardous Waste Branch Hazardous Waste Program

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Alabama follows the federal rules for containment buildings with only one slight variation on a federal requirement in connection with recordkeeping. In addition, owners and operators of containment buildings must comply with the hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) permit application requirements and pay several state permit and facility fees. The state's more-stringent permit standards and fees are reviewed in the state section TSDF PERMITS.

Administration and enforcement. ADEM's Governmental Hazardous Waste Branch administers and enforces the containment building rules in Alabama.

State Requirements


Ala. Admin. Code r 335-14-5-.30(2)(c)(4) and Ala. Admin. Code r 335-14-6-.30(2)(c)(4)

Under the federal rules, the facility owner or operator must inspect the containment building and record at least once every 7 days in the facility's operating record data gathered in the containment building and the area immediately surrounding the building (e.g., a visual assessment of adjacent soils and surface waters) as well as data from the building's ...

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