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Environmental Protection Division Land Protection Branch Hazardous Waste Management Program
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Georgia adopts by reference the federal regulations for identifying and listing hazardous waste, including the federal conditional exclusions from the definitions of solid and hazardous waste as they apply to cathode-ray tubes and solvent-contaminated wipes, the 2015 exclusion from the definition of solid waste for recycling of certain hazardous secondary materials, and the hazardous waste exclusion for carbon dioxide streams in geologic sequestration activities.
While there are no additional state provisions, Georgia follows the EPA contained-in policy and provides some guidance for managing contaminated media subject to RCRA requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Land Protection Branch administers and enforces the hazardous waste identification and classification requirements in Georgia.
EPA's contained-in policy is a flexible version of the mixture and derived-from rules created to apply to debris as well as environmental media (i.e., soil, groundwater, sediments). Although the EPA does not consider environmental media and debris to be hazardous waste in and of themselves, the EPA requires that these materials be regulated as hazardous waste during the time that they exhibit ...