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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Massachusetts follows the majority of federal regulations for identifying and classifying hazardous waste. However, the state's provisions are more stringent because Massachusetts has not adopted many of the federal exclusions from hazardous waste regulation and has additional state-listed wastes, including waste oil and certain quantities of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Waste Prevention administers and enforces the state's hazardous waste determination rules.
In addition to the hazardous wastes identified in the federal regulations, Massachusetts regulates several other materials as listed hazardous wastes, including waste oil, waste generated in paint manufacturing, and PCBs in concentrations equal to or greater than 50 parts per million. DEP also has authority to classify as hazardous any waste, not otherwise identified as hazardous, that DEP, in the course of inspecting ...