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Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Land Protection and Revitalization Hazardous Waste Program
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Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Virginia has adopted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, effective in Virginia as of April 8, 2018. Virginia follows the federal requirements for making hazardous waste determinations, 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 exclusion from the definition of solid waste for recycling certain hazardous secondary materials, and the hazardous waste exclusion for carbon dioxide streams in geologic sequestration activities. There are additional state requirements in connection with substituting state addresses for federal addresses, and Virginia replaces federal rules relating to requesting nonwaste determinations and variances from classification as a solid waste with the state's own, and similar, regulations.
• Administration and enforcement. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Division of Land Protection and Revitalization administers and enforces the state's hazardous waste determination and classification rules.
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 ...