Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Disposal regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Disposal: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste surface impoundment requirements: 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 30.610 to 30.618

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Hazardous waste incineration rules: 40 CFR 264.340 to 264.351

Hazardous waste landfill rules: 310 CMR 30.620 to 30.633

Federal organic air emissions standards: 40 CFR 264.1030 to 264.1090 and 40 CFR 265.1030 to 265.1090 (interim status)

Disposal prohibitions:

Underground injection well disposal prohibition: 310 CMR 27.04 and 310 CMR 30.604

Prohibition of disposal into state water bodies: 310 CMR 30.706

Lab pack prohibition: 310 CMR 30.630(5)

Facility license (permit) rules and fees: 310 CMR 30.800 to 30.890, 310 CMR 30.701 to 30.705, and 310 CMR 4.01 to 4.10 Appendix

Land disposal restrictions: 310 CMR 30.750

Regulatory Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention Business Compliance Division

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The federal hazardous waste disposal rules are effective in Massachusetts, as are several more stringent state requirements. The state rules regulate: disposal prohibitions, the facility permit application process, and facility operation and fees.

Administration and enforcement. DEP administers and enforces the hazardous waste disposal rules in Massachusetts. EPA's Region 1 office enforces the federal organic air emissions standards for surface impoundments and the rules for hazardous waste incinerators.

State Requirements


Underground Injection Wells

310 CMR 27.04 and 310 CMR 30.604

Unlike the federal ...

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