Pennsylvania Hazardous Waste Disposal regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Hazardous Waste Disposal: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Definition of hazardous waste disposal: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 260a.10

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Hazardous waste disposal facility rules: 25 Pa. Code 264a and 25 Pa. Code 265a (interim status)

Land disposal restrictions: 25 Pa. Code 268a

Regulatory Agency

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Waste, Air, and Radiation Management Bureau of Waste Management Hazardous Waste Program

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Pennsylvania adopts by reference the federal hazardous waste disposal rules and adds several more stringent state requirements in connection with the definition of disposal, disposal facility permit application standards, fees, and disposal facility design and operation.

Administration and enforcement. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Bureau of Waste Management administers and enforces the hazardous waste disposal rules in Pennsylvania.

State Requirements


25 Pa. Code 260a.10

Unlike the federal rules, Pennsylvania includes "incineration" as one of the activities that constitutes "disposal." Consequently, the state's definition of disposal is more expansive than the federal definition. The federal definition refers to disposal of "solid waste or hazardous waste," whereas the state definition refers only to "solid waste." However, as under the federal rules, hazardous waste in Pennsylvania is a subset of solid waste. The state definition for storage of waste notes that the DEP will presume that the containment (the storage) of waste in excess of 1 year constitutes disposal but that the ...

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