Governing Law and Regulations
Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. At the lower end of Washington's waste management hierarchy is waste disposal. The state prefers waste reduction, recycling, treatment, incineration, and stabilization and solidification over disposal. In light of the state's philosophy, it is no surprise that Washington's disposal standards for dangerous waste are more stringent than the federal standards. The state's more stringent requirements apply to: definition of disposal, land disposal restrictions (LDRs), and disposal facility permits.
The state also has additional design, operating, and post-closure rules for land disposal facilities. See the state sections CLOSURE AND POST-CLOSURE PLANS, LANDFILLS, LAND TREATMENT, SURFACE IMPOUNDMENTS, and UNDERGROUND INJECTION WELLS for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. WDOE's Solid ...