Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Exports and Imports regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Exports and Imports: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Universal waste import requirements: 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 30.1001 to 30.1071

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

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

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The Massachusetts regulations for exporting hazardous waste are the same as the federal regulations, and the state's requirements for importing hazardous waste from outside the United States are identical to the federal rules. The state requires that persons who manage universal waste imported from a foreign country follow DEP universal waste rules.

Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Waste Prevention administers and enforces the rules for exporting and importing hazardous wastes. However, there may be some instances where EPA enforces these rules. Check with the EPA Region 1 office before exporting or importing hazardous waste.

State Requirements


310 CMR 30.1071

Persons managing universal waste that is imported from a foreign country into Massachusetts are subject to the requirements under 310 CMR 30.1001 to 30.1082 immediately after the waste enters Massachusetts.


310 CMR 30.1039 and 310 CMR 30.1056

Large and small quantity handlers of universal waste that send universal waste to a foreign destination must:

  • Comply with federal requirements applicable to a primary exporter.
  • Export such universal waste only upon consent of the receiving country and in conformance with ...

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