West Virginia Hazardous Waste Exports and Imports regulations & environmental compliance analysis

West Virginia Hazardous Waste Exports and Imports: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Exports and imports of hazardous waste: West Virginia Regulations (WV Reg.) 33-20-5.3 to 33-20-5.4

Regulatory Agencies
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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water and Waste Management Waste Management Branch

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. West Virginia adopts by reference federal rules for the import of hazardous waste. DEP follows all federal requirements for exporting hazardous waste to a foreign country, with additional notification and reporting requirements.

· Administration and enforcement. DEP enforces the rules for exporting and importing hazardous wastes. However, there may be some instances where EPA Region 3 enforces these rules. Check with EPA Region 3 before exporting or importing hazardous waste.

State Requirements


WV Reg. 33-20-5.3 to 33-20-5.4

While West Virginia defers to EPA on matters concerning the import and export of wastes, persons intending to export hazardous waste have to notify both EPA Region 3 and DEP before the waste is scheduled to leave the United States. All copies of any documentation, manifests, exception reports, annual reports, or records that are submitted to EPA Region 3 must also be submitted to DEP.

For additional requirements affecting exports and imports of hazardous waste, see the national section EXPORTS AND IMPORTS OF HAZARDOUS WASTE and state sections MANIFESTS and HAZARDOUS WASTE TRANSPORTERS.

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