Arizona Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Arizona Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste management laws and rules: Arizona Revised Statutes (AZ Rev. Stat.) 49-801 to 49-818, AZ Rev. Stat. 49-901 to 49-944, and Arizona Administrative Code Rules (AZ Admin. Code R) 18-8-260 to 18-8-280

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Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) permit rules: AZ Admin. Code R 18-8-270 to AZ Admin. Code R 18-8-271

Regulatory Agencies

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Waste Programs Division

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Arizona's hazardous waste management rules include the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules and several more stringent state requirements. The state's additional rules apply to hazardous waste generators, transporters, owners and operators of TSDFs, handlers of universal waste, and handlers of used oil.

Administration and enforcement. Arizona has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows the Waste Programs Division of ADEQ to enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.

To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, a state's hazardous waste management rules must be at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal hazardous waste RCRA rules at the time of authorization. To maintain federal authorization, ADEQ must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules, or adopt more stringent state standards.

Note: Any federal regulation that is promulgated under the 1984 amendments to RCRA (the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 (HSWA)) becomes effective in all states at the moment it ...


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