Arkansas Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Arkansas Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste management rules: Arkansas Regulation (AR Reg.) 23.1 to 23.6, AR Reg. 23.260.1 to 23.279.82, AR Reg. 23.19 to 23.30

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Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) permit rules: AR Reg. 23.270.1 to 23.270.320

Generator, transporter, and TSDF fees: AR Reg. 23.6

Regulatory Agencies

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Hazardous Waste Division

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Arkansas's hazardous waste management rules include the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules and 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 used oil handlers.

Administration and enforcement. Arkansas has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows the Hazardous Waste 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 the time of authorization, at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal hazardous waste RCRA rules. 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 goes into effect under federal law. Under such ...


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