Georgia Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Georgia Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste law and rules: Georgia Hazardous Waste Management Act, Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 12-8-60 to 12-8-83; Georgia Hazardous Site Response Act, CGA 12-8-90 to 12-8-97, Hazardous Site Reuse and Redevelopment Act, CGA 12-8-200 to 12-8-210; and regulations at Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia (GRR) 391-3-11-.01 to 391-3-11-.18

Regulatory Agencies
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Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Protection Division Land Protection Branch

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

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

Administration and enforcement. Georgia has received RCRA authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). RCRA authorization allows the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Environmental Protection Division to administer and 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, DNR must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules or adopt more stringent state standards.


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