Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Kentucky'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 treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs), handlers of universal wastes, and handlers of used oil.
• Administration and enforcement. Kentucky has received RCRA authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). RCRA authorization allows the Department for Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Waste Management to enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.
To receive RCRA authorization from the EPA, Kentucky'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, the DEP 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 ...