Kentucky Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Kentucky Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste law and rules: Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 224.46-012 to 224.46-870, and regulations at 401 Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) 30:005 to 40:060 and 401 KAR 43:005 to 44:080

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Treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) permit rules: 401 KAR 38:005 to 38:500

TSDF fees: 401 KAR 39:005 to 39:120

Regulatory Agencies

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management Hazardous Waste Branch Hazardous Waste Management Program

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

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

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 TSDFs, handlers of universal wastes, and handlers of used oil.

Administration and enforcement. Kentucky has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows DEP's Hazardous Waste Branch to enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.

To receive RCRA authorization from 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, 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 (the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 ...


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