Louisiana Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Louisiana Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Louisiana Hazardous Waste Control Law, Louisiana Revised Statutes (LRS) 30:2171 to 30:2206; Louisiana Environmental Quality Act, LRS 30:2001 to 30:2043; and regulations at Louisiana Administrative Code (LAC) 33:V.101 to 33:V.5311

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Organic air emissions standards: LAC 33:V.1701 to 33:V.1799 and Appendix; LAC 33:V.4549 to 33:V.4589; and LAC 33:V.4719 to 33:V.4739 (interim status)

Regulatory Agencies

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Environmental Compliance

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. Louisiana'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.

Note: Louisiana identifies hazardous wastes as either Category I or Category II wastes. Category I wastes are the federal listed wastes. Louisiana's Category II wastes include the federal characteristic hazardous wastes. See the state sections CHARACTERISTIC WASTE and LISTED WASTES for more information.

Administration and enforcement. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has received RCRA authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). RCRA authorization allows DEQ's Office of Environmental Compliance to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.

To receive RCRA authorization from the EPA, Louisiana'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 DEQ must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules or more stringent state standards.

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