Governing Law and Regulations
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Land Management Administration Hazardous Waste Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Maryland'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.
Note: Maryland has its own list of state hazardous wastes that are in addition to those listed under the federal regulations. See the state section LISTED WASTES to review the lists of these additional wastes.
• Administration and enforcement. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows MDE's Waste Management Administration to enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.
To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, Maryland's hazardous waste management rules must be at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the ...