Massachusetts Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste law and rules: Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Management Act, Massachusetts General Laws (MGL), Chapter 21C; Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Act, MGL Chapter 21D; and regulations at 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 4.00 and 310 CMR 30.000

Regulatory Agencies
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Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention Business Compliance Division

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Massachusetts'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: Massachusetts regulates more wastes as hazardous wastes than are regulated under the federal rules. See the state section LISTED WASTES for more information.

Administration and enforcement. The DEP has received RCRA authorization from the EPA. This allows DEP's Bureau of Waste Prevention to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.

To receive RCRA authorization from the EPA, Massachusetts'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 more stringent state standards.

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