Minnesota Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Minnesota Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste management law and rules: Waste Management Act, Minnesota Statutes Annotated (MSA) 115A and regulations at Minnesota Rules (MR) 7001.0010 to 7001.0730, MR 7045, and MR 7046

Regulatory Agencies
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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Industrial Division Land and Air Compliance Section Hazardous Waste Compliance Unit

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Minnesota's hazardous waste management rules include the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules and more stringent state requirements. The state's rules apply to hazardous waste generators and transporters; owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs); and handlers of used oil and universal waste.

Administration and enforcement. Minnesota has received RCRA authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). RCRA authorization allows MPCA's Industrial Division to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.

To have received RCRA authorization from EPA, Minnesota's hazardous waste management rules must have been at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal hazardous waste RCRA rules at the time of authorization. To maintain federal authorization, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) 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 (HSWA)) becomes effective in ...


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