Montana Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Montana Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste management law and rules: Montana Hazardous Waste Act, Montana Code Annotated 75-10-401 to 75-10-451 and regulations at Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 17.53.101 to 17.53.1502

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TSDF permitting rules: ARM 17.53.1201 to ARM 17.53.1203

Hazardous waste management and permit fees: ARM 17.53.112

Used oil management rules: ARM 17.53.1401 to ARM 17.53.1402

Universal waste rules: ARM 17.53.1301 to ARM 17.53.1303

Regulatory Agencies

Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Permits and Compliance Division Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau Hazardous Materials Section Hazardous Waste Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Montana'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 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. Montana has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows the Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.

To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, Montana's hazardous waste management rules must have been, at the time of authorization, at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal hazardous waste RCRA rules. To maintain federal authorization, DEQ must ...


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