Governing Law and Regulations
New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office of Remediation and Materials Management Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials Bureau of Hazardous Waste Regulation Hazardous Waste Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. New York'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; and owners and operators of treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs).
In addition, New York regulates more wastes as hazardous wastes than do the federal rules. For example, wastes containing certain levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are subject to the state's hazardous waste rules. See the state section LISTED WASTES for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. New York has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows DEC's Bureau of Hazardous Waste Regulation to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.
To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, New York's hazardous waste management rules must have been at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the ...