Governing Law and Regulations
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) Division of Hazardous Waste Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Ohio's hazardous waste management rules include the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules and some more stringent state requirements. The state's more stringent rules apply to hazardous waste generators; transporters; and owners and operators of treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs).
• Administration and enforcement. OEPA has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows OEPA's Division of Hazardous Waste Management to enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.
To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, Ohio'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, OEPA must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules or adopt more stringent state standards.
Note: Any federal regulation that is ...