Governing Law and Regulations
Hazardous waste management statute and regulations: Oklahoma Hazardous Waste Management Act, 27A Oklahoma Statutes Annotated (OSA) 2-7-101 to 2.7-134; Hazardous Waste Fund Act, OSA 2-7-301 to 2-7-307; and regulations at Oklahoma Administrative Code 252:205
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Land Protection Division Hazardous Waste Compliance and Inspection Section
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Oklahoma's hazardous waste management rules include the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules and more stringent state requirements. The state's more stringent 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.
• Administration and enforcement. Oklahoma has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows DEQ's Land Protection Division to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.
To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, a state'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, DEQ must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules or 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 all states the ...