Pennsylvania Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste management requirements: Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act, 35 Pennsylvania Statutes (Pa. Stat.) 6018.101 to 6018.1003 and rules at 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 260a to 270a, and 25 Pa. Code 298

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Residual waste rules: 25 Pa. Code 271.601 to 271.622, 25 Pa. Code 287 to 297, and 25 Pa. Code 299

Regulatory Agencies

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Waste, Air, Radiation and Remediation Management Bureau of Waste Management Division of Hazardous Waste Management Hazardous Waste Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The hazardous waste management rules in Pennsylvania include both 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; owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs); handlers of universal waste; and handlers of used oil.

Administration and enforcement. Pennsylvania has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Bureau of Waste Management to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.

To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, Pennsylvania'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, the DEP must adopt ...


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