Washington Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Washington Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Dangerous waste law and rules: Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 70.95C, RCW 70.95E, RCW 70.105, RCW 70.105A, RCW 70.105D, RCW 70.105E, and regulations at Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-303 and WAC 173-305

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Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Washington refers to hazardous waste as dangerous waste (DW). Washington's dangerous waste management rules include the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules and numerous more stringent state requirements. The state's rules apply to DW generators, transporters, owners and operators of treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs), handlers of universal waste, and handlers of used oil.

Note: Washington regulates more wastes as dangerous wastes than are regulated as hazardous wastes under the federal rules. See the state section LISTED WASTES for more information. Those who generate, transport, treat, store, or dispose of a Washington-listed DW are subject to the state's dangerous waste management rules.

Administration and enforcement. The state of Washington has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows WDOE's Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program to enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.

To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, Washington's dangerous 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, ...

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