Pennsylvania Hazardous Waste Generators regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Hazardous Waste Generators: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Generator requirements: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 261a.5 and 25 Pa. Code 262a.10

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identification (ID) number: 25 Pa. Code 262a.12(1)

DEP licensed transporters: 25 Pa. Code 262a.12(2)

On-site treatment rules: 25 Pa. Code 270a.60(b)(2)

Spills and discharges: 25 Pa. Code 262a.43

Source reduction strategy plans: 25 Pa. Code 262a.100

Additional state very small quantity generator (VSQG) requirements: 25 Pa. Code 261a.5

Regulatory Agency

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

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Pennsylvania incorporates by reference the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule (New Rule), effective on the federal level and in Pennsylvania as of May 30, 2017. The state has added requirements that make the state's generator rules more stringent than the federal rules. The state's more stringent rules are in connection with state-licensed transporters, on-site treatment rules for generators, spills and discharges, pollution prevention, and very small quantity generators (VSQGs).

Note that under the New Rule, "VSQG" has replaced the formerly used term "conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG)."

Administration and enforcement. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Hazardous Waste Management administers and enforces Pennsylvania's rules for hazardous waste generators.

State Requirements


25 Pa. Code 262a.12(1)

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