Maine Hazardous Waste Storage regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Maine Hazardous Waste Storage: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste storage facility rules: Code of Maine Rules (CMR) 06-096.854 and CMR 06-096.855 (interim status)

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Permitted storage facilities:

Hazardous waste storage containers: CMR 06-096.854.12

Storage facility permits and fees: CMR 06-096.856

On-site storage rules for generators: CMR 06-096.850.4, CMR 06-096.851.8, CMR 06-096.855.9, CMR 06-096.851.13, and CMR 06-096.851.16

Quantity limitations: CMR 06-096.851.12 and CMR 06-096.850.4

Large quantity generator (LQG) on-site storage management: CMR 06-096.851.8(B), CMR 06-096.855.9 and CMR 06-096.851.13

Small quantity generator (SQG) on-site storage management: CMR 06-096.850.4

Emergency storage license for LQGs: CMR 06-096.851.16

Satellite accumulation: CMR 06-096.851.8(C)

Regulatory Agency

Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Hazardous Materials & Solid Waste Control

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. Maine adopts by reference the federal hazardous waste storage rules, including those for on-site storage by generators, and adds more stringent state provisions in connection with storage containers, facility licensing, generator classifications, generator quantity and storage time limitations, satellite accumulation, and on-site management by large quantity generators (LQGs) and small quantity generators (SQGs). Because the state does not use the federal definitions of LQG, SQG, and conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG), and adds the generator class of SQG Plus, Maine’s on-site storage rules for generators are more stringent than the federal rules.

· Administration and enforcement. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) administers and enforces the hazardous waste storage regulations ...

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