Nebraska Hazardous Waste Storage regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Nebraska Hazardous Waste Storage: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste storage facility rules: Nebraska Administrative Code (NAC) 128-21 and NAC 128-22 (interim status)

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Permit requirements for storage facilities: NAC 128-12 to 128-15

Land disposal restrictions: NAC 128-20a, NAC 128-20b, and NAC 128-20c

Organic air emissions standards: NAC 128-21-019 to 128-21-021 and NAC 128-22-019 to 128-22-021 (interim status)

On-site storage rules for generators:

Large quantity generators: NAC 128-10-004 and NAC 128-10-005

Small quantity generators: NAC 128-9

Conditionally exempt small quantity generators: NAC 128-8

SQG tank inspections: NAC 128-9-009.02

SQG prevention of dangerous reactions: NAC 128-9-007.03E

SQG preparedness for and prevention of accidents: NAC 128-9-007.03F

Regulatory Agencies

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Waste Management Division

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. Nebraska follows the federal hazardous waste storage rules, including those for on-site storage by hazardous waste generators. However, the state requires small quantity generators (SQGs) to comply with additional state requirements, including those in connection with tank inspections, measures to prevent accidental ignition or reaction of ignitable or reactive wastes, and measures to prepare for and prevent accidents.

· Administration and enforcement. DEQ administers and enforces the hazardous waste storage regulations in Nebraska.

State Requirements


SQG Tank Inspections

NAC 128-9-009.02

Nebraska has not adopted the federal provision that allows SQGs that accumulate hazardous waste in tanks or tank systems that have full secondary containment with leak detection equipment to decrease the requirement to inspect from “once each ...

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