Pennsylvania Hazardous Waste Storage regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Hazardous Waste Storage: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Definition of hazardous waste storage: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 260a.10

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Container requirements: 25 Pa. Code 264a.1, 25 Pa. Code 261a.1, 25 Pa. Code 261a.7, 25 Pa. Code 264a.173 and 25 Pa. Code 265a.1, 25 Pa. Code 265a.173 to 265a.179 (interim status)

Hazardous waste storage tanks: 25 Pa. Code 264a.1, 25 Pa. Code 264a.191 to 264a.194 and 25 Pa. Code 265a.1, 25 Pa. Code 265a.191 to 265a.194 (interim status)

Surface impoundments: 25 Pa. Code 264a.1(a), 25 Pa. Code 264a.221, and 25 Pa. Code 265a.1(a) (interim status)

On-site storage rules generators: 25 Pa. Code 262a.10 and 25 Pa. Code 262a.34

Storage facility permits and fees: 25 Pa. Code 270a.1 to 270a.214 and 25 Pa. Code 264a.78 to 264a.83

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's definition of hazardous waste storage is more restrictive than the federal definition because it imposes a time limit. In addition, the state has several stricter storage rules in connection with storage facility standards, permits and fees.

Pennsylvania incorporates by reference the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule (New Rule), effective on the federal level and in Pennsylvania as of May 30, 2017. Therefore, Pennsylvania follows these revised federal rules for hazardous waste large quantity generators (LQGs) and small quantity generators (SQGs) storing hazardous waste on-site without a permit. The state also requires that large quantity ...


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