Virginia Hazardous Waste Storage regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia Hazardous Waste Storage: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste storage facility rules: 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 20-60-264 and 9 VAC 20-60-265 (interim status)

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On-site storage rules for generators: 9 VAC 20-60-262

Notification of large quantity generator (LQG) accumulation area locations: 9 VAC 20-60-262(B)(4)

Regulatory Agency

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Land Protection and Revitalization Hazardous Waste Program

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Virginia adopts by reference the federal hazardous waste storage rules for permitted and interim status treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs). In addition, the state follows the federal requirements for generators accumulating hazardous waste on-site without a permit through its adoption of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, effective on the federal level as of May 30, 2017, and effective in Virginia as of April 8, 2018. The state has added notification of accumulation area locations for large quantity generators (LQGs), as well as requirements for permitting hazardous waste storage facilities.

Administration and enforcement. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Division of Land Protection and Revitalization administers and enforces the hazardous waste storage rules in Virginia.

State Requirements


Permits and Fees

Permitted storage facilities in Virginia must comply with additional state permit application requirements and permit conditions and pay permit application, modification, and certification fees. See the state section TSDF PERMITS for more information.


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