Governing Law and Regulations
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.
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.