Governing Law and Regulations
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. At present, Kentucky has no commercial landfills that accept hazardous waste. However, the state's hazardous waste program adopts by reference the federal rules and has additional state provisions that are more stringent than the federal requirements. The state's more stringent requirements involve the response action plan for interim-status facilities and permit standards.
The state has its own rules for solid (nonhazardous) waste landfills. The federal solid waste landfill requirements apply in Kentucky. See the state section SOLID WASTE for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. The Department for Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Waste Management administers and enforces both the hazardous and solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill requirements in Kentucky.