Kentucky Landfills regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Kentucky Landfills: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste landfill rules: 401 Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) 39:090, Section 1 and 401 KAR 39:090, Section 2(1) (interim status)

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Solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill rules: 401 KAR 47:005 to 47:190

Regulatory Agency

Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management

See national section for basic information and federal 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.

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