Governing Law and Regulations
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Land Management Administration
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. At present, Maryland has no landfills that accept hazardous waste. However, the state's hazardous waste program retains hazardous waste landfill regulations that are more stringent than the federal requirements. The state's rules, discussed briefly here, cover: liners, inspections, disposal restrictions, and permits and fees.
Maryland has its own rules for solid (nonhazardous) waste landfills. In addition, the federal solid waste landfill requirements also apply in Maryland. See the state section SOLID WASTE for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. MDE's Land Management Administration administers and enforces both the hazardous and solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill requirements in Maryland.