Montana Landfills regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Montana Landfills: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste landfill rules: Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 17.53.801(1), ARM 17.53.802(17), and ARM 17.53.802(18); ARM 17.53.901(1) and ARM 17.53.902(17) (interim status)

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Solid waste (nonhazardous) landfill rules: ARM 17.50.101 to 17.50.726

Regulatory Agency

Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Permitting and Compliance Division Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau Hazardous Materials Section Hazardous Waste Program

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Although at present, Montana has no commercial landfills that accept hazardous waste, the state's hazardous waste management program has adopted by reference hazardous waste landfill regulations that follow the federal rules, including those for lab packs. However, the state has not adopted the provision at 40 CFR 264.316(b) pertaining to lab packs and metal shipping containers that are tank cars, as specified in 49 CFR 179 (ARM 17.53.802(18)).

In addition, any owner or operator of a hazardous waste landfill is required to comply with more stringent standards in connection with permits by rule and permit modifications and to pay state permit application and permit certification fees. See the state section TSDF PERMITS for more information.

Note: Many states do accept lab packs for disposal. Always check another state's lab pack rules before sending the lab pack out of state for disposal.

Montana follows the federal solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill rules and adds its own more stringent requirements. See the state section SOLID WASTE for more information.

Administration and enforcement.

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