New Jersey Landfills regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New Jersey Landfills: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste landfill rules: New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC) 7:26G-8.1(a) and 7:26G-9.1(a) (interim status)

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Solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill rules: NJAC 7:26-1.1 to 7:26-17.26

Regulatory Agency

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Environmental Regulation Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Program

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New Jersey has incorporated by reference the federal rules for the management of hazardous waste landfills. In addition, owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) that use hazardous waste landfills must comply with state permit application requirements and pay several state permit and facility fees. The state's more stringent permit standards and fees are reviewed in the state section TSDF PERMITS.

Note: At present, New Jersey has no commercial landfills that accept hazardous waste. New Jersey has its own rules for solid (nonhazardous) waste landfills, including requirements for siting, leachate control, surface water and groundwater protection, ambient air quality protection, prevention of soil erosion and sedimentation, permitting, operation and design, groundwater monitoring, and fees for annual registration and compliance monitoring services. See the state section SOLID WASTE for more information.

Administration and enforcement. DEP's Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Program administers and enforces both the hazardous and solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill requirements in New Jersey.


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