Governing Law and Regulations
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office of Remediation and Materials Management Division of Environmental Remediation
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. At present, New York has only one commercial landfill that accepts hazardous waste, located in Niagara County in Porter, New York. New York's hazardous waste landfill regulations include the federal rules and more stringent state requirements. The additional state rules, discussed briefly here, cover site characteristics, liners, and facility fees.
Note: A hazardous waste landfill is also referred to in New York as a "secure land-burial facility," a reference that is applicable also to closed waste piles.
New York has its own rules for solid (nonhazardous) waste landfills. See the state section SOLID WASTE for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. DEC's Division of Environmental Remediation administers and enforces both the hazardous and solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill requirements in New York.
6 NYCRR 373-2.14(b)
Hazardous waste landfills must meet the following facility location standards:
- Soil beneath the facility must ...