Pennsylvania Landfills regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Landfills: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste landfill rules: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 264a.1(a), 25 Pa. Code 264a.301, and 25 Pa. Code 265a.1(a) (interim status)

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Liner requirements: 25 Pa. Code 264a.301

Solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill rules: 25 Pa. Code 273 (municipal waste landfills), 25 Pa. Code 277 (construction/ demolition landfills), and 25 Pa. Code 288 (residual waste landfills)

Regulatory Agency

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Waste, Air, and Radiation Management Bureau of Waste Management Division of Hazardous Waste Management

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. At present, Pennsylvania has no commercial landfills that accept hazardous waste. However, the state's hazardous waste program retains hazardous waste landfill regulations that follow the federal rules and have more stringent requirements in connection with liners and facility permits.

Pennsylvania has its own rules for solid (nonhazardous) waste landfills. In addition, the federal solid waste landfill requirements apply in Pennsylvania. See the state section SOLID WASTE for more information.

Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Waste Management administers and enforces both the hazardous and solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill requirements in Pennsylvania.

State Requirements



25 Pa. Code 264a.301

A minimum distance of 4 feet must be maintained between the bottom of the liner and the seasonal high water table without the use of artificial or man-made groundwater drainage or dewatering systems. (Soil mottling may indicate the ...

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