Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Division of Environment Bureau of Waste Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Wastes may be classified as hazardous because of their characteristics or if they have been placed on hazardous waste lists by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Kansas has adopted by reference the federal lists of hazardous wastes. See the national section LISTED WASTES for more information.
Kansas regulations for identifying characteristic hazardous waste are the same as the federal regulations, including the criteria for identifying hazardous waste by the characteristics of ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity. The federal characteristic waste requirements are described in the national section CHARACTERISTIC WASTE.
If you manage hazardous waste, you must determine your generator status. Kansas has established a fourth generator classification, "Kansas small quantity generator." See the state section, GENERATORS for more information.
Under the federal universal waste rule, identified hazardous wastes remain hazardous wastes but are not collected and managed in compliance with the full hazardous waste rules. See the state section UNIVERSAL WASTES for more information.
Although Kansas has received EPA authorization to administer the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules, KDHE does not have authority to delist RCRA wastes under federal rules