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Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Kentucky follows the federal lists of hazardous wastes and the rules pertaining to those wastes, and adds certain nerve and blister agents as state-only listed hazardous wastes. Sixteen of the Kentucky listed wastes were added in 2016.
If a waste cannot be identified in one of the federal hazardous waste lists, it still might be hazardous because it exhibits one or more characteristics of hazardous waste: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity. See the state section CHARACTERISTIC WASTE for more information.
Kentucky has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authorization to administer the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules, including the authority to delist RCRA hazardous wastes. See the state section DELISTING PETITIONS for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. The Department for Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Waste Management administers and enforces the listed hazardous waste rules in Kentucky.