New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office of Remediation and Materials Management Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. New York has adopted the federal listed hazardous waste regulations and includes additional state listed hazardous wastes. See the national section LISTED WASTES for more information on the federal listed waste rules.
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. New York follows the federal rules that define a waste that exhibits the characteristics a hazardous waste. See the national section CHARACTERISTIC WASTE for additional information.
New York follows the majority of federal regulations for identifying and classifying hazardous waste. However, the state's provisions are more stringent because New York has not adopted all of the federal exclusions from hazardous waste regulation and has, in several instances, limited the availability of exclusions. See the state section HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) for details.
Waste generators may petition the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to have one or more of these state-listed wastes exempted from regulation at a particular facility. New York refers to these petitions as variances. For information on listed wastes, see the state ...