Governing Law and Regulations
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. Pennsylvania has adopted the federal listed hazardous wastes. The federal list is reviewed in the national section LISTED WASTES. When it is not promptly possible to determine if a material will be a hazardous waste, Pennsylvania requires that the material be managed as a hazardous waste until the determination is made that indicates it is not a hazardous waste. No delisting of hazardous waste is effective unless adopted by DEP. See the state section DELISTING PETITIONS for more information. 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.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Division of Hazardous Waste Management administers and enforces the rules for listed hazardous wastes in Pennsylvania.
25 Pa. Code 261a.3
Pennsylvania does not incorporate the exception to the definition of hazardous waste at 40 CFR 261.3(c)(2)(ii)(C). That section relates to certain nonwastewater residues, such as slag resulting from high-temperature metals ...