Governing Law and Regulations
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP)
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Public Health
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Unlike many states, in Kentucky, medical waste is considered municipal solid waste and is subject to the same disposal requirements as household garbage. It may be disposed of in a permitted contained landfill. Kentucky's hospital and nursing facility regulations require sharps and other specified wastes to be incinerated or rendered nonhazardous.
Kentucky has not established regulations consistent with the federal guidelines for existing hospital, medical, and infectious waste incinerators (HMIWIs) because the state has received approval of a negative declaration confirming that no applicable sources exist in the state. See the state section INCINERATION OF WASTES for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. The Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) administers and enforces the state's requirements for solid waste disposal facilities and medical waste incinerators. The Kentucky ...