Governing Law and Regulations
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Land Protection Division
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The management of regulated medical waste (RMW) is regulated under Oklahoma's solid waste regulations. Generators, transporters, and treatment and disposal facilities are required to comply with numerous standards for storage, containment, treatment, and disposal of RMW.
Hospital, medical, and infectious waste incinerators (HMIWIs) are regulated by the federal New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) for new HMIWIs. Existing HMIWIs must comply with state regulations consistent with the federal emissions guidelines, or, in the absence of such regulations, comply with the federal plan requirements for existing HMIWIs. See the state section INCINERATION OF WASTES for more information on hospital, medical, and infectious waste incineration.
• Administration and enforcement. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Land Protection Division administers and enforces the state's requirements for RMW in Oklahoma.