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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Utah's infectious (medical) waste regulations apply to generators; transporters; and facilities that treat, store, or dispose of infectious waste. Utah uses the term "infectious waste" instead of "medical waste."
Hospital/medical/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 Utah Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste administers and enforces the medical waste regulations in Utah.