New York Neutralization of Wastes regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New York Neutralization of Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Definition of elementary neutralization unit: 6 New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR) 370.2

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Facility permit exemption: 6 NYCRR 373-1.1(d)(1)(xii)

Regulatory Agency

New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Although New York uses the federal definition of elementary neutralization unit, the state's permit exemption requirements for these units are stricter than the federal requirements.

Administration and enforcement. DEC's Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials administers and enforces the hazardous waste neutralization rules in New York.

State Requirements


6 NYCRR 373-1.1(d)(1)(xii)

New York exempts elementary neutralization units from treatment, storage, and disposal facility permit requirements. This exemption applies only if the unit is used exclusively to neutralize waste that is recycled from characteristic hazardous waste or from the reclamation of precious metals from hazardous waste.

Elementary neutralization units that are used to commercially neutralize or treat hazardous wastes, generated only at geographically contiguous sites and transported via dedicated pipeline, are also exempt.

Neutralization units that meet either of these criteria must comply with the following waste management standards:

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