Maryland PCB Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Maryland PCB Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Listed wastes: Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR)

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Toxic air pollutants (TAPs): COMAR 26.11.15 and COMAR 26.11.16

Regulatory Agencies

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Land Management Administration

MDE Air and Radiation Management Administration (ARMA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Maryland follows federal regulations for handling, marking, treating, storing, and disposing of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and PCB items under 40 CFR 761, with additional state rules that designate waste PCBs as a listed hazardous waste. See the state section LISTED WASTES.

MDE also regulates PCBs as toxic air pollutants. See the state section HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS for additional information.

Administration and enforcement. EPA is responsible for enforcing the PCB regulations under TSCA. MDE's Land Management Administration administers and enforces the rules for listed hazardous wastes in Maryland, and ARMA administers and enforces the toxic air pollutant requirements.

State Requirements



Maryland's listed hazardous wastes include the federal list plus some additional sludges and residues, as well as materials that contain PCBs.

Maryland defines PCBs as acutely hazardous wastes for concentrations over 500 parts per million (ppm). PCB concentrations between 50 ppm and 500 ppm are identified as Maryland Toxics, which are similar to the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) "U" category.

EPA does not regulate PCBs under RCRA, but under the ...

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