Montana PCB Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Montana PCB Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste definition: Montana Code Annotated (MCA) 75-2-103(10)

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Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Class II landfills: Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 17.50.1103

Regulatory Agencies

Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Permitting and Compliance Division

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Montana includes in its definition of hazardous waste a waste containing two parts or more per million of PCBs. At present, Montana has no commercial landfills that accept hazardous waste. However, the state's hazardous waste management program has adopted hazardous waste landfill regulations that follow the federal rules. See the state section TSDF PERMITS for more information. Following federal rules, owners or operators of all Class II landfill units must implement a program at the facility for detecting and preventing the disposal of regulated hazardous wastes or PCB wastes.

Administration and enforcement. EPA's Region 8 office enforces federal regulations for PCB disposal and storage. DEQ is responsible for administering the rules that prohibit the disposal of PCBs in landfills and hazardous waste treatment rules.

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