Governing Law and Regulations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10
Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. In Washington, PCB wastes are regulated by both the state's dangerous waste (DW) regulations and by EPA. The DW regulations regulate only the management of waste materials, while the federal rules are much broader and also regulate the manufacturing, processing, distribution and use of PCBs. The requirements of both rules must be met for any PCB waste. The DW regulations typically exclude from regulation any waste regulated under 40 CFR 761. For a summary of the state's DW rules, see the state section GENERATORS. Also, see the national section PCB MANAGEMENT for EPA PCB requirements.
In addition, landfill owners or operators must implement a program at the facility for detecting and preventing the disposal of regulated DW, including PCB waste, as defined in the state's dangerous waste regulations.
• Administration and enforcement. EPA administers and enforces the regulations for PCB management in Washington. WDOE administers and enforces the dangerous waste regulations, as well as ...