Governing Law and Regulations
Hazardous waste law and rules: Georgia Hazardous Waste Management Act, Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 12-8-60 to 12-8-83; Georgia Hazardous Site Response Act, CGA 12-8-90 to 12-8-97; Hazardous Site Reuse and Redevelopment Act, CGA 12-8-200 to 12-8-210; and regulations at Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia (GRR) 391-3-11
Nonhazardous (solid) waste law and rules: Georgia Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Act, CGA 12-8-20 to 12-8-41; Regional Solid Waste Management Authorities Act, CGA 12-8-50 to 12-8-59.2; and regulations at GRR 391-3-4
Underground storage tank (UST) law and rules: Georgia Underground Storage Tank Act, CGA 12-13-1 to 12-13-22 and regulations at GRR 391-3-15
Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Land Protection Branch
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Georgia's waste management rules include many of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA) rules as well as stricter state requirements for hazardous and solid (nonhazardous) waste management and underground storage tanks (USTs). Georgia has received RCRA authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). RCRA authorization allows the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste, solid (nonhazardous) waste, and UST management programs.
To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, a state's waste management rules must be, at the time of authorization, at least as stringent as, and ...