Kentucky RCRA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Kentucky RCRA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste law and rules: Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 224.46-012 to 224.46-870, and regulations at 401 Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) 30:005 to 40:060

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Solid (nonhazardous) waste law and rules: KRS 224.43-010 to 224.43-815, KRS 224.40-100 to 224.40-650, KRS 224.50-760, KRS 224.50-850 to 224.50-880, and regulations at 401 KAR 30:005 to 30:040 and 401 KAR 45:010 to 49:210

Underground storage tank (UST) law and rules: KRS 224.60-100 to 224.60-160 and regulations at 401 KAR 42:005 to 42:200

Regulatory Agencies

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management

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. Kentucky's waste management rules include many of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA) rules as well as more stringent state requirements for hazardous and solid (nonhazardous) waste management and USTs. Kentucky has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows DEP 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 consistent with, the federal RCRA rules. To maintain federal authorization, DEP must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules or adopt more stringent state standards. See the following state sections for specific information: HAZARDOUS WASTE (REGULATORY OVERVIEW), SOLID WASTE, and UNDERGROUND ...


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Kentucky RCRA Resources

Type Title
Forms Source Reduction strategy Manual
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