Governing Law and Regulations
Hazardous waste law and rules: Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 224.46-012 to 224.46-590 and regulations at 401 Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) 30:005 to 30:040, 401 KAR 39:005, 401 KAR 39:060, 401 KAR 39:080, 401 KAR 39:090, 401 KAR 39:120, and 401 KAR 40:001 to 40:060
Solid (nonhazardous) waste law and rules: KRS 224.43-010 to 224.43-505, 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 49:080
Underground storage tank (UST) law and rules: KRS 224.60-100 to 224.60-160 and regulations at 401 KAR 42:005 to 42:340
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
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 the EPA. RCRA authorization allows the Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste, solid (nonhazardous) waste, and UST management programs.
To receive RCRA authorization from the 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, the DEP must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules or adopt more stringent state standards. See the following state sections ...