Maryland RCRA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Maryland RCRA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste law and rules: Maryland Code Annotated, Environmental (Md. Code Ann., Envir.) 7-101 to 7-516, Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 26.10.15.01 to 26.10.15.06, and COMAR 26.13.01.01 to 26.13.10.31

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Solid (nonhazardous) waste law and rules: Md. Code Ann., Envir. 9-101 to 9-1907 and COMAR 26.04.06.01 to 26.04.09.12

Underground storage tank (UST) law and rules: Md. Code Ann., Envir. 4-401 to 4-607, COMAR 26.10.01.01 to 26.10.14.11, and COMAR 26.10.16.01 to 26.10.16.08

Regulatory Agencies

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Land Management Administration Hazardous Waste Program

MDE Land Management Administration Solid Waste Program

MDE Land Management Administration Oil Control Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Maryland'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 underground storage tanks (USTs). Maryland has received RCRA authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). RCRA authorization allows the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) 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, MDE must adopt EPA's latest ...


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Maryland RCRA Resources

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Forms Source Reduction strategy Manual
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