Governing Law and Regulations
Hazardous waste law and rules: Montana Hazardous Waste Act, Montana Code Annotated (MCA) 75-10-401 to 75-10-451 and regulations at Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 17.53.101 to 17.53.1502
Solid (nonhazardous) waste law and rules: Montana Solid Waste Management Act, MCA 75-10-201 to 75-10-250 and regulations at ARM 17.50.101 to 17.50.1405
Underground storage tank (UST) law and rules: Montana Underground Storage Tank Act, MCA 75-11-501 to 75-11-526; Montana Underground Storage Tank Installer Licensing and Permitting Act, MCA 75-11-201 to 75-11-232; and regulations at ARM 17.56.101 to 17.56.1505
Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Permitting and Compliance Division Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau
DEQ Remediation Division Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Bureau
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Montana's waste management rules have incorporated by reference most 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). Montana has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows DEQ 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 ...