Governing Law and Regulations
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) Waste Management Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. New Hampshire'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. New Hampshire has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows DES 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, DES 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)