Pennsylvania RCRA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania RCRA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste law and regulations: Solid Waste Management Act, 35 Pennsylvania Statutes (Pa. Stat.) 6018.101 to 6018.1003 and regulations at 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 260a to 270a and 25 Pa. Code 298

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Solid (nonhazardous) waste law and regulations: Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling, and Waste Reduction Act, 53 Pa. Stat. 4000.101 to 4000.1904; Solid Waste Management Act, 35 Pa. Stat. 6018.101 to 6018.1003; Waste Tire Recycling Act, 35 Pa. Stat. 6029.101 to 6029.116; Solid Waste Resource Recovery Development Act, 35 Pa. Stat. 755.1 to 755.14; and regulations at 25 Pa. Code 76 and 25 Pa. Code 271 to 299

Underground storage tank (UST) law and regulations: Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act, 35 Pa. Stat. 6021.101 to 6021.2104 and regulations at 25 Pa. Code 245.1 to 245.708 and 25 Pa. Code 977.1 to 977.61

Regulatory Agencies

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Waste, Air, Radiation, and Remediation Management Bureau of Waste Management

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. Pennsylvania'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). Pennsylvania has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows DEP to enforce the state's hazardous waste, solid (nonhazardous) waste, and UST management programs.

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Pennsylvania RCRA Resources

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Forms Source Reduction strategy Manual
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