Governing Law and Regulations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Land Protection and Revitalization
Virginia Waste Management Board
DEQ Office of Spill Response and Remediation Petroleum Program
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Virginia'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). Virginia 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 authorization, DEQ must adopt ...