Virginia RCRA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia RCRA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste law and rules: Virginia Waste Management Act, Virginia Code Annotated (VCA) 10.1- to 10.1-1457 and regulations at 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 20-40 to 9 VAC 20-60, and 9 VAC 20-110

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Solid (nonhazardous) waste law and rules: Virginia Waste Management Act, VCA 10.1-1400 to 10.1-1457 and regulations at 9 VAC 20-70, 9 VAC 20-81, 9 VAC 20-90, 9 VAC 20-130, and 9 VAC 20-170

Underground storage tank (UST) law and rules: Virginia Groundwater Management Act of 1992: Virginia Code Annotated, VCA 62.1-254 et seq. and regulations at 9 VAC 25-580 and 9 VAC 25-590, and Appendices

Regulatory Agencies

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 ...


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Virginia RCRA Resources

Type Title
Forms Source Reduction strategy Manual
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