Governing Law and Regulations
Dangerous waste law and rules: Hazardous Waste Management Act of 1976, Revised Code of Washington (RCW), 70-105, RCW 70-105D, and RCW 70-105E; RCW 70-95C, RCW 70-95E, and regulations at Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-303 and WAC 173-305
Solid (nondangerous) waste law and rules: Solid Waste Management Act, RCW 70-95, RCW 70-95B, RCW 70-95D, and RCW 70-95J, and regulations at WAC 173-300, WAC 173-304, WAC 173-306, WAC 173-308, WAC 173-313, WAC 173-330, WAC 173-331, WAC 173-350, WAC 173-351, and WAC 173-434
Underground storage tank law and rules: RCW 90.76, RCW 70.148, and regulations at WAC 173-360 and WAC 173-340-450
Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program
WDOE Waste 2 Resources Program
WDOE Toxics Cleanup Program UST Section
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Washington's waste management rules include many of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA) rules as well as more stringent state requirements. Washington refers to hazardous waste as dangerous waste and the state's dangerous waste management program includes RCRA hazardous waste rules as well as additional state standards. Washington has received RCRA authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). RCRA authorization allows the Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) to administer and enforce the state's dangerous waste, solid (nondangerous) waste, and underground storage tank (UST) management programs.
To receive RCRA authorization ...